J. Chem. Phys. 130 204105 (2009)
We present an efficient low-rank updating algorithm for updating the trial wavefunctions used in Quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) simulations. The algorithm is based on low-rank updating of the Slater determinants. In particular, the computational complexity of the algorithm is O(k N) during the k-th step compared with traditional algorithms that require O(N^2) computations, where N is the system size. For single determinant trial wavefunctions the new algorithm is faster than the traditional O(N^2) Sherman-Morrison algorithm for up to O(N) updates. For multideterminant configuration-interaction type trial wavefunctions of $M+1$ determinants, the new algorithm is significantly more efficient, saving both O(MN^2) work and O(MN^2) storage. The algorithm enables more accurate and significantly more efficient QMC calculations using configuration interaction type wavefunctions.
This article was selected for the Virtual Journal of Quantum Information, Volume 9 Issue 6 (2009).
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