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An Efficient Parallel Anisotropic Delaunay Mesh Generator for Two-Dimensional Finite Element Analysis


Juliette Pardue and Andrey Chernikov.


Published in ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software, Under review after revision, 2018




A bottom-up approach to parallel anisotropic mesh generation is presented by building a mesh generator starting from the basic operations of vertex insertion and Delaunay triangles. Applications focusing on high-lift design or dynamic stall, or numerical methods and modeling test cases still focus on two-dimensional domains. This automated parallel mesh generation approach can generate high-fidelity unstructured meshes with anisotropic boundary layers for use in the computational fluid dynamics field. The anisotropy requirement adds a level of complexity to a parallel meshing algorithm by making computation depend on the local alignment of elements, which in turn is dictated by geometric boundaries and the density functions, one- dimensional spacing functions generated from an exponential distribution. This approach yields computational savings in mesh generation and flow solution through well-shaped anisotropic triangles, instead of isotropic triangles. The validity of the meshes is shown through solution characteristic comparisons to verified reference solutions. A 79% parallel weak scaling efficiency on 1024 distributed memory nodes, and a 72% parallel efficiency over the fastest sequential isotropic mesh generator on 512 distributed memory nodes is shown through numerical experiments.




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