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Fluid dynamics parallel computer development at NASA Langley Research CenterTo accomplish more detailed simulations of highly complex flows, such as the transition to turbulence, fluid dynamics research requires computers much more powerful than any available today. Only parallel processing on multiple-processor computers offers hope for achieving the required effective speeds. Looking ahead to the use of these machines, the fluid dynamicist faces three issues: algorithm development for near-term parallel computers, architecture development for future computer power increases, and assessment of possible advantages of special purpose designs. Two projects at NASA Langley address these issues. Software development and algorithm exploration is being done on the FLEX/32 Parallel Processing Research Computer. New architecture features are being explored in the special purpose hardware design of the Navier-Stokes Computer. These projects are complementary and are producing promising results.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Townsend, James C. (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Zang, Thomas A. (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Dwoyer, Douglas L. (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 13, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1987
Subject Category
Meeting Information
Parallel computations and their impact on mechanics(Boston, MA)
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