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An Accelerator for Physics Simulations
September/October 2007 (vol. 9 no. 5)
pp. 16-25
Giovanni Danese, University of Pavia
Francesco Leporati, University of Pavia
Marco Bera, University of Pavia
Mauro Giachero, University of Pavia
Nelson Nazzicari, University of Pavia
Alvaro Spelgatti, University of Pavia
An accelerator based on field-programmable gate array (FPGA) technology accelerates double-precision floating-point operations present in the energy calculation of Monte Carlo–Metropolis simulations. The accelerator uses COTS components and is scalable in terms of clock frequency, memory capability, and number of computing units. It could also be part of a cluster of accelerated workstations.
Index Terms:
gate arrays, instruction set design, parallel processors, Monte Carlo dynamics
Giovanni Danese, Francesco Leporati, Marco Bera, Mauro Giachero, Nelson Nazzicari, Alvaro Spelgatti, "An Accelerator for Physics Simulations," Computing in Science and Engineering, vol. 9, no. 5, pp. 16-25, Sept.-Oct. 2007, doi:10.1109/MCSE.2007.94
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