Billion-atom Synchronous Parallel Kinetic Monte Carlo Simulations of Critical 3D Ising Systems
An extension of the synchronous parallel kinetic Monte Carlo (pkMC) algorithm developed by Martinez et al [ J.\ Comp.\ Phys. 227 (2008) 3804] to discrete lattices is presented. The method solves the master equation synchronously by recourse to null events that keep all processors time clocks current in a global sense. Boundary conflicts are rigorously solved by adopting a chessboard decomposition into non-interacting sublattices. We find that the bias introduced by the spatial correlations attendant to the sublattice decomposition is within the standard deviation of the serial method, which confirms the statistical validity of the method. We have assessed the parallel efficiency of the method and find that our algorithm scales consistently with problem size and sublattice partition. We apply the method to the calculation of scale-dependent critical exponents in billion-atom 3D Ising systems, with very good agreement with state-of-the-art multispin simulations.