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Scientific Programming
Volume 4 (1995), Issue 3, Pages 193-201

Simulation of Compressible Flow on a Massively Parallel Architecture

Dan Williams and Luc Bauwens

Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive N.W., Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4, Canada

Received 16 May 1994; Accepted 16 December 2007

Copyright © 1995 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. 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.


This article describes the porting and optimization of an explicit, time-dependent, computational fluid dynamics code on an 8,192-node MasPar MP-1. The MasPar is a very fine-grained, single instruction, multiple data parallel computer. The code uses the flux-corrected transport algorithm. We describe the techniques used to port and optimize the code, and the behavior of a test problem. The test problem used to benchmark the flux-corrected transport code on the MasPar was a two-dimensional exploding shock with periodic boundary conditions. We discuss the performance that our code achieved on the MasPar, and compare its performance on the MasPar with its performance on other architectures. The comparisons show that the performance of the code on the MasPar is slightly better than on a CRAY Y-MP for a functionally equivalent, optimized two-dimensional code.