SU-C-BRC-06: OpenCL-Based Cross-Platform Monte Carlo Simulation Package for Carbon Ion Therapy




Monte Carlo (MC) simulation is considered to be the most accurate method for calculation of absorbed dose and fundamental physical quantities related to biological effects in carbon ion therapy. Its long computation time impedes clinical and research applications. We have developed an MC package, goCMC, on parallel processing platforms, aiming at achieving accurate and efficient simulations for carbon therapy.


goCMC was developed under OpenCL framework. It supported transport simulation in voxelized geometry with kinetic energy up to 450 MeV/u. Class II condensed history algorithm was employed for charged particle transport with stopping power computed via Bethe-Bloch equation. Secondary electrons were not transported with their energy locally deposited. Energy straggling and multiple scattering were modeled. Production of secondary charged particles from nuclear interactions was implemented based on cross section and yield data from Geant4. They were transported via the condensed history scheme. goCMC supported scoring various quantities of interest e.g. physical dose, particle fluence, spectrum, linear energy transfer, and positron emitting nuclei.


goCMC has been benchmarked against Geant4 with different phantoms and beam energies. For 100 MeV/u, 250 MeV/u and 400 MeV/u beams impinging to a water phantom, range difference was 0.03 mm, 0.20 mm and 0.53 mm, and mean dose difference was 0.47%, 0.72% and 0.79%, respectively. goCMC can run on various computing devices. Depending on the beam energy and voxel size, it took 20∼100 seconds to simulate 107 carbons on an AMD Radeon GPU card. The corresponding CPU time for Geant4 with the same setup was 60∼100 hours.


We have developed an OpenCL-based cross-platform carbon MC simulation package, goCMC. Its accuracy, efficiency and portability make goCMC attractive for research and clinical applications in carbon therapy.