Parallelization strategies for Monte Carlo simulations of thin film deposition

J. W. Shu, Qin Lu, Wai On Wong, Hanchen Huang

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Atomistic simulations of thin film deposition, based on the lattice Monte Carlo method, provide insights into the microstructure evolution at the atomic level. However, large-scale atomistic simulation is limited on a single computer - due to memory and speed constraints. Parallel computation, although promising in memory and speed, has not been widely applied in these simulations because of the intimidating overhead. The key issue in achieving optimal performance is, therefore, to reduce communication overhead among processors. In this paper, we propose a new parallel algorithm for the simulation of large-scale thin film deposition incorporating two optimization strategies: (1) domain decomposition with sub-domain overlapping and (2) asynchronous communication. This algorithm was implemented both on message-passing-processor systems (MPP) and on cluster computers. We found that both architectures are suitable for parallel Monte Carlo simulation of thin film deposition in either a distributed memory mode or a shared memory mode with message-passing libraries.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-45
Number of pages12
JournalComputer Physics Communications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2002


  • Domain decomposition
  • Message passing
  • Monte Carlo method
  • Parallel computation
  • Thin film deposition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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