Scalable Evaluation of Polarization Energy and Associated Forces in Polarizable Molecular Dynamics: II. Towards Massively Parallel Computations using Smooth Particle Mesh Ewald

Abstract : In this article, we present a parallel implementation of point dipole-based polarizable force fields for molecular dynamics (MD) simulations with periodic boundary conditions (PBC). The smooth particle mesh Ewald technique is combined with two optimal iterative strategies, namely, a preconditioned conjugate gradient solver and a Jacobi solver in conjunction with the direct inversion in the iterative subspace for convergence acceleration, to solve the polarization equations. We show that both solvers exhibit very good parallel performances and overall very competitive timings in an energy and force computation needed to perform a MD step. Various tests on large systems are provided in the context of the polarizable AMOEBA force field as implemented in the newly developed Tinker-HP package, which is the first implementation of a polarizable model that makes large-scale experiments for massively parallel PBC point dipole models possible. We show that using a large number of cores offers a significant acceleration of the overall process involving the iterative methods within the context of SPME and a noticeable improvement of the memory management, giving access to very large systems (hundreds of thousands of atoms) as the algorithm naturally distributes the data on different cores. Coupled with advanced MD techniques, gains ranging from 2 to 3 orders of magnitude in time are now possible compared to nonoptimized, sequential implementations, giving new directions for polarizable molecular dynamics with periodic boundary conditions using massively parallel implementations.
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Louis Lagardere, Filippo Lipparini, Etienne Polack, Benjamin Stamm, Eric Cances, et al.. Scalable Evaluation of Polarization Energy and Associated Forces in Polarizable Molecular Dynamics: II. Towards Massively Parallel Computations using Smooth Particle Mesh Ewald. Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation, American Chemical Society, 2015, 11 (6), pp.2589-2599. ⟨http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.jctc.5b00171⟩. ⟨10.1021/acs.jctc.5b00171⟩. ⟨hal-01223161⟩

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