The SIERRA Framework for Developing Advanced Parallel Mechanics Applications
SIERRA is an object-oriented computational fram ework currently under intense development at Sandia National Laboratories. The SIERRA framework is a set of software services and parallel data structures upon which many mechanics applications can be written. The main goal is to bring together distributed mesh management, field management (i.e., the variables), and mechanics algorithm support services to facilitate rapid code development and code reuse. The motivation behind SIERRA is that designing and implementing modern applications in a multiphysics, parallel environment is very difficult, and involves advanced computer science as well as engineering mechanics. By providing the common, mostly computer science related services in a framework, they can be developed once and then used by many different mechanics codes. Although SIERRA is written in C++, the mechanics codes using SIERRA can be written in any language such as Fortran or C.
KeywordsSandia National Laboratory Application Code Primary Decomposition Framework Service Adaptive Mesh Refinement
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