University of Reims Champagne Ardenne

GPU accelerated implementation of NCI calculations using promolecular density

A scientific paper produced by Atos’s CEPP and the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, a long-time partner and customer of Atos in HPC.

The NCI approach is a modern tool to reveal chemical noncovalent interactions. It is particularly attractive to describe ligand–protein binding. A custom implementation for NCI using promolecular density is presented. It is designed to leverage the computational power of NVIDIA graphics processing unit (GPU) accelerators through the CUDA programming model. The code performances of three versions are examined on a test set of 144 systems. NCI calculations are particularly well suited to the GPU architecture, which reduces drastically the computational time. On a single compute node, the dual-GPU version leads to a 39-fold improvement for the biggest instance compared to the optimal OpenMP parallel run (C code, icc compiler) with 16 CPU cores. Energy consumption measurements carried out on both CPU and GPU NCI tests show that the GPU approach provides substantial energy savings.