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Volume 7, 2013
Parallel Finite Element Analysis in Engineering: State of the Art and New Trends
B. Patzák, D. Rypl and J. Kruis

Department of Mechanics, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Czech Technical University, Prague, Czech Republic

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, "Parallel Finite Element Analysis in Engineering: State of the Art and New Trends", Computational Technology Reviews, vol. 7, pp. 43-63, 2013. doi:10.4203/ctr.7.3
Keywords: parallel computing, dynamic load balancing, finite element method.

This paper summarizes the recent developments in parallel finite element analysis. It overviews the available parallel hardware configurations and associated programming models. The important algorithmic aspects for scalable parallel implementations are outlined. The core of the paper is focused on parallel adaptive finite element simulations, describing the basic parts and suitable parallel algorithms. Particularly, the important role of dynamic load balancing for obtaining reasonable scalability is emphasized and discussed in detail. The parallel adaptive analysis is illustrated on the solution of a three-dimensional nonlinear fracture propagation problem.

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