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International Journal of Antennas and Propagation
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 615743, 10 pages
Research Article

An MPI-OpenMP Hybrid Parallel -LU Direct Solver for Electromagnetic Integral Equations

The School of Electronic Engineering, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu, Sichuan 611731, China

Received 20 July 2014; Revised 12 November 2014; Accepted 15 December 2014

Academic Editor: Wei Hong

Copyright © 2015 Han Guo et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


In this paper we propose a high performance parallel strategy/technique to implement the fast direct solver based on hierarchical matrices method. Our goal is to directly solve electromagnetic integral equations involving electric-large and geometrical-complex targets, which are traditionally difficult to be solved by iterative methods. The parallel method of our direct solver features both OpenMP shared memory programming and MPl message passing for running on a computer cluster. With modifications to the core direct-solving algorithm of hierarchical LU factorization, the new fast solver is scalable for parallelized implementation despite of its sequential nature. The numerical experiments demonstrate the accuracy and efficiency of the proposed parallel direct solver for analyzing electromagnetic scattering problems of complex 3D objects with nearly 4 million unknowns.