Parallel molecular dynamics on a multi signalprocessor system

Electronics Laboratory, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, CH-8092 Zürich, Switzerland
Computer Physics Communications (Impact Factor: 3.11). 04/1993; 75(1-2):65-86. DOI: 10.1016/0010-4655(93)90165-9


This paper gives an overview of a parallel computer architecture called MUSIC (Multi Signalprocessor System with Intelligent Communication), which has been developed at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. The current version achieves a peak performance of 3.8 GFlops. We discuss the system software and tools used to program the system and then present our implementation of a molecular dynamics simulation program which uses the architecture of MUSIC in an efficient way. We demonstrate the correctness of our implementation and give measurements of the performance of the system. To the best of our knowledge, MUSIC outperforms the most powerful present-day vector supercomputers.

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