Author ORCID Identifier

http://orcid.org/0000-0002-6417-2333

Year of Publication

2017

Degree Name

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE)

Document Type

Master's Thesis

College

Engineering

Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Robert J. Adams

Abstract

Understanding, predicting, and controlling electromagnetic field interactions on and between complex RF platforms requires high fidelity computational electromagnetic (CEM) simulation. The primary CEM tool within NASA is GEMINI, an integral equation based method-of-moments (MoM) code for frequency domain electromagnetic modeling. However, GEMINI is currently limited in the size and complexity of problems that can be effectively handled. To extend GEMINI’S CEM capabilities beyond those currently available, primary research is devoted to integrating the MFDlib library developed at the University of Kentucky with GEMINI for efficient filling, factorization, and solution of large electromagnetic problems formulated using integral equation methods. A secondary research project involves the hybrid parallelization of GEMINI for the efficient speedup of the impedance matrix filling process. This thesis discusses the research, development, and testing of the secondary research project on the High Performance Computing DLX Linux supercomputer cluster. Initial testing of GEMINI’s existing MPI parallelization establishes the benchmark for speedup and reveals performance issues subsequently solved by the NASA CEM Lab. Implementation of hybrid parallelization incorporates GEMINI’s existing course level MPI parallelization with Open MP fine level parallel threading. Simple and nested Open MP threading are compared. Final testing documents the improvements realized by hybrid parallelization.

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.13023/ETD.2017.080

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