E. Blaisten-Barojas, L. Liu
and M. R. Zachariah
Constant energy Molecular Dynamics (MD) is conducted to investigate various mechanisms of glassy transformations involving computational annealing. The systems under consideration are large clusters of silicon dioxide (silica) which is a prototype glass material. Various mechanisms of heating and cooling were analyzed to relax the clusters and allow for configurational changes from a liquid-like cluster to a glassy cluster. Crystal-like structures were investigated as well. Cooling rates comparable to experimental rates were achieved in these simulations. We find that the glass transition temperature decreases with decreasing cluster size. Calculations were performed by implementing a massively parallel particle decomposition schema of MD. Speedup and complexity are discussed.