Optimization of the Kinetic Activation-Relaxation Technique, an off- lattice and self-learning kinetic Monte-Carlo method

JF Joly and LK Beland and P Brommer and F El-Mellouhi and N Mousseau, HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTING SYMPOSIUM 2011, 341, 012007 (2012).

DOI: 10.1088/1742-6596/341/1/012007

We present two major optimizations for the kinetic Activation-Relaxation Technique (k-ART), an off-lattice self-learning kinetic Monte Carlo (KMC) algorithm with on-the-fly event search THAT has been successfully applied to study a number of semiconducting and metallic systems. K-ART is parallelized in a non-trivial way: A master process uses several worker processes to perform independent event searches for possible events, while all bookkeeping and the actual simulation is performed by the master process. Depending on the complexity of the system studied, the parallelization scales well for tens to more than one hundred processes. For dealing with large systems, we present a near order 1 implementation. Techniques such as Verlet lists, cell decomposition and partial force calculations are implemented, and the CPU time per time step scales sublinearly with the number of particles, providing an efficient use of computational resources.

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