Exploiting multiple levels of parallelism in Molecular Dynamics based calculations via modern techniques and software paradigms on distributed memory computers

ME Tuckerman and DA Yarne and SO Samuelson and AL Hughes and GJ Martyna, COMPUTER PHYSICS COMMUNICATIONS, 128, 333-376 (2000).

DOI: 10.1016/S0010-4655(00)00077-1

Modern Molecular Dynamics methods are employed to study quantum manybody systems, chemically reactive systems including explicit electronic degrees of freedom, and combinations thereof as well as large classical biomolecular systems. Thus, complex problems such as isotope effects on enzymatic reactions can now be examined, routinely. In this article, modern molecular dynamics methods are reviewed and their application to quantum manybody systems and electronic structure calculations described. The resulting methodology, however, while powerful, is computationally intensive. Therefore, the mathematical structure of the techniques has been exploited to develop distributed memory parallel algorithms employing multiple levels of discretization. These multilevel-parallel methods are efficient and permit the large complex systems, such as enzyme catalysis, to be treated easily. In addition, it is shown how modern object oriented programming paradigms can be employed to implement multilevel parallel algorithms in a large computational package rapidly and efficiently. Finally, results and timings obtaining using the PINY_MD package developed by the authors are given for a variety of novel systems. (C) 2000 Published by Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

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