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Paper: Supermassive Black Hole Binaries in High Performance Massively Parallel Direct N-body Simulations on Large GPU Clusters
Volume: 453, Advances in Computational Astrophysics: Methods, Tools, and Outcome
Page: 223
Authors: Spurzem, R.; Berczik, P.; Zhong, S.; Nitadori, K.; Hamada, T.; Berentzen, I.; Veles, A.
Abstract: Astrophysical Computer Simulations of Dense Star Clusters in Galactic Nuclei with Supermassive Black Holes are presented using new cost-efficient supercomputers in China accelerated by graphical processing cards (GPU). We use large high-accuracy direct N-body simulations with Hermite scheme and block-time steps, parallelised across a large number of nodes on the large scale and across many GPU thread processors on each node on the small scale. A sustained performance of more than 350 Tflop/s for a science run on using simultaneously 1600 Fermi C2050 GPUs is reached; a detailed performance model is presented and studies for the largest GPU clusters in China with up to Petaflop/s performance and 7000 Fermi GPU cards. In our case study we look at two supermassive black holes with equal and unequal masses embedded in a dense stellar cluster in a galactic nucleus. The hardening processes due to interactions between black holes and stars, effects of rotation in the stellar system and relativistic forces between the black holes are simultaneously taken into account. The simulation stops at the complete relativistic merger of the black holes.
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