The Q Continuum Simulation: Harnessing the Power of GPU Accelerated Supercomputers
HEP Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, IL 60439
arXiv:1411.3396 [astro-ph.CO], (12 Nov 2014)
Modeling large-scale sky survey observations is a key driver for the continuing development of high resolution, large-volume, cosmological simulations. We report the first results from the ‘Q Continuum’ cosmological N-body simulation run carried out on the GPU-accelerated supercomputer Titan. The simulation encompasses a volume of (1300 Mpc)^3 and evolves more than half a trillion particles, leading to a particle mass resolution of ~1.5 X 10^8 M_sun. At this mass resolution, the Q Continuum run is currently the largest cosmology simulation available. It enables the construction of detailed synthetic sky catalogs, encompassing different modeling methodologies, including semi-analytic modeling and sub-halo abundance matching in a large, cosmological volume. Here we describe the simulation and outputs in detail and present first results for a range of cosmological statistics, such as mass power spectra, halo mass functions, and halo mass-concentration relations for different epochs. We also provide details on challenges connected to running a simulation on almost 90% of Titan, one of the fastest supercomputers in the world, including our usage of Titan’s GPU accelerators.
November 16, 2014 by hgpu