Particle-in-cell plasma simulation using Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors


  • I.A. Surmin Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod
  • S.I. Bastrakov Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod
  • A.A. Gonoskov Institute of Applied Physics of RAS
  • E.S. Efimenko Institute of Applied Physics of RAS
  • I.B. Meyerov Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod


plasma physics, particle-in-cell method, high-performance computing, Xeon Phi, performance optimization


A high performance implementation of particle-in-cell methods for laser plasma simulation is considered. The PICADOR code is used. An efficient utilization of the new Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors is discussed. It is shown that a code optimized well for traditional CPUs is not always efficient on coprocessors without additional optimization. A number of ways for the performance optimization of numerical plasma simulation are analyzed. The results of computing experiments show 1.8 times speed up on Xeon Phi compared to an optimized code on CPU.

Author Biographies

I.A. Surmin

S.I. Bastrakov

A.A. Gonoskov

E.S. Efimenko

Institute of Applied Physics of RAS
• Junior Researcher

I.B. Meyerov

Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod
• Deputy Head of Department


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How to Cite

Сурмин И., Бастраков С., Гоносков А., Ефименко Е., Мееров И. Particle-in-Cell Plasma Simulation Using Intel Xeon Phi Coprocessors // Numerical Methods and Programming (Vychislitel’nye Metody i Programmirovanie). 2014. 15. 530-536



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