How well do starlab and nbody compare? II. Hardware and accuracy

Anders, P., Baumgardt, H., Gaburov, E. and Zwart, S. Portegies (2012) How well do starlab and nbody compare? II. Hardware and accuracy. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 421 4: 3557-3569. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2966.2012.20581.x


Author Anders, P.
Baumgardt, H.
Gaburov, E.
Zwart, S. Portegies
Title How well do starlab and nbody compare? II. Hardware and accuracy
Journal name Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0035-8711
1365-2966
Publication date 2012-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2966.2012.20581.x
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 421
Issue 4
Start page 3557
End page 3569
Total pages 13
Place of publication Oxford United Kingdom
Publisher Oxford University Press
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Most recent progress in understanding the dynamical evolution of star clusters relies on direct N-body simulations. Owing to the computational demands, and the desire to model more complex and more massive star clusters, hardware calculational accelerators, such as Gravity Pipe (GRAPE) special-purpose hardware or, more recently, graphics prucessing units (GPUs) are generally utilized. In addition, simulations can be accelerated by adjusting parameters determining the calculation accuracy (i.e. changing the internal simulation time-step used for each star).

We extend our previous thorough comparison of basic quantities as derived from simulations performed either with starlab/kira or nbody6. Here we focus on differences arising from using different hardware accelerations (including the increasingly popular graphic card accelerations/GPUs) and different calculation accuracy settings.

We use the large number of star cluster models (for a fixed stellar mass function, without stellar/binary evolution, primordial binaries, external tidal fields, etc.) already used in the previous paper, evolve them with starlab/kira (and nbody6, where required), analyse them in a consistent way and compare the averaged results quantitatively. For this quantitative comparison, we apply the bootstrap algorithm for functional dependencies developed in our previous study.

In general, we find very high comparability of the simulation results, independent of the computer hardware (including the hardware accelerators) and the N-body code used. For the tested accuracy settings, we find that for reduced accuracy (i.e. time-step at least a factor of 2.5 larger than the standard setting) most simulation results deviate significantly from the results using standard settings. The remaining deviations are comprehensible and explicable.
Keyword Methods: data analysis
Methods: numerical
Methods: statistical
Open clusters and associations: general
Galaxies: star clusters: general
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: School of Mathematics and Physics
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