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The finite element method applied to the exterior Helmholtz problem on the IBM SP-1

  • Harri Hakula
  • Jouni Malinen
  • Petri Kallberg
  • Pekka Valve
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 879)

Abstract

We have implemented a parallel iterative solver using the QMR-method for solving the complex, symmetric systems of linear equations arising from the FEM-formulation of the external Holmholtz-problem. Currently the system is operational on the IBM SP-1 and workstation clusters using PVM.

In addition to the solver we have created a simple, yet powerful, framework for monitoring and debugging the iteration process on the fly. This facility has already been of great value in the early stages of the development.

In the long run we expect to enhance the FEM-implementation in a number of ways, for instance by adding a geometrically correct treatment of the boundaries. We also plan to experiment with the message passing interface (MPI) implementation now available for SP-1 machines. All in all, we believe that the system described here gives us a solid foundation for further work in this field.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Harri Hakula
    • 1
    • 3
  • Jouni Malinen
    • 2
    • 3
  • Petri Kallberg
    • 3
  • Pekka Valve
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of MathematicsFinland
  2. 2.Computing CenterFinland
  3. 3.Helsinki University of TechnologyEspoo

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