All-ORders Spectral Algorithm (AORSA)

The PERC project is a DOE/MICS sponsored SciDAC project to develop a science for understanding performance of scientific applications on high-end computer systems and to develop engineering strategies for improving performance on these systems. The project draws on DOE's key computation science applications in climate modeling, astrophysics, high energy physics, genomics, astrophysics, and fusion energy and will seek to: The all-orders spectral algorithm (AORSA)
AORSA is one of the major applications of DOE's fusion modeling program and so has been selected by the PERC project as one of the applications to analyze and model. The AORSA model is being used in the Fusion Energy SciDAC project :    Numerical Computation of Wave Plasma-Interactions in Multi-dimensional Systems . There are a 2-D and 3-D versions of AORSA. AORSA-2D provides a high-resolution, two-dimensional solutions for mode conversion and high harmonic fast wave heating in tokamak plasmas. AORSA-2D takes advantage of new computational techniques for massively parallel computers to solve the integral form of the wave equation in two dimensions without any restriction on wavelength relative to orbit size, and with no limit on the number of cyclotron harmonics retained. AORSA-3D model provides fully three-dimensional solutions of the integral wave equation for minority ion cyclotron heating in three dimensional stellarator plasmas. By combining multiple periodic solutions for individual helical field periods, it is possible to obtain complete 3-D wave solutions valid over the entire volume of the stellarator for arbitrary antenna geometry. AORSA algorithms are used in production on the IBM SPs at both ORNL and NERSC and on the Compaq Alpha server located at ORNL. AORSA moels are research models and as such, they are not community supported , and their is no formal documentation describing these codes.

Algorithm Performance
Pat Worley's results shows the performance of AORSA-3D on Cheetah which is an early evaluation IBM-SP4 machine located in the Center for Computational Sciences at ORNL.  The main scaling parameters are the number of Fourier modes (nmodesx, nmodesy and nmodesphi (3-D version) ) and the number of block rows and block columns that the matrix is divided into (nprow and npcol).
All of the codes are written in FORTRAN and use MPI for message passing. Equally important, these codes require the ScaLAPACK , BLACS and PBLAS libraries. Future versions will be based on FORTRAN 90.

Download, porting, and running
The AORSA programs and data files can be downloaded from XXXX. The download includes a Notes.AORSA file that will help you install and run the application. The Notes.AORSA file includes the following:

General Overview
The AORSA package contains both the 2D and 3D versions of the code, the input files used for modeling specific problem sizes, and a set of run scripts for specific problem sizes. From the top directory, a user can build the model by type make -f make.(Arch).(2D or 3D). For example, to build AORSA-3D on the Compaq Alpha-Server, one would type "make -f makefile.compaq.3D. Building the model executable and running the model are two separate, distinct steps. The model has been tested and will run on the following machines: IBM SP, IBM p690 and Compaq Alphaserver.

Directory structure

./Makefiles     Architecture dependent makefiles for making AORSA
./src               Source Code
./obj               object files
./run               Contains subdirectories of specific runs
./run/xaorsa     executable
Compiling the model
To build the model executable, go to the top directory and type make -f make.(Arch).(2D or 3D). Compiling takes ~5 minutes. The executable will be placed in the run subdirectory and and will be called xaorsa(3d or 2d).

Changing the number of processors
This requires editing the input file aorsa(3d or 2d).in

and changing the number of processors, NP, in the run script file. Note that the total number of processors, NP, equals nprow*npcol.

Running the model

Performance Data

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