Title page for ETD etd-070299-151321

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Rotter, Jeremy Michael
Author's Email Address jrotter@vt.edu
URN etd-070299-151321
Title Towards Scalable Parallel Simulation of the Structural Mechanics of Piezoelectric-Controlled Beams
Degree Master of Science
Department Computer Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Ribbens, Calvin J. Committee Chair
Batra, Romesh C. Committee Member
Watson, Layne T. Committee Member
  • scalable
  • distributed memory
  • parallel computation
  • finite elements
  • piezoelectric
Date of Defense 1999-06-18
Availability unrestricted
In this thesis we present a parallel implementation of an engineering code which

simulates the deformations caused when forces are applied to a piezoelectric-co

ntrolled smart structure. The parallel simulation, whose domain decomposition r

elies on the finite element representation of the structure, is created with an

emphasis on scalability of both memory requirements and run time. We take into

consideration sequential performance enhancements, the structure of a banded sym

metric positive definite linear system, and the overhead required to completely

distribute the problem across the processors. The resulting code is scalable, w

ith the exception of a banded Cholesky factorization, which does not fully utili

ze the parallel environment.

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