Liquid water: Obtaining the right answer for the right reasons

Edoardo Aprà, Alistair P. Rendell, Robert J. Harrison, Vinod Tipparaju, Wibe A. DeJong, Sotiris S. Xantheas

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Abstract

Water is ubiquitous on our planet and plays an essential role in several key chemical and biological processes. Accurate models for water are crucial in understanding, controlling and predicting the physical and chemical properties of complex aqueous systems. Over the last few years we have been developing a molecular-level based approach for a macroscopic model for water that is based on the explicit description of the underlying intermolecular interactions between molecules in water clusters. In the absence of detailed experimental data for small water clusters, highly-accurate theoretical results are required to validate and parameterize model potentials. As an example of the benchmarks needed for the development of accurate models for the interaction between water molecules, for the most stable structure of (H2O)20 we ran a coupled-cluster calculation on the ORNL's Jaguar petaflop computer that used over 100 TB of memory for a sustained performance of 487 TFLOP/s (double precision) on 96,000 processors, lasting for 2 hours. By this summer we will have studied multiple structures of both (H2O)20 and (H2O)24 and completed basis set and other convergence studies and anticipate the sustained performance rising close to 1 PFLOP/s.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Conference on High Performance Computing Networking, Storage and Analysis, SC '09
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009
Externally publishedYes
EventConference on High Performance Computing Networking, Storage and Analysis, SC '09 - Portland, OR, United States
Duration: 14 Nov 200920 Nov 2009

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Conference on High Performance Computing Networking, Storage and Analysis, SC '09

Conference

ConferenceConference on High Performance Computing Networking, Storage and Analysis, SC '09
CountryUnited States
CityPortland, OR
Period14/11/0920/11/09

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    Aprà, E., Rendell, A. P., Harrison, R. J., Tipparaju, V., DeJong, W. A., & Xantheas, S. S. (2009). Liquid water: Obtaining the right answer for the right reasons. In Proceedings of the Conference on High Performance Computing Networking, Storage and Analysis, SC '09 [1654127] (Proceedings of the Conference on High Performance Computing Networking, Storage and Analysis, SC '09). https://doi.org/10.1145/1654059.1654127