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European Porting Project No. 1

Objective

The primary objective of both the EUROPORT-1 (8421) and EUROPORT-2 (8586) projects is to build confidence and generate awareness in the effectiveness of parallel high-performance computing (HPC) platforms by demonstrating their industrial potential. In this context, EUROPORT-1 focuses on the areas of:

computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
computational material dynamics (CMD).

Ports of various application codes onto parallel architectures will be carried out so that the resulting parallel codes are:

stable
scalable
portable
efficient
functionally equivalent to the serial code.

Achievement of these objectives will be measured by means of an extensive benchmarking process for all codes and by means of the results dissemination and exploitation process.

In order to optimise the impact of these porting activities, the individual ports are clustered into one project with a global independent management and service component.

The consortium is led by one single contractor, the global manager. The associate partners are grouped according to porting work area, each of which focuses on one or more application codes.

A particular task of the global management is joint information dissemination which distributes the (non-confidential) results of this activity as widely as possible. Special actions are taken to reach engineers within industry who can directly benefit from parallel computation in CMD or CFD in their application areas.

Services provided by the global management include:

common programming paradigms and tools on the development and demonstration platforms
access to large demonstration platforms
execution of dissemination activities
experts for benchmarking and arbitration
unforeseen support by experts.

The porting activities are organised into the following work areas (PWAs):

PWA 1: AIRPORT
This PWA is concerned with the port of two important fluid dynamics in-house codes (CEL3GR, SAUNA) that are mostly used for simulation in the aerospace industry. The parallelised codes will be validated and evaluated for several 3D configurations, e.g. wing-body combinations. There will be Euler as well as Navier-Stokes computations.

PWA 2: HPCN3S
This PWA is concerned with the port of the commercial fluid dynamics package N3S for the solution of compressible and incompressible fluid-flow equations. End-users will validate and evaluate the results through application specific industrial test cases.

PWA 3: PARALLEL-AERO
This PWA is concerned with the port of a Navier-Stokes aerodynamic program (NSMB). Porting will be to five different parallel architectures including workstation clusters (on a portable basis). There will be a number of industrial demonstrators, ranging from simple benchmarks to complete aircraft configurations.

PWA 4: POLYFLOW
This PWA is concerned with the port of the commercial POLYFLOW code, which is used to simulate processes in which flows of viscous liquids play a dominant role. Heterogeneous workstation networks are the primary group of target architectures. An end-user will evaluate the results by running scalable and realistic test cases.

PWA 5: STAR-HPC
This PWA is concerned with the port of the commercial fluid dynamics STAR-CD code. The parallel code will be evaluated by four existing large customers of the current version from the automotive and chemical industry.

PWA 6: CULPRIT
This PWA is concerned with the port of the three dimensional forging modelling package, FORGE3. The parallelisation approach will be based on existing Distributed Data Libraries from Liverpool University. The development is divided into two phases with an interim prototype. The resulting parallel code will be validated and evaluated with a variety of data from the aero-engine industry.

PWA 7: PMN
This PWA is concerned with the port of the MSC-Nastran finite element package. Validation and evaluation will be with a variety of data from the automotive industry.

PWA 8: PERMPAR
This PWA is concerned with the port of a subset of the well known finite element PERMAS code. The code has a large industrial user base. The project will make use of the HYPERKIT tool. The parallel code will be evaluated by two existing large customers of the current version from the ship construction industry.

PWA 9: SAMMI
This PWA is concerned with the port of the SAMCEF finite element package. The code has a large industrial user base. The parallelised code will be validated and evaluated with a variety of data from the aero engine industry. The aim is to solve large problems with up to 106 - 107 degrees of freedom.

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Coordinator

Gesellschaft für Mathematik und Datenverarbeitung mbH
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Schloß Birlinghoven
53757 Sankt Augustin
Germany

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