Computational Strategies for Finite Element Simulations on Supercomputers with 4 to 65,536 Processors

by Charbel Farhat, Univ of Colorado at Boulder, United States,

Abstract: We present a general approach to the design of next generation finite element software. We describe several parallel computational strategies for both implicit and explicit computations, and outline their implementation on a large set of parallel environments. A parallel finite element prototype code has been designed at the Center for Space Structures and Controls. We report on its performance on a wide variety of multiprocessors including iPSC, ALLIANT FX/8, CRAY-2 and the CONNECTION MACHINE.

Subject Headings: Finite element method | Computer aided operations | Computer models | Building design | Structural design | Standards and codes

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