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Scientific Programming
Volume 2018, Article ID 6387049, 14 pages
Research Article

Load Balancing for Parallel Multiphase Flow Simulation

Koç University, Sarıyer, 34450 Istanbul, Turkey

Correspondence should be addressed to Najeeb Ahmad;

Received 5 September 2017; Accepted 30 January 2018; Published 7 March 2018

Academic Editor: Marco Aldinucci

Copyright © 2018 Najeeb Ahmad 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.


This paper presents a scalable dynamic load balancing scheme for a parallel front-tracking method based multiphase flow simulation. In this simulation employing both Lagrangian and Eulerian grids, processes operating on Lagrangian grid are susceptible to load imbalance due to moving Lagrangian grid points (bubbles) and load distribution based on spatial location of bubbles. To load balance these processes, we distribute load keeping in view both current processor load distribution and bubble spatial locality and remap interprocess communication. The result is a uniform processor load distribution and predictable and less expensive communication scheme. Scalability studies on the Hazel Hen supercomputer demonstrate excellent scaling with exponential savings in execution time as the problem size becomes increasingly large. While moderate speedup is observed for strong scaling, speedup of up to 30% is achieved over nonload-balanced version when simulating 13824 bubbles on 4096 cores for weak scaling studies.