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Multidimensional upwind hydrodynamics on unstructured meshes using Graphics Processing Units I. Two-dimensional uniform meshes

Sijme-Jan Paardekooper
Astronomy Unit, School of Physics and Astronomy, Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS, United Kingdom
arXiv:1705.02028 [astro-ph.IM], (4 May 2017)

@article{paardekooper2017multidimensional,

   title={Multidimensional upwind hydrodynamics on unstructured meshes using Graphics Processing Units I. Two-dimensional uniform meshes},

   author={Paardekooper, Sijme-Jan},

   year={2017},

   month={may},

   archivePrefix={"arXiv"},

   primaryClass={astro-ph.IM}

}

We present a new method for numerical hydrodynamics which uses a multidimensional generalisation of the Roe solver and operates on an unstructured triangular mesh. The main advantage over traditional methods based on Riemann solvers, which commonly use one-dimensional flux estimates as building blocks for a multidimensional integration, is its inherently multidimensional nature, and as a consequence its ability to recognise multidimensional stationary states that are not hydrostatic. A second novelty is the focus on Graphics Processing Units (GPUs). By tailoring the algorithms specifically to GPUs we are able to get speedups of 100-250 compared to a desktop machine. We compare the multidimensional upwind scheme to a traditional, dimensionally split implementation of the Roe solver on several test problems, and we find that the new method significantly outperforms the Roe solver in almost all cases. This comes with increased computational costs per time step, which makes the new method approximately a factor of 2 slower than a dimensionally split scheme acting on a structured grid.
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