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Dynamical simulations with highly improved staggered quarks

Presenter: Richard Woloshyn — TRIUMF

R.M. Woloshyn, K.Y. Wong

It is well established that lattice artifacts can be suppressed substantially by the use of SU(3)-projected smeared links in the fermion action. An example is the Highly Improved Staggered Quark action where the ASQ-like effective links are constructed from reunitarized Fat7 links. A general procedure is presented for computing the derivative of the fermion action with respect to the base links (fermion force) - a key component in dynamical simulations using molecular dynamics evolution. The method is iterative and can be applied to actions with arbitrary levels of smearing and reunitarization. The cost of calculating the fermion force is determined for different actions, including ASQ and HISQ. Test results show that calculating the HISQ force is about two times more expensive than the ASQ force.