AAS 207th Meeting, 8-12 January 2006
Session 7 Astrobiology, SETI, Laboratory Astrophysics
Poster, Monday, 9:20am-7:00pm, January 9, 2006, Exhibit Hall

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[7.04] A Novel Implementation of Massively Parallel Three Dimensional Monte Carlo Radiation Transport

P. B. Robinson, J.D.L. Peterson (LLNL and Vassar College)

The goal of our summer project was to implement the difference formulation for radiation transport into Cosmos++, a multidimensional, massively parallel, magneto hydrodynamics code for astrophysical applications (Peter Anninos – AX). The difference formulation is a new method for Symbolic Implicit Monte Carlo thermal transport (Brooks and Szöke – PAT). Formerly, simultaneous implementation of fully implicit Monte Carlo radiation transport in multiple dimensions on multiple processors had not been convincingly demonstrated. We found that a combination of the difference formulation and the inherent structure of Cosmos++ makes such an implementation both accurate and straightforward. We developed a “nearly nearest neighbor physics” technique to allow each processor to work independently, even with a fully implicit code. This technique coupled with the increased accuracy of an implicit Monte Carlo solution and the efficiency of parallel computing systems allows us to demonstrate the possibility of massively parallel thermal transport. This work was performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by University of California Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under contract No. W-7405-Eng-48

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: perobinson@vassar.edu

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