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Title: Application of parallel computers to particle physics
Author: Booth, Stephen Peter
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1992
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Abstract:
This thesis describes lattice gauge theories and discusses methods used to simulate them stochastically. The use of parallel computers for these simulations is discussed in depth. Various pseudo-random number generator algorithms are reviewed and the implementation of these algorithms on parallel systems is investigated. The strong-coupling phase transition of non-compact lattice QED is investigated. The phase diagram of strong-coupling non-compact lattice QED with an additional four-fermion interaction is deduced using a series of dynamical fermion simulations. The mass dependence of the system is investigated for non-compact QED and along the β = 2.0 axis, which is close to a system with only four-fermi interactions. These results are compared with solutions to the gap equation in order to determine if the data is consistent with a mean-field interpretation. An interpolation technique intended to improve the utilisation of the available data is investigated. The simulation program is also described in detail as a case study of a parallel implementation of a lattice gauge theory. The implementation of QCD on an i860 based parallel computer is described in depth. This includes a description of how code is optimised for the i860, an analysis of the time-critical portions of the code and a discussion of how these routines were implemented. Timings for these routines are given. Some results from these simulations are also presented.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.641782  DOI: Not available
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