Scalable Cosmological Simulations on Parallel Machines
International Meeting on High Performance Computing for Computational Science (VECPAR) 2006
Publication Type: Talk
Cosmological simulators are currently an important component in the study of the formation of galaxies and planetary systems. However, existing simulators do not scale effectively on more recent machines containing thousands of processors. In this talk, we introduce a new parallel simulator called ParallelGravity. This simulator is based on the Charm++ infrastructure, which provides a powerful runtime system that automatically maps computation to physical processors. Using Charm++ features, in particular its measurement-based load balancers, we were able to scale the gravitational force calculation of ParallelGravity on up to one thousand processors, with astronomical datasets containing millions of particles. As we pursue the completion of a production version of the code, our current experimental results show that ParallelGravity may become a powerful resource for the astronomy community.