OpenCAL is a scientific software library specifically developed for the simulation of 2D and 3D complex dynamical systems on parallel computational devices. It is written in C/C++ and relies on OpenMP/OpenCL and MPI for parallel execution on multi-/many-core devices and clusters of computers, respectively. The library provides the Extended Cellular Automata paradigm as a high-level formalism for modeling complex systems on structured computational grids. As a consequence, it can be used as a parallel explicit solver of ordinary and partial differential equations through classical methods, including finite-difference and finite-volume. Here the latest version of the library is described, introducing the MPI infrastructure over the 3D OpenCL and 2D/3D OpenMP components. The implementation of a three-dimensional unsaturated flow model based on a direct discrete formulation of the Richards’ equation is also shown, corresponding to a finite-difference scheme. Computational performances have been assessed on both a scientific workstation equipped with a dual Intel Xeon socket and three Nvidia GPUs, and a 16 nodes cluster with a fast interconnection network. The OpenCAL embedded quantization optimization is also discussed and exploited to drastically reduce computing time.

OpenCAL system extension and application to the three-dimensional Richards equation for unsaturated flow

De Rango A.;Furnari L.;Giordano A.;Senatore A.;D'Ambrosio D.
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Spataro W.;Straface S.;Mendicino G.
2021

Abstract

OpenCAL is a scientific software library specifically developed for the simulation of 2D and 3D complex dynamical systems on parallel computational devices. It is written in C/C++ and relies on OpenMP/OpenCL and MPI for parallel execution on multi-/many-core devices and clusters of computers, respectively. The library provides the Extended Cellular Automata paradigm as a high-level formalism for modeling complex systems on structured computational grids. As a consequence, it can be used as a parallel explicit solver of ordinary and partial differential equations through classical methods, including finite-difference and finite-volume. Here the latest version of the library is described, introducing the MPI infrastructure over the 3D OpenCL and 2D/3D OpenMP components. The implementation of a three-dimensional unsaturated flow model based on a direct discrete formulation of the Richards’ equation is also shown, corresponding to a finite-difference scheme. Computational performances have been assessed on both a scientific workstation equipped with a dual Intel Xeon socket and three Nvidia GPUs, and a 16 nodes cluster with a fast interconnection network. The OpenCAL embedded quantization optimization is also discussed and exploited to drastically reduce computing time.
Domain-specific language
Extended cellular automata
Heterogeneous computing
OpenCAL
Quantization
Richards equation
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