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A two-level parallel algorithm for material nonlinearity problems

  • Lee, Jeeho (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Dongguk University-Seoul) ;
  • Kim, Min Seok (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Dongguk University-Seoul)
  • Received : 2010.04.28
  • Accepted : 2010.11.24
  • Published : 2011.05.25

Abstract

An efficient two-level domain decomposition parallel algorithm is suggested to solve large-DOF structural problems with nonlinear material models generating unsymmetric tangent matrices, such as a group of plastic-damage material models. The parallel version of the stabilized bi-conjugate gradient method is developed to solve unsymmetric coarse problems iteratively. In the present approach the coarse DOF system is solved parallelly on each processor rather than the whole system equation to minimize the data communication between processors, which is appropriate to maintain the computing performance on a non-supercomputer level cluster system. The performance test results show that the suggested algorithm provides scalability on computing performance and an efficient approach to solve large-DOF nonlinear structural problems on a cluster system.

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