The Peano software - parallel, automaton-based, dynamically adaptive grid traversals [article]

Tobias Weinzierl
2018 arXiv   pre-print
We discuss the design decisions, design alternatives and rationale behind the third generation of Peano, a framework for dynamically adaptive Cartesian meshes derived from spacetrees. Peano ties the mesh traversal to the mesh storage and supports only one element-wise traversal order resulting from space-filling curves. The user is not free to choose a traversal order herself. The traversal can exploit regular grid subregions and shared memory as well as distributed memory systems with almost
more » ... modifications to a serial application code. We formalize the software design by means of two interacting automata---one automaton for the multiscale grid traversal and one for the application-specific algorithmic steps. This yields a callback-based programming paradigm. We further sketch the supported application types and the two data storage schemes realized, before we detail high-performance computing aspects and lessons learned. Special emphasis is put on observations regarding the used programming idioms and algorithmic concepts. This transforms our report from a "one way to implement things" code description into a generic discussion and summary of some alternatives, rationale and design decisions to be made for any tree-based adaptive mesh refinement software.
arXiv:1506.04496v6 fatcat:iwgintogxjgiviybhvymz5xxou