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Parallel Monte Carlo Simulation Using Desktop Computers



J H. Scott, Robert L. Myklebust, Dale Newbury


Monte Carlo simulation of electron scattering in solids has proven valuable to electron microscopists for many years. The electron trajectories, x-ray generation volumes, and scattered electron signals produced by these simulations are used in quantitative x-ray microanalysis, image interpretation, experimental design, and hypothesis testing. Unfortunately, these simulations are often computationally expensive, especially when used to simulate an image or survey a multidimensional region of parameter space.Here we present techniques for performing Monte Carlo simulations in parallel on a cluster of existing desktop computers.
Microscopy and Microanalysis


message passing, Monte Carlo simulation, parallel computing, worker/manager model


Scott, J. , Myklebust, R. and Newbury, D. (1999), Parallel Monte Carlo Simulation Using Desktop Computers, Microscopy and Microanalysis (Accessed December 6, 2023)
Created July 31, 1999, Updated October 12, 2021