A Comparative Study on Two Different Direct Parallel Solution Strategies for Large-Scale Problems

Bahcecioglu T., Ozmen S., KURÇ Ö.

1st International Conference on Parallel, Distributed and Grid Computing for Engineering, Pecs, Hungary, 6 - 08 April 2009, pp.568-580 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Pecs
  • Country: Hungary
  • Page Numbers: pp.568-580
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


This paper presents a comparative study on two different direct parallel solution strategies for the linear solution of large scale actual finite element models: global and domain-by-domain. The global solution strategy was examined by utilizing the parallel multi-frontal equation solver, MUMPS [1], together with a finite element program. In a similar manner a substructure based parallel solution framework [2] was utilized for investigating the domain-by-domain strategy. Various large-scale structural models were solved with both solution strategies in order to illustrate the efficiencies and weaknesses of each solution strategy. The test runs were performed on a homogeneous PC cluster composed of eight computers connected with an ordinary 1 GBit network switch.