Plasma and Fusion Research
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Computation-Communication Overlap Techniques for Parallel Spectral Calculations in Gyrokinetic Vlasov Simulations
Shinya MAEYAMATomohiko WATANABEYasuhiro IDOMURAMotoki NAKATAMasanori NUNAMIAkihiro ISHIZAWA
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2013 Volume 8 Pages 1403150

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One of the important phenomena in magnetically-confined fusion plasma is plasma turbulence, which causes particle and heat transport and degrades plasma confinement. To address multi-scale turbulence including temporal and spatial scales of electrons and ions, we extend our gyrokinetic Vlasov simulation code GKV to run efficiently on peta-scale supercomputers. A key numerical technique is the parallel Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) required for parallel spectral calculations, where masking of the cost of inter-node transpose communications is essential to improve strong scaling. To mask communication costs, computation-communication overlap techniques are applied for FFTs and transpose with the help of the hybrid parallelization of message passing interface and open multi-processing. Integrated overlaps including whole spectral calculation procedures show better scaling than simple overlaps of FFTs and transpose. The masking of communication costs significantly improves strong scaling of the GKV code, and makes substantial speed-up toward multi-scale turbulence simulations.

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