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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

M.S. in Engineering Science

First Advisor

Philip J. Rhodes

Second Advisor

Feng Wang

Third Advisor

Byunghyun Jang


University of Mississippi

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Unstructured meshes are used in a variety of disciplines to represent simulations and experimental data. Scientists who want to increase accuracy of simulations by increasing resolution must also increase the size of the resulting dataset. However, generating and processing a extremely large unstructured meshes remains a barrier. Researchers have published many parallel Delaunay triangulation (DT) algorithms, often focusing on partitioning the initial mesh domain, so that each rectangular partition can be triangulated in parallel. However, the comproblems for this method is how to merge all triangulated partitions into a single domain-wide mesh or the significant cost for communication the sub-region borders. We devised a novel algorithm --Triangulation of Independent Partitions in Parallel (TIPP) to deal with very large DT problems without requiring inter-processor communication while still guaranteeing the Delaunay criteria. The core of the algorithm is to find a set of independent} partitions such that the circumcircles of triangles in one partition do not enclose any vertex in other partitions. For this reason, this set of independent partitions can be triangulated in parallel without affecting each other. The results of mesh generation is the large unstructured meshes including vertex index and vertex coordinate files which introduce a new challenge \-- locality. Partitioning unstructured meshes to improve locality is a key part of our own approach. Elements that were widely scattered in the original dataset are grouped together, speeding data access. For further improve unstructured mesh partitioning, we also described our new approach. Direct Load which mitigates the challenges of unstructured meshes by maximizing the proportion of useful data retrieved during each read from disk, which in turn reduces the total number of read operations, boosting performance.



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