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Title: Algorithms in lattice QCD
Author: Pickles, Stephen M.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1998
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Abstract:
The enormous computing resources that large-scale simulations in Lattice QCD require will continue to test the limits of even the largest supercomputers into the foreseeable future. The efficiency of such simulations will therefore concern practitioners of lattice QCD for some time to come. I begin with an introduction to those aspects of lattice QCD essential to the remainder of the thesis, and follow with a description of the Wilson fermion matrix M, an object which is central to my theme. The principal bottleneck in Lattice QCD simulations is the solution of linear systems involving M, and this topic is treated in depth. I compare some of the more popular iterative methods, including Minimal Residual, Corij ugate Gradient on the Normal Equation, BI-Conjugate Gradient, QMR., BiCGSTAB and BiCGSTAB2, and then turn to a study of block algorithms, a special class of iterative solvers for systems with multiple right-hand sides. Included in this study are two block algorithms which had not previously been applied to lattice QCD. The next chapters are concerned with a generalised Hybrid Monte Carlo algorithm (OHM C) for QCD simulations involving dynamical quarks. I focus squarely on the efficient and robust implementation of GHMC, and describe some tricks to improve its performance. A limited set of results from HMC simulations at various parameter values is presented. A treatment of the non-hermitian Lanczos method and its application to the eigenvalue problem for M rounds off the theme of large-scale matrix computations.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.660603  DOI: Not available
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