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jojo January 18, 2007 10:59

Commercial codes in //
High Everybody,

There is a recurrent discussion on the limit for people from industries to carry up-to-date simulations with their commercial codes. For instance, LES is still out of reach because it takes to much time as industrial solvers do not scale very well in parallel. Has anybody an idea of the limit of current commercial solvers for parallel calculations: maximum number of processors before the efficiency drops, for instance?

Tom January 18, 2007 12:12

Re: Commercial codes in //
We currently have applications where we use 32 workstations in parallel. We are working with our vendor to port the code to 100 workstations.


opaque January 18, 2007 12:59

Re: Commercial codes in //
Dear jojo,

The ANSYS CFX solver is known run for a large number of processors. In fact, version 10.0 was limited to 512 processors, and version 11.0 has been upgraded to 1024 processors.

Some users has reported successful calculations with more than 512 processors using the pre-release version 11.0.

The maximum number of processors before the efficiency drops has a "depend" answer. The efficiency is tied to the size of the mesh. There is an overhead while communicating data among processors (increases with number of processors), if you start to increase the number of processors for a fixed mesh size, the cost of the calculation (CFD part) diminishes per processor and only the overhead is left (which does not scale)..

Hope that helps,


paulh January 18, 2007 15:04

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CD-adapco has a couple of pages of benchmarks on their web site. They have timing results listed for a bunch of models run over a good cross section of available hardware. Although code specific, this might help answer your question.

myron January 19, 2007 09:32

Re: Commercial codes in //
AcuSolve is also very scalable - also with LES or DES.

jojo January 23, 2007 12:58

Re: Commercial codes in //
Thanks a lot everybody

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