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ISSN 1759-3158
Edited by: B.H.V. Topping, L. Lämmer
Chapter 2

Developing Parallel Finite Element Software Using MPI

P.K. Jimack and N. Touheed

School of Computer Studies, University of Leeds, United Kingdom

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P.K. Jimack, N. Touheed, "Developing Parallel Finite Element Software Using MPI", in B.H.V. Topping, L. Lämmer, (Editors), "High Performance Computing for Computational Mechanics", Saxe-Coburg Publications, Stirlingshire, UK, Chapter 2, pp 15-38, 2000. doi:10.4203/csets.4.2
This paper presents an introduction to writing parallel finite element programs using the Message Passing Interface (MPI) library. It is assumed that the reader has a working knowledge of the finite element method but has little or no prior experience with parallel computing. Hence the paper begins with a short review of some of the key concepts in parallel programming uncler a distributed memory paradigm before moving on to discuss the details of a simple parallel finite element algorithm. Implementation details of this algorithm are then considered with reference to the C programming language and a number of extensions and improvements are discussed.

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