Massively parallel simulations of relativistic fluid dynamics on graphics processing units with CUDA

Published: 27-11-2017| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/dhnmtfpz9k.1
Dennis Bazow,
Ulrich Heinz,
Michael Strickland


Relativistic fluid dynamics is a major component in dynamical simulations of the quark–gluon plasma created in relativistic heavy-ion collisions. Simulations of the full three-dimensional dissipative dynamics of the quark–gluon plasma with fluctuating initial conditions are computationally expensive and typically require some degree of parallelization. In this paper, we present a GPU implementation of the Kurganov–Tadmor algorithm which solves the 3 + 1d relativistic viscous hydrodynamics equations including the effects of both bulk and shear viscosities. We demonstrate that the resulting CUDA-based GPU code is approximately two orders of magnitude faster than the corresponding serial implementation of the Kurganov–Tadmor algorithm. We validate the code using (semi-)analytic tests such as the relativistic shock-tube and Gubser flow.