Parallel Simulation of Atmospheric Halo Phenomena

  • Marek Bejgier
  • Janusz Rzeszut
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8671)


The paper is an analysis of a parallelized simulation of solar halo phenomena based on an algorithm of inverse ray tracing with the use of Monte Carlo methods. In addition to the description of the basis for the phenomena the simulation algorithm is also discussed. In order to present it in an accessible way, a sequential algorithm is described at first and it is followed by its parallelization method. Both sequential and parallelized approaches are already implemented in author’s solar halo effect simulators so that the practical use of these methods constitutes an excellent base to carry out useful comparisons of performance and quality in the context of obtaining very subtle details in varying types of solar halo phenomena.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marek Bejgier
    • 1
  • Janusz Rzeszut
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Electronics and Information TechnologyWarsaw University of TechnologyWarsawPoland

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