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Extending the educational scope of a particle-based simulation framework through parallelization

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Extending the educational scope of a particle-based simulation framework through parallelization
Particle systems have been incorporated into a wide variety of applications in both academia and industry. They can be employed to investigate complex natural phenomena, illustrate scientific concepts and generate special effects for entertainment purposes. Recently, we implemented an educational simulation framework based on particle systems that can be used to perform interactive virtual experiments involving complex physical laws. The positive feedback received from a pilot deployment of this framework motivated us to look for strategies to increase its scope. However, more complex and engaging simulations require the use of a larger number of geometric primitives (particles), which results in higher computational costs. To mitigate these costs, we resorted to the implementation of parallel techniques through the use of the Message Passing Interface (MPI) standard. In this paper, we describe these techniques and discuss the performance gains resulting from their application to the...
T. Francis Chen, Gladimir V. G. Baranoski
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Type Journal
Year 2010
Where IEEEHPCS
Authors T. Francis Chen, Gladimir V. G. Baranoski
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