Feasibility study of the parareal algorithm

Allan Svejstrup Nielsen

AbstractA general introduction to the topic of time-domain parallelism with motivation is given in Chapter 1. The ’parareal’ algorithm itself along with pseudo-code for a simple implementation and all the basic properties are presented in chapter 2. Chapter 3 contains a comprehensive review of the research literature available as well as current state-of-the-art implementations of parareal. Investigations on the convergence rate of the algorithm applied to various types of differential equations using various numerical schemes as operators in the algorithm is presented in Chapter 4, followed by an investigation in Chapter 5 on optimal coarse propagator parameter choice when considering the distribution of parallel work. In this context a heuristic for the optimal choice of coarse propagator accuracy is proposed. In Chapter 6 the parareal algorithm is applied to a non-linear free surface water wave model. The convergence rate is analysed in a Matlab implementations of the algorithm, simulating the parallelism for a range of different wave types. As will be shown, the non-linearity of the wave and the water depth influence the parallel efficiency that can be obtained using the parareal algorithm. In Chapter 7 a large scale implementation of parareal is tested using a fully distributed task scheduling model to distribute the work that is to be computed concurrently on GPUs. The GPU implementation constitute a novel contribution to the literature on parareal. The findings in the report are summarized with a discussion on the feasibility and future outlook of the parareal algorithm for the parallel solution of initial value problems.
TypeMaster's thesis [Academic thesis]
Year2012
PublisherTechnical University of Denmark, DTU Informatics, E-mail: reception@imm.dtu.dk
AddressAsmussens Alle, Building 305, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark
SeriesIMM-M.Sc.-2012-134
NoteDTU supervisor: Allan P. Engsig Karup, apek@imm.dtu.dk, DTU Informatics
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IMM Group(s)Scientific Computing


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