Jul 24 – 30, 2016
Highfield Campus, University of Southampton
Europe/London timezone

Metadynamics Remedies for Topological Freezing

Jul 26, 2016, 6:10 PM
Building 67 Room 1007 (Highfield Campus, University of Southampton)

Building 67 Room 1007

Highfield Campus, University of Southampton

Talk Algorithms and Machines Algorithms and Machines


Mr Francesco Sanfilippo (University of Southampton)


Metadynamics is a class of powerful algorithms in which the time evolution of a system is modified introducing a history-dependent potential associated with the past values of observables of choice. This has the effect of driving the system away from previously occupied states, ultimately speeding up the evolution of the system. These methods are widely used in biochemistry and computational physics, and are especially suitable for solving problems in which the free energy presents a many-minima landscape. In this talk I will show a successful application of Metadynamics to the critical slowing down of the topological charge in CP(N-1) models, discussing the scaling of the performances with volume and lattice spacing, limitations and future improvements, and giving also a first glance of applications to lattice QCD.

Primary author

Mr Francesco Sanfilippo (University of Southampton)


Alessandro Laio (Sissa, Trieste Italy) Prof. Guido Martinelli (Universita' di Roma "La Sapienza" and Cern)

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