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Parallel generation of large-size adapted meshes

Adrien Loseille 1 Victorien Menier 1 Frédéric Alauzet 1
1 Gamma3 - Automatic mesh generation and advanced methods
ICD - Institut Charles Delaunay, Inria Paris-Rocquencourt
Abstract : We devise a strategy in order to generate large-size adapted anisotropic meshes O(10 8 −10 9) as required in many fields of application in scientific computing. We target moderate scale parallel computational resources as typically found in R&D units where the number of cores ranges in O(10 2 − 10 3). Both distributed and shared memory architectures are handled. Our strategy is based on typical domain splitting algorithm to remesh the partitions in parallel. Both the volume and the surface mesh are adapted simultaneously and the efficiency of the method is independent of the complexity of the geometry. The originality of the method relies on (i) a metric-based static load-balancing, (ii) dedicated mesh partitioning techniques to (re)split the (complex) interfaces meshes, (iii) anisotropic Delaunay cavity to define the interface meshes, (iv) a fast, robust and generic sequential cavity-based mesh modification kernel, and (v) out-of-core storing of completing parts to reduce the memory footprint. We show that we are able to generate (uniform, isotropic and anisotropic) meshes with more than 1 billion tetrahedra in less than 20 minutes on 120 cores. Examples from Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations are also discussed.
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Adrien Loseille, Victorien Menier, Frédéric Alauzet. Parallel generation of large-size adapted meshes. Procedia Engineering, Elsevier, 2015, 124 (57 – 69), ⟨10.1016/j.proeng.2015.10.122⟩. ⟨hal-01270708⟩

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