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See detailA co-located partitions strategy for parallel CFD-DEM couplings
Pozzetti, Gabriele; Besseron, Xavier; Rousset, Alban; Peters, Bernhard

in Advanced Powder Technology (2018)

In this work, a new partition-collocation strategy for the parallel execution of CFD–DEM couplings is investigated. Having a good parallel performance is a key issue for an Eulerian-Lagrangian software that aims to be applied to solve industrially significant problems, as the computational cost of these couplings is one of their main drawback. The approach presented here consists in co-locating the overlapping parts of the simulation domain of each software on the same MPI process, in order to reduce the cost of the data exchanges. It is shown how this strategy allows reducing memory consumption and inter-process communication between CFD and DEM to a minimum and therefore to overcome an important parallelization bottleneck identified in the literature. Three benchmarks are proposed to assess the consistency and scalability of this approach. A coupled execution on 280 cores shows that less than 0.1% of the time is used to perform inter-physics data exchange.

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See detailParallel Coupling of CFD-DEM simulations
Pozzetti, Gabriele; Besseron, Xavier; Rousset, Alban; Peters, Bernhard

Presentation (2018, August)

Eulerian-Lagrangian couplings are nowadays widely used to address engineering and technical problems. In particular, CFD-DEM couplings have been successfully applied to study several configurations ranging from mechanical, to chemical and environmental engineering. However, such simulations are normally very computationally intensive, and the execution time represents a major issue for the applicability of this numerical approach to complex scenarios. With this work, we introduce a novel coupling approach aiming at improving the performance of the parallel CFD-DEM simulations. This strategy relies on two points. First, we propose a new partition-collocation strategy for the parallel execution of CFD–DEM couplings, which can considerably reduce the amount of inter-process communication between the CFD and DEM parts. However, this strategy imposes some alignment constraints on the CFD mesh. Secondly, we adopt a dual-grid multiscale scheme for the CFD-DEM coupling, that is known to offer better numerical properties, and that allows us to obtain more flexibility on the domain partitioning overcoming the alignment constraints. We assess the correctness and performance of our approach on elementary benchmarks and at a large scale with a realistic test-case. The results show a significant performance improvement compared to other state-of-art CFD-DEM couplings presented in the literature.

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See detailA Parallel Multiscale DEM-VOF Method For Large-Scale Simulations Of Three-Phase Flows
Pozzetti, Gabriele; Besseron, Xavier; Rousset, Alban; Peters, Bernhard

in Proceedings of ECCM-ECFD 2018 (2018)

A parallel dual-grid multiscale DEM-VOF coupling is here investigated. Dual- grid multiscale couplings have been recently used to address different engineering problems involving the interaction between granular phases and complex fluid flows. Nevertheless, previous studies did not focus on the parallel performance of such a coupling and were, therefore, limited to relatively small applications. In this contribution, we propose an insight into the performance of the dual-grid multiscale DEM-VOF method for three- phase flows when operated in parallel. In particular,we focus on a famous benchmark case for three-phase flows and assess the influence of the partitioning algorithm on the scalability of the dual-grid algorithm.

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See detailOn the performance of an overlapping-domain parallelization strategy for Eulerian-Lagrangian Multiphysics software
Pozzetti, Gabriele; Besseron, Xavier; Rousset, Alban; Mainassara Chekaraou, Abdoul Wahid; Peters, Bernhard

in AIP Conference Proceedings ICNAAM 2017 (2017, September)

In this work, a strategy for the parallelization of a two-way CFD-DEM coupling is investigated. It consists on adopting balanced overlapping partitions for the CFD and the DEM domains, that aims to reduce the memory consumption and inter-process communication between CFD and DEM. Two benchmarks are proposed to assess the consistency and scalability of this approach, coupled execution on 252 cores shows that less than 1\% of time is used to perform inter-physics data exchange.