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Volume 4.

Enabling Technologies in the Problem Solving Environment HEDP

Lijun Xie 1, Yao Zheng 1*, Jianjun Chen 1, Jianfeng Zou 1

1 Center for Engineering and Scientific Computation and School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Zhejiang University, Zhejiang 310027, China.

Received 4 April 2008; Accepted (in revised version) 15 July 2008
Available online 9 September 2008


Enabling technologies are those technologies preparing input data, analyzing output data and facilitating the whole processes for numerical simulations. This paper outlines current enabling technologies for large-scale multidisciplinary simulations used in the High End Digital Prototyping (HEDP) system, a problem solving environment equipped with capability of mesh generation and large-scale visualization. A problem solving environment is a computer system that provides all the computational facilities necessary to solve a target class of problems. Mesh generation continues to be the pacing technology for a practical numerical analysis, which is essential to yielding an accurate and efficient solution. Large-scale visualization maps the massive data to some kinds of scenes interactively, which can be realized through a tiled display wall system with distributed visualization capability. HEDP is designed for large-scale and multidisciplinary simulations, and there are four categories of modules involved, namely pre-processing module, computing module, post-processing module, and platform control module. All these modules are coupled through a software bus, which makes the modules integrated seamlessly. Detailed design principles and applications of the HEDP environment are addressed in this paper.

AMS subject classifications: 65Mxx, 65Nxx, 68Uxx, 76Nxx, 76V05, 80A25
PACS: 02.30.Jr, 02.60.-x, 47.11.-j, 47.70.Fw, 47.70.Pq, 89.20.Ff
Key words: Enabling technology, large-scale simulation, mesh generation, problem solving environment, distributed visualization.

*Corresponding author.
Email: (L. J. Xie), (Y. Zheng), (J. J. Chen), (J. F. Zou)

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