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Parallel Mesh Generation


Nikos Chrisochoides


Published in Numerical Solution of Partial Differential Equations on Parallel Computers, Publisher Springer-Verlag, Eds. Are Magnus Bruaset, Petter Bjorstad, Aslak Tveito, Volume 51, pages 237 -- 259, 2005




Parallel mesh generation is a relatively new research area between the boundaries of two scientific computing disciplines: computational geometry and parallel computing. In this chapter we present a survey of parallel unstructured mesh generation methods. Parallel mesh generation methods decompose the original mesh generation problem into smaller subproblems which are meshed in parallel. We organize the parallel mesh generation methods in terms of two basic attributes: (1) the sequential technique used for meshing the individual subproblems and (2) the degree of coupling between the subproblems. This survey shows that without compromising in the stability of parallel mesh generation methods it is possible to develop parallel meshing software using on-the-shelf sequential meshing codes. However, more research is required for the efficient use of the state-of-the-art codes which can scale from emerging chip multiprocessors (CMPs) to clusters built from CMPs.




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