Computational fluid engineering
AVBP is a parallel Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) code that studies the combustion process in gas turbines, targeting its optimisation, impacting stability and pollution reduction. The AVBP code has been ported to all major systems (SGI Altix ICE, CRAY XT4, IBM BlueGene/P) with excellent performance, and is nowadays running efficiently on up to 16384 cores (8192 nodes) of BlueGene/P. The leap to an even higher number of cores is challenging: CFD requires all computing cores to communicate frequently average size data sets, and the physical models often require reduced variables (max/min/mean) over the complete computing partition. The CFD problem will take advantage of the Cluster Node for the heavy memory algorithms like partitioning and load balancing whereas the Booster Nodes will accelerate the local computations such as matrix inversions and temporal loops.
These simulations are done by the European Centre for Research and Advanced Training in Scientific Computation (CERFACS), France.