SC21 Proceedings

The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis

A Next-Generation Discontinuous Galerkin Fluid Dynamics Solver with Application to High-Resolution Lung Airflow Simulations


Authors: Martin Kronbichler (Technical University Munich; Uppsala University, Sweden); Niklas Fehn (Leibniz Supercomputing Centre); Peter Munch (Technical University Munich, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht); Maximilian Bergbauer (Technical University Munich); Karl-Robert Wichmann (Technical University Munich, Ebenbuild GmbH); Carolin Geitner (Technical University Munich); Momme Allalen (Leibniz Supercomputing Centre); and Martin Schulz and Wolfgang A. Wall (Technical University Munich)

Abstract: We present a novel, highly scalable, and optimized solver for turbulent flows based on high-order discontinuous Galerkin discretizations of the incompressible Navier-Stokes equations aimed to minimize time-to-solution. The solver uses explicit-implicit time integration with variable step size. The central algorithmic component is the matrix-free evaluation of discretized finite element operators. The node-level performance is optimized by sum-factorization kernels for tensor-product elements with unique algorithmic choices that reduce the number of arithmetic operations, improve cache usage, and vectorize the arithmetic work across elements and faces. These ingredients are integrated into a framework scalable to the massive parallelism of supercomputers by the use of optimal-complexity linear solvers, such as mixed-precision, hybrid geometric-polynomial-algebraic multigrid solvers for the pressure Poisson problem. The application problem under consideration are fluid dynamical simulations of the human respiratory system under mechanical ventilation conditions, using unstructured/structured adaptively refined meshes for geometrically complex domains typical of biomedical engineering.


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