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High Performance Computing of Three-Dimensional Finite Element Codes on a 64-bit Machine

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Author(s): M.P. Raju | S.K. Khaitan

Journal: Journal of Applied Fluid Mechanics
ISSN 1735-3572

Volume: 5;
Issue: 12;
Start page: 123;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Multifrontal | UMFPACK | MUMPS | HSL MA78 | PARDISO | 64-bit.

ABSTRACT
Three dimensional Navier-Stokes finite element formulations require huge computational power in terms of memory and CPU time. Recent developments in sparse direct solvers have significantly reduced the memory and computational time of direct solution methods. The objective of this study is twofold. First is to evaluate theperformance of various state-of-the-art sequential sparse direct solvers in the context of finite element formulation of fluid flow problems. Second is to examine the merit in upgrading from 32 bit machine to a 64 bit machine with larger RAM capacity in terms of its capacity to solve larger problems. The choice of a direct solver is dependent on its computational time and its in-core memory requirements. Here four different solvers, UMFPACK, MUMPS, HSL_MA78 and PARDISO are compared. The performances of these solvers with respect to the computational time and memory requirements on a 64-bit windows server machine with 16GB RAM is evaluated.
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