A Parallel Directional Fast Multipole Method

  • Austin R. Benson
  • Jack Poulson
  • Bjorn Engquist
  • Lexing Ying

SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing | , Vol 36(4): pp. C335-C352

This paper introduces a parallel directional fast multipole method (FMM) for solving N-body problems with highly oscillatory kernels, with a focus on the Helmholtz kernel in three dimensions. This class of oscillatory kernels requires a more restrictive low-rank criterion than that of the low-frequency regime, and thus effective parallelizations must adapt to the modified data dependencies. We propose a simple partition at a fixed level of the octree and show that, if the partitions are properly balanced between p processes, the overall runtime is essentially O(N log N/p+ p). By the structure of the low-rank criterion, we are able to avoid communication at the top of the octree. We demonstrate the effectiveness of our parallelization on several challenging models.