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November 12, 2006, 23:53 
How to conert cgns in to node array for Metis?

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Hi does anybody know how to use MeTis? Actually in my case i am using my own code which takes only cgns file for solver. I have to partition the domain, so i am using metis.But, in Metis it takes graph as input and does partition. For making graph it takes node array as input. so my problem is how to convert cgns file into node array? pls let me know Thank you to all.
John 

November 13, 2006, 06:16 
Re: How to conert cgns in to node array for Metis?

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Metis does not takes graphs only. It also provides routines which works directly in mesh data (METIS_PartMeshDual for example). These routines will convert, internally, your data into graphs. You can also use the METIS_MeshToDual routine to convert your data before calling graph partitioning routines. It's up to you. These routines and data format are nicely described in the Metis users guide.
Cheers Renato. 

November 13, 2006, 06:44 
Re: How to conert cgns in to node array for Metis?

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Thanu Renato, u are right, but before making partition i have to convert mesh file into graph file. I have confusion abt this mesh file. (i.e. how to convert my cgns file in mesh file?) bcoz i have cgns as mesh file format, and in mesh file you should have element array, so how to conevert my cgns file into mesh file? Again thank you.


November 13, 2006, 07:05 
Re: How to conert cgns in to node array for Metis?

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You're, surely, making some confusion...
1st). You only need the graph IF (and only IF) you're working with hybrid mesh (mixing different kinds of elements in the same mesh, e.g., tets+hexas). NOTE: Only Metis (serial version) need the graph to partition hybrid mesh. ParMetis is able to operate directly on hybrid mesh data. 2nd). Metis *only* need the conectivity information because it's able to convert this data internally. Here goes an example of the METIS_PartMeshDual routine (I should remember that it's fully explained in the users guide): call METIS_PartMeshDual( nel, nnos, ien, etype, idx, nprocs, ncutedg, epart, npart ) INPUT DATA nel: number of elements nnos: number of nodes ien: element conectivity etype: element type (2= tetrahedra for example) idx: 1 = Fortran style array numbering, 0 = C style array numbering nprocs: Number of partitions OUTPUT DATA ncutedg: Number of edge cuts (only for your information) epart: element partitions npart: nodal partitions thus, where is the graph in the above statement? Note that it has nothing to do with your CGNS reader. If you're actually reading an unstructured mesh with CGNS I'm sure that you'll have the conectivity information. Regards Renato. 

November 13, 2006, 07:33 
Re: How to conert cgns in to node array for Metis?

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just for completeness
You only need the graph IF (and only IF) you're working with hybrid mesh *OR* you have a mesh with elements not supported by Metis (tria, tet, hex, quad). 

November 13, 2006, 07:38 
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I think the last message worth some explanation:
tria3, tet4, hex8 and quad4 are, of course, the standard elements supported by Metis. Examples of elements not support are: prisms, wedges, etc... NOTE: ParMetis employs a different mesh data layout. In ParMetis the data format is more flexible to support different elements, with different configurations. 

November 13, 2006, 08:45 
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Hi Renato thanku very much for valuable suggestion. Infact i hav not installed Parmetis, now i have download it. Now i only want to know (after partitioning have done ) how can i again convert output file into cgns file ? The problem is that i havenot source code of cfd i have only executable of one of cfd code. (not commercial code ).so i am unable to make chnages . thats why i am taking help of adfviewer which is free, so is there anyway to make output partition file into cgns file. Thanks again.


November 13, 2006, 09:12 
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I don't know regarding CGNS since I've never used this format. I only could say that after partitioning your mesh you'll have independent meshes that could be treated separately, for instance, as independent mesh files. Something like:
mesh.cgns > Metis > mesh_00.cgns, mesh_01.cgns, ..., mesh_nn.cgns. If you're only interested in see the partitions created you could use PMVIS ( http://wwwusers.cs.umn.edu/~oztekin/pmvis/ ). It's free and very easy to use. BTW, What are you trying to do exactly?! Are you implementing a solver, modifying a program or just learning how to use Metis?! NOTE: Particularly, I think Metis (serial) easier to learn and use than ParMetis (parallel) but it's up to you ;o) 

November 13, 2006, 10:51 
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Yeah Renato i am just implementing solver. I have to add partition functon in solver. I wanted to see that how metis works. We have nt any mesh format but are using cgns . Thanks for your valuable co operation.


November 13, 2006, 11:17 
Re: How to conert cgns in to node array for Metis?

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hi john,
as i understand u have implementation problem, i think that with deep look at Metis examples your problem is resolved but i simply pase a part of my code related to this, probably it help u, if u are fem man u easily understand this code (partitioning tet mesh with metis) #include "header.h" // this is prototype of modified metis function for our purpose void METIS_PartMeshNodal_(int *ne, int *nn, idxtype *elmnts, int *etype, int *numflag, int *nparts, int *edgecut, idxtype *epart, idxtype *npart, idxtype *xadj,idxtype *adjncy); /*::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: :::::::::::::*/ /* Partitioning Mesh with Metis /*::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: :::::::::::::*/ void metis(INPUT input, PAR_DATA *par_data, int numprocs) { INT i, ii, j, k, l, fl, ne, me, nt, nn, etype, numflag=0, edgecut, *lable; char etypestr[4][5] = {"TRI", "TET", "HEX", "QUAD"}; idxtype *pwgts, *perm, *iperm; int options[10], pnumflag=0, wgtflag=0; int nnbrs, nbrind[200], nbrwgt[200], maxpwgt; int esize, esizes[] = {1, 3, 4, 8, 4}; INT *Tetra; options[0] = 0; etype=2; // for tetraheder element esize = 4; nn=input.npoin; ne=input.ntets; nt=input.ntris; par_data>numprocs = numprocs; par_data>part_tets = (INT *)calloc(ne, sizeof(INT)); par_data>part_nodes = (INT *)calloc(nn, sizeof(INT)); par_data>part_tris = (INT *)calloc(nt, sizeof(INT)); // making adjacency graph of mesh par_data>xadj = idxmalloc(nn+1, "METIS_MESHPARTNODAL: xadj"); par_data>adjncy = idxmalloc(20*(nn), "METIS_MESHPARTNODAL: adjncy"); Tetra = (INT *)calloc(4*ne, sizeof(INT)); FOR(0,i,ne) FOR(0,j,4) Tetra[4*i+j]=input.tets[i].node[j]; METIS_MeshToNodal(&ne, &nn, Tetra, &etype, &pnumflag, par_data>xadj, par_data>adjncy); par_data>adjncy = realloc(par_data>adjncy, par_data>xadj[nn]*sizeof(idxtype)); METIS_PartMeshNodal_(&ne, &nn, Tetra, &etype, &numflag, &numprocs, &edgecut, par_data>part_tets, par_data>part_nodes, par_data>xadj, par_data>adjncy); FOR(0,i,input.npoin) ++par_data>npoin[par_data>part_nodes[i]]; free(Tetra); free(par_data>part_nodes); free(par_data>xadj); free(par_data>adjncy); } /*::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: ::::::::::::::::::::*/ /*::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: ::::::::::::::::::::*/ // Modified Metis Function /************************************************** *********************** * This function partitions a finite element mesh by partitioning its nodal * graph using KMETIS and then assigning elements in a load balanced fashion. ************************************************** ************************/ void METIS_PartMeshNodal_(int *ne, int *nn, idxtype *elmnts, int *etype, int *numflag, int *nparts, int *edgecut, idxtype *epart, idxtype *npart, idxtype *xadj,idxtype *adjncy) { int i, j, k, me; idxtype *pwgts; int options[10], pnumflag=0, wgtflag=0; int nnbrs, nbrind[200], nbrwgt[200], maxpwgt; int esize, esizes[] = {1, 3, 4, 8, 4}; esize = 4; options[0] = 0; METIS_PartGraphKway(nn, xadj, adjncy, NULL, NULL, &wgtflag, &pnumflag, nparts, options, edgecut, npart); /* OK, now compute an element partition based on the nodal partition npart */ idxset(*ne, 1, epart); pwgts = idxsmalloc(*nparts, 0, "METIS_MESHPARTNODAL: pwgts"); for (i=0; i<*ne; i++) { me = npart[elmnts[i*esize]]; for (j=1; j<esize; j++) { if (npart[elmnts[i*esize+j]] != me) break; } if (j == esize) { epart[i] = me; pwgts[me]++; } } maxpwgt = 1.03*(*ne)/(*nparts); for (i=0; i<*ne; i++) { if (epart[i] == 1) { /* Assign the boundary element */ nnbrs = 0; for (j=0; j<esize; j++) { me = npart[elmnts[i*esize+j]]; for (k=0; k<nnbrs; k++) { if (nbrind[k] == me) { nbrwgt[k]++; break; } } if (k == nnbrs) { nbrind[nnbrs] = me; nbrwgt[nnbrs++] = 1; } } /* Try to assign it first to the domain with most things in common */ j = iamax(nnbrs, nbrwgt); if (pwgts[nbrind[j]] < maxpwgt) { epart[i] = nbrind[j]; } else { /* If that fails, assign it to a light domain */ for (j=0; j<nnbrs; j++) { if (pwgts[nbrind[j]] < maxpwgt) { epart[i] = nbrind[j]; break; } } if (j == nnbrs) epart[i] = nbrind[iamax(nnbrs, nbrwgt)]; } pwgts[epart[i]]++; } } free(pwgts); } /*::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: :::::::::::::::::::::*/ /*::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: :::::::::::::::::::::*/ 

November 14, 2006, 04:52 
Re: How to conert cgns in to node array for Metis?

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Hi Reanato, i have one doubt. When we are have partitioned using partdmesh then it gives no of parts in graph format. Can you tell me how to convert those graph into mesh file? Thanks


November 14, 2006, 05:43 
Re: How to conert cgns in to node array for Metis?

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The output of the partdmesh program is not a graph. The partdmesh program do exactly the same thing the routine METIS PartMeshDual. It takes a MESH file, performs a dual graph partitioning (internally) and gives you the element and nodal parts.
By the way, do you know what a graph is? Regards Renato. 

November 14, 2006, 06:56 
Re: How to conert cgns in to node array for Metis?

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no sir, pls explain me . i will be very thanjful of you.


November 14, 2006, 07:56 
Re: How to conert cgns in to node array for Metis?

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It would be easier to draw than writing an explanation.
imagine the following 6 nodes: 1: 0. 0. 2: 1. 0. 3: 2. 0. 4: 0. 1. 5: 1. 1. 6: 2. 1. with them we could build the following triangles: 1: 154 2: 125 3: 235 4: 365 The information written above is known as connectivity between the nodes (what you've been calling as mesh info). It's widely know for people working with unstructured grids (finite element and finite volume for example) The corresponding dual graph for the triangles outlined above would be: 1234 what does it mean? It means that the triangle 1 is neighbor of the triangle 2, which is neighbor of the triangle 3, which is neighbor of the triangle 4. Thus, the DUAL GRAPH gives the neighborhood information between elements as well as the NODAL GRAPH gives you the same information related to nodes. Note that in this case (the simplest) we're only concerned with the relationship information, there are more advanced ways of embedding more information in a graph. I hope it helps you p.s.: Once again, this information is nicely explained in the Metis users guide and Karypis papers freely available in his website. 

November 14, 2006, 08:44 
Re: How to conert cgns in to node array for Metis?

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i have also used metis in fluent. but now frm your discussion i have just installed it. I have make one mesh file named tet.mesh , which contained information of conncevtivity of domain. I have used partdmesh for partitioning in 2 parts. It has given me 2 parts, but having named tet.mesh.npart.2 and tet.mesh.epart.2. What do these files contain ? How can i convert these files in mesh files? pls help me.


November 14, 2006, 09:33 
Re: How to conert cgns in to node array for Metis?

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Michael, do you know what Metis is? If so, I'm sure you'll figure out what Metis returned you. Those files contain the element (epart) e nodal (npart) partitions. Of course, you must know what's the purpose of such partitions, otherwise you wouldn't be interested in using Metis.
p.s.: Sorry but it's my last contribution since these informations are very well explained in Metis's users guide. 

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