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Efficient Parallel All-Electron Four-Component Dirac–Kohn–Sham Program Using a Distributed Matrix Approach II

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posted on 10.12.2013, 00:00 by Loriano Storchi, Sergio Rampino, Leonardo Belpassi, Francesco Tarantelli, Harry M. Quiney
We propose a new complete memory-distributed algorithm, which significantly improves the parallel implementation of the all-electron four-component Dirac–Kohn–Sham (DKS) module of BERTHA (J. Chem. Theory Comput. 2010, 6, 384). We devised an original procedure for mapping the DKS matrix between an efficient integral-driven distribution, guided by the structure of specific G-spinor basis sets and by density fitting algorithms, and the two-dimensional block-cyclic distribution scheme required by the ScaLAPACK library employed for the linear algebra operations. This implementation, because of the efficiency in the memory distribution, represents a leap forward in the applicability of the DKS procedure to arbitrarily large molecular systems and its porting on last-generation massively parallel systems. The performance of the code is illustrated by some test calculations on several gold clusters of increasing size. The DKS self-consistent procedure has been explicitly converged for two representative clusters, namely Au20 and Au34, for which the density of electronic states is reported and discussed. The largest gold cluster uses more than 39k basis functions and DKS matrices of the order of 23 GB.

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