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New prospects for computational hydraulics by leveraging high-performance heterogeneous computing techniques

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posted on 14.01.2019, 10:34 by Qiuhua LiangQiuhua Liang, Luke Smith, Xilin Xia
In the last two decades, computational hydraulics has undergone a rapid development following the advancement of data acquisition and computing technologies. Using a finite-volume Godunov-type hydrodynamic model, this work demonstrates the promise of modern high-performance computing technology to achieve real-time flood modeling at a regional scale. The software is implemented for high-performance heterogeneous computing using the OpenCL programming framework, and developed to support simulations across multiple GPUs using a domain decomposition technique and across multiple systems through an efficient implementation of the Message Passing Interface (MPI) standard. The software is applied for a convective storm induced flood event in Newcastle upon Tyne, demonstrating high computational performance across a GPU cluster, and good agreement against crowd- sourced observations. Issues relating to data availability, complex urban topography and differences in drainage capacity affect results for a small number of areas.

Funding

This work is supported by the following projects: National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) standard research award (Ref. 51379074), and the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) SINATRA project (Grant NO. NE/K008781/1).

History

School

  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Published in

Journal of Hydrodynamics, Ser. B

Volume

28

Issue

6

Pages

977 - 985

Citation

LIANG, Q., SMITH, L. and XIA, X., 2016. New prospects for computational hydraulics by leveraging high-performance heterogeneous computing techniques. Journal of Hydrodynamics, 28 (6), pp.977-985.

Publisher

Springer © China Ship Scientific Research Center

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

14/12/2016

Publication date

2016

Notes

This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Journal of Hydrodynamics. The final authenticated version is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1001-6058(16)60699-6.

ISSN

1001-6058

eISSN

1878-0342

Language

en