Transient dynamic nonlinear analysis using MIMD computer architectures

J. Sziveri, B. H V Topping

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This paper presents research on the use of homogeneous parallel and heterogeneous distributed computers for finite-element analysis of transient dynamic problems using a message passing interface. The appropriate computer architectures are discussed, and this review is the basis for the development of a new definition of computational efficiency for heterogeneously distributed finite-element analysis. A code for the transient nonlinear analysis of reinforced concrete plates is profiled. It is demonstrated that although the code is efficient for homogeneous computing systems a new message passing procedure must be developed for heterogeneously distributed systems. A new algorithm is developed and tested on a heterogeneous system of workstations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-91
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Computing in Civil Engineering
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2000


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