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The finite difference time domain method on a massively parallel computer

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Author: Ewijk, L.J. van
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Place: Berlin : [etc]
Institution: TNO Fysisch en Elektronisch Laboratorium
Source:Colbrook, A.Liddell, H.Hertzberger, B.Sloot, P., High-Performance Computing and Networking : International Conference and Exhibition HPCN EUROPE 1996, 15-19 April 1996, Brussels, Belgium, 593-598
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) LNCS
Identifier: 528796
doi: doi:10.1007/3-540-61142-8_601
Keywords: Physics · Computational electromagnetics · Efficiency · Supercomputers · Time domain analysis · Complex objects · Electromagnetic scattering · Electronics laboratories · FDTD codes · Massively parallel computers · Optimisations · Parallel implementations · Problem size · Finite difference time domain method


At the Physics and Electronics Laboratory TNO much research is done in the field of computational electromagnetics (CEM). One of the tools in this field is the Finite Difference Time Domain method (FDTD), a method that has been implemented in a program in order to be able to compute electromagnetic scattering by complex objects. In this paper a parallel implementation of the FDTD code is presented. The implementation is used to investigate the efficiency of the code and to investigate the usefulness of such a parallel implementation, especially with respect to increase in problem size and speed up when compared to a conventional supercomputer. Results of some test computations were compared with results of computations performed on a Convex C230 supercomputer, which indicated a efficiency of 70% and a possible speed up of 4.7 times, with respect to the Convex C230. Current work is on the optimisation of the parallel implementation. © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1996.