How to speed up Monte Carlo (MC) simulation in dose calculation without losing its intrinsic accuracy is one of the key issues of making a clinical MC dose engine. In this study we intensively investigated a special parallel computation technique, the vectorization technique, to boost simulation efficiency on a personal computer (PC) without extra hardware investment. A MC code, dose planning method (DPM), was extensively modified into a vectorized code, V-DPM, using the streaming single-instruction-multiple-data extension (SSE) parallel computation model. Comparative simulations were conducted for typical simulation cases in both DPM and V-DPM codes. We found that in every case the V-DPM code runs 1.5 times faster than the DPM code with variance of 0.6%.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging