Final Report: Towards Optimal Petascale Simulations (TOPS), ER25785

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Multiscale, multirate scientific and engineering applications in the SciDAC portfolio possess resolution requirements that are practically inexhaustible and demand execution on the highest-capability computers available, which will soon reach the petascale. While the variety of applications is enormous, their needs for mathematical software infrastructure are surprisingly coincident; moreover the chief bottleneck is often the solver. At their current scalability limits, many applications spend a vast majority of their operations in solvers, due to solver algorithmic complexity that is superlinear in the problem size, whereas other phases scale linearly. Furthermore, the solver may be the phase of the simulation with the ... continued below

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Reynolds, Daniel R. April 15, 2011.

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Multiscale, multirate scientific and engineering applications in the SciDAC portfolio possess resolution requirements that are practically inexhaustible and demand execution on the highest-capability computers available, which will soon reach the petascale. While the variety of applications is enormous, their needs for mathematical software infrastructure are surprisingly coincident; moreover the chief bottleneck is often the solver. At their current scalability limits, many applications spend a vast majority of their operations in solvers, due to solver algorithmic complexity that is superlinear in the problem size, whereas other phases scale linearly. Furthermore, the solver may be the phase of the simulation with the poorest parallel scalability, due to intrinsic global dependencies. This project brings together the providers of some of the world’s most widely distributed, freely available, scalable solver software and focuses them on relieving this bottleneck for many specific applications within SciDAC, which are representative of many others outside. Solver software directly supported under TOPS includes: hypre, PETSc, SUNDIALS, SuperLU, TAO, and Trilinos. Transparent access is also provided to other solver software through the TOPS interface. The primary goals of TOPS are the development, testing, and dissemination of solver software, especially for systems governed by PDEs. Upon discretization, these systems possess mathematical structure that must be exploited for optimal scalability; therefore, application-targeted algorithmic research is included. TOPS software development includes attention to high performance as well as interoperability among the solver components. Support for integration of TOPS solvers into SciDAC applications is also directly supported by this proposal. The role of the UCSD PI in this overall CET, is one of direct interaction between the TOPS software partners and various DOE applications scientists – specifically toward magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) simulations with the Center for Extended Magnetohydrodynamic Modeling (CEMM) SciDAC and Applied Partial Differential Equations Center (APDEC) SciDAC, and toward core-collapse supernova simulations with the previous Terascale Supernova Initiative (TSI) SciDAC and in continued work on INCITE projects headed by Doug Swesty, SUNY Stony Brook. In addition to these DOE applications scientists, the UCSD PI works to bring leading-edge DOE solver technology to applications scientists in cosmology and large-scale galactic structure formation. Unfortunately, the funding for this grant ended after only two years of its five-year duration, in August 2008, due to difficulties at DOE in transferring the grant to the PI’s new faculty position at Southern Methodist University. Therefore, this report only describes two years’ worth of effort.

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  • Report No.: DOE/FC/06ER25785
  • Grant Number: FC02-06ER25785
  • DOI: 10.2172/1011379 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 1011379
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc833266

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Reynolds, Daniel R. Final Report: Towards Optimal Petascale Simulations (TOPS), ER25785, report, April 15, 2011; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc833266/: accessed July 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.