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

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

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computer Utilization in Structural Engineering


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: Computing in civil engineering | Finite element method | Computer aided operations | Building design | Structural design | Computer software | Standards and codes | High-rise buildings

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