Dominic Röhm

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Dominic Röhm
PhD student
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Institute for Computational Physics
Universität Stuttgart
Allmandring 3
70569 Stuttgart

Diploma Thesis

Lattice-Boltzmann-Simulations on GPUs

In coarse-grained Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of large macromolecules, the number of solvent molecules is normally so large that most of the computation time is spent on the solvent. For this reason one is interested in replacing the solvent by a lattice fluid using the Lattice-Boltzmann (LB) method. The LB method is well known and on large length and timescales it leads to a hydrodynamic flow field that satisfies the Navier-Stokes equation. If the lattice fluid should be coupled to a conventional MD simulation of the coarse-grained particles, it is necessary to thermalize the fluid. While the MD particles are easily coupled via friction terms to the fluid, the correct thermalization of the lattice fluid requires to switch into mode space, which makes thermalized LB more complex and computationally expensive. However, the LB method is particularly well suited for the highly parallel architecture of graphics processors (GPUs). I am working on a fully thermalized GPU-LB implementation which is coupled to a MD that is running on a conventional CPU using the simulation package ESPResSo [1]. This implementation is on a single NVIDIA GTX480 or C2050 about 50 times faster than on a recent AMD Athlon IIX4 quadcore, therefore replacing a full compute rack by a single desktop PC with a highend graphics card.


Curriculum vitae

Scientific education

  • May. 2011 - ... Doctorate studies at Institute for Computational Physics (University of Stuttgart)
  • May. 2011 Diploma in Physics at University of Stuttgart
  • Oct. 2005 - ... May. 2011 Studies of Physics at the University of Stuttgart