Code_Saturne is used extensively on HPC machines ( CCRT, IBM Blue Gene, HECToR (EPCC),...).
It includes a classical domain partitioning (METIS, SCOTCH or internal Morton space-filling curve) scheme combined with any MPI 1.2 or MPI 2.x compatible library. The input/output is partition-independent. It is based on a classical “ghost cell” method for both parallelism and periodicity. Most operations require only ghost cells sharing faces; the extended neighborhoods, used for gradients calculations, also require ghost cells sharing vertices.
Example of “FATHER” LES case: thermal fatigue in a T-junction
- 1M of cells
- In 2003, a full run required 63 days using one vector processor on EDF's Fujitsu VPP 5000 computer for ten physical seconds simulated (50 000 iterations).
- In 2004, the same run required 10 days on 32 processors of an HP AlphaServer (CCRT)
- Now on Blue Gene EDF Machine: would require less than 1 day on 512 processors