Parallelization of plasma simulation codes: gridless finite size particle versus particle in cell approach

S. Briguglio, G. Vlad, B. Di Martino, G. Fogaccia

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The main features of gridless finite-size-particle codes are examined and compared with those of particle-in-cell ones, from the point of view of the performances that can be obtained, with respect to both the spatial-resolution level and the efficiency of parallel particle simulations. The particle-decomposition parallelization strategy is discussed, and its implementation in the framework of the High Performance Fortran paradigm is presented. It is shown that such codes are particularly suited for particle-decomposition parallelization on distributed-memory architectures, as they present a strong reduction, in comparison with particle-in-cell codes, of the memory and computational offsets related to storing and updating the replicated fluctuating-field arrays.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)541 - 552
Number of pages12
JournalFuture Generation Computer Systems
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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