SC 2013
Conference paper

11 PFLOP/s simulations of cloud cavitation collapse

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We present unprecedented, high throughput simulations of cloud cavitation collapse on 1.6 million cores of Sequoia reaching 55% of its nominal peak performance, corresponding to 11 PFLOP/s. The destructive power of cavitation reduces the lifetime of energy critical systems such as internal combustion engines and hydraulic turbines, yet it has been harnessed for water purification and kidney lithotripsy. The present two-phase ow simulations enable the quantitative prediction of cavitation using 13 trillion grid points to resolve the collapse of 15'000 bubbles. We advance by one order of magnitude the current state-of-the-art in terms of time to solution, and by two orders the geometrical complexity of the ow. The software successfully addresses the challenges that hinder the effective solution of complex ows on contemporary supercomputers, such as limited memory bandwidth, I/O bandwidth and storage capacity. The present work redefines the frontier of high performance computing for uid dynamics simulations. Copyright 2013 ACM.