Coupled Vlasov and two-fluid codes on GPUs

M. Rieke, T. Trost, R. Grauer
Institut fur Theoretische Physik I, Ruhr-Universitat Bochum, 44801 Bochum, Germany
arXiv:1406.5445 [physics.plasm-ph], (20 Jun 2014)



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We present a way to combine Vlasov and two-fluid codes for the simulation of a collisionless plasma in large domains while keeping full information of the velocity distribution in localized areas of interest. This is made possible by solving the full Vlasov equation in one region while the remaining area is treated by a 5-moment two-fluid code. In such a treatment, the main challenge of coupling kinetic and fluid descriptions is the interchange of physically correct boundary conditions between the different plasma models. In contrast to other treatments, we do not rely on any specific form of the distribution function, e.g. a Maxwellian type. Instead, we combine an extrapolation of the distribution function and a correction of the moments based on the fluid data. Thus, throughout the simulation both codes provide the necessary boundary conditions for each other. A speed-up factor of around 20 is achieved by using GPUs for the computationally expensive solution of the Vlasov equation and an overall factor of at least 60 using the coupling strategy combined with the GPU computation. The coupled codes were then tested on the GEM reconnection challenge.
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