Finite Difference And Finite Element Analyses Using A Cluster Of Workstations
Free (open access)
K.P. Wang & J.C. Bruch, Jr.
Because of high computing speed, cost effectiveness, and scalability, parallel computation on clusters of workstations is becoming one of the major trends in the study of parallel computation. This paper presents studies of using a cluster of workstations for finite difference analysis and finite element analysis. A parallel algorithm proven to be simple to implement and efficient for both analyses is used to perform them on a cluster of workstations. A network of workstations is utilized as the hardware of a parallel system. Two popular parallel software packages, PVM (Parallel Virtual Machine) and P4, are used to handle the communications among the networked workstations. Also used for comparison purposes are the Paragon and Meiko CS-2 computers. Furthermore, an approa