Geant4 distributed computing for compact clusters


Journal Article

A new technique for distribution of Geant4 processes is introduced to simplify running a simulation in a parallel environment such as a tightly coupled computer cluster. Using a new C++ class derived from the Geant4 toolkit, multiple runs forming a single simulation are managed across a local network of computers with a simple inter-node communication protocol. The class is integrated with the Geant4 toolkit and is designed to scale from a single symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) machine to compact clusters ranging in size from tens to thousands of nodes. User designed 'work tickets' are distributed to clients using a client-server work flow model to specify the parameters for each individual run of the simulation. The new g4DistributedRunManager class was developed and well tested in the course of our Neutron Stimulated Emission Computed Tomography (NSECT) experiments. It will be useful for anyone running Geant4 for large discrete data sets such as covering a range of angles in computed tomography, calculating dose delivery with multiple fractions or simply speeding the through-put of a single model. © 2014 Elsevier B.V.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Harrawood, BP; Agasthya, GA; Lakshmanan, MN; Raterman, G; Kapadia, AJ

Published Date

  • November 11, 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 764 /

Start / End Page

  • 11 - 17

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0168-9002

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.nima.2014.07.014

Citation Source

  • Scopus