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Mesh Generation And Optimal Triangulation
, 1992
"... We survey the computational geometry relevant to finite element mesh generation. We especially focus on optimal triangulations of geometric domains in two and threedimensions. An optimal triangulation is a partition of the domain into triangles or tetrahedra, that is best according to some cri ..."
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We survey the computational geometry relevant to finite element mesh generation. We especially focus on optimal triangulations of geometric domains in two and threedimensions. An optimal triangulation is a partition of the domain into triangles or tetrahedra, that is best according to some criterion that measures the size, shape, or number of triangles. We discuss algorithms both for the optimization of triangulations on a fixed set of vertices and for the placement of new vertices (Steiner points). We briefly survey the heuristic algorithms used in some practical mesh generators.
The Hierarchical Basis Multigrid Method
 Numer. Math
, 1987
"... We derive and analyze the hierarchical basismultigrid method for solving discretizations of selfadjoint, elliptic boundary value problems using piecewise linear triangular finite elements. The method is analyzed as a block symmetric GauSeidel iteration with inner iterations, but it is strongly re ..."
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We derive and analyze the hierarchical basismultigrid method for solving discretizations of selfadjoint, elliptic boundary value problems using piecewise linear triangular finite elements. The method is analyzed as a block symmetric GauSeidel iteration with inner iterations, but it is strongly related to 2level methods, to the standard multigrid Vcycle, and to earlier Jacobilike hierarchical basis methods. The method is very robust, and has a nearly optimal convergence rate and work estimate. It is especially well suited to difficult problems with rough solutions, discretized using highly nonuniform, adaptively refined meshes. Keywords: hierarchical basis, multigrid, finite elements, adaptive mesh refinement, preconditioned conjugate gradients, symmetric GauSeidel. Subject Classification: AMS(MOS): 65F10, 65F35, 65N20, 65N30 1 1. Introduction In this work we describe and analyse the hierarchical basis multigrid method for solving selfadjoint, positive definite, elliptic bou...
Quality local refinement of tetrahedral meshes based on bisection
 SIAM J. Sci. Comput
, 1995
"... Abstract. Let T be a tetrahedral mesh. We present a 3D local refinement algorithm for T which is mainly based on an 8subtetrahedron subdivision procedure, and discuss the quality of refined meshes generated by the algorithm. It is proved that any tetrahedron T ∈T produces a finite number of classe ..."
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Abstract. Let T be a tetrahedral mesh. We present a 3D local refinement algorithm for T which is mainly based on an 8subtetrahedron subdivision procedure, and discuss the quality of refined meshes generated by the algorithm. It is proved that any tetrahedron T ∈T produces a finite number of classes of similar tetrahedra, independent of the number of refinement levels. Furthermore, η(Tn i) ≥ cη(T), where T ∈T,cis a positive constant independent of T and the number of refinement levels, Tn i is any refined tetrahedron of T, andηisa tetrahedron shape measure. It is also proved that local refinements on tetrahedra can be smoothly extended to their neighbors to maintain a conforming mesh. Experimental results show that the ratio of the number of tetrahedra actually refined to the number of tetrahedra chosen for refinement is bounded above by a small constant. 1.
Mesh Generation
 Handbook of Computational Geometry. Elsevier Science
, 2000
"... this article, we emphasize practical issues; an earlier survey by Bern and Eppstein [24] emphasized theoretical results. Although there is inevitably some overlap between these two surveys, we intend them to be complementary. ..."
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this article, we emphasize practical issues; an earlier survey by Bern and Eppstein [24] emphasized theoretical results. Although there is inevitably some overlap between these two surveys, we intend them to be complementary.
An Algorithm for Coarsening Unstructured Meshes
 Numer. Math
, 1996
"... . We develop and analyze a procedure for creating a hierarchical basis of continuous piecewise linear polynomials on an arbitrary, unstructured, nonuniform triangular mesh. Using these hierarchical basis functions, we are able to define and analyze corresponding iterative methods for solving the lin ..."
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. We develop and analyze a procedure for creating a hierarchical basis of continuous piecewise linear polynomials on an arbitrary, unstructured, nonuniform triangular mesh. Using these hierarchical basis functions, we are able to define and analyze corresponding iterative methods for solving the linear systems arising from finite element discretizations of elliptic partial differential equations. We show that such iterative methods perform as well as those developed for the usual case of structured, locally refined meshes. In particular, we show that the generalized condition numbers for such iterative methods are of order J 2 , where J is the number of hierarchical basis levels. Key words. Finite element, hierarchical basis, multigrid, unstructured mesh. AMS subject classifications. 65F10, 65N20 1. Introduction. Iterative methods using the hierarchical basis decomposition have proved to be among the most robust for solving broad classes of elliptic partial differential equations, ...
Global Static Indexing for Realtime Exploration of Very Large Regular Grids
, 2001
"... In this paper we introduce a new indexing scheme for progressive traversal and visualization of large regular grids. We demonstrate the potential of our approach by providing a tool that displays at interactive rates planar slices of scalar field data with very modest computing resources. We obtain ..."
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In this paper we introduce a new indexing scheme for progressive traversal and visualization of large regular grids. We demonstrate the potential of our approach by providing a tool that displays at interactive rates planar slices of scalar field data with very modest computing resources. We obtain unprecedented results both in terms of absolute performance and, more importantly, in terms of scalability. On a laptop computer we provide real time interaction with a 2048 3 grid (8 Giganodes) using only 20MB of memory. On an SGI Onyx we slice interactively an 8192 3 grid ( teranodes) using only 60MB of memory. The scheme relies simply on the determination of an appropriate reordering of the rectilinear grid data and a progressive construction of the output slice. The reordering minimizes the amount of I/O performed during the outofcore computation. The progressive and asynchronous computation of the output provides flexible quality/speed tradeoffs and a timecritical and interruptible user interface. 1.
WellSpaced Points for Numerical Methods
, 1997
"... mesh generation, mesh coarsening, multigrid Abstract A numerical method for the solution of a partial differential equation (PDE) requires the following steps: (1) discretizing the domain (mesh generation); (2) using an approximation method and the mesh to transform the problem into a linear system; ..."
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mesh generation, mesh coarsening, multigrid Abstract A numerical method for the solution of a partial differential equation (PDE) requires the following steps: (1) discretizing the domain (mesh generation); (2) using an approximation method and the mesh to transform the problem into a linear system; (3) solving the linear system. The approximation error and convergence of the numerical method depend on the geometric quality of the mesh, which in turn depends on the size and shape of its elements. For example, the shape quality of a triangular mesh is measured by its element's aspect ratio. In this work, we shift the focus to the geometric properties of the nodes, rather than the elements, of well shaped meshes. We introduce the concept of wellspaced points and their spacing functions, and show that these enable the development of simple and efficient algorithms for the different stages of the numerical solution of PDEs. We first apply wellspaced point sets and their accompanying technology to mesh coarsening, a crucial step in the multigrid solution of a PDE. A good aspectratio coarsening sequence of an unstructured mesh M0 is a sequence of good aspectratio meshes M1; : : : ; Mk such that Mi is an approximation of Mi\Gamma 1 containing fewer nodes and elements. We present a new approach to coarsening that guarantees the sequence is also of optimal size and width up to a constant factor the first coarsening method that provides these guarantees. We also present experimental results, based on an implementation of our approach, that substantiate the theoretical claims.
The Adaptive Multilevel Finite Element Solution of the PoissonBoltzmann Equation on Massively Parallel Computers
 J. COMPUT. CHEM
, 2000
"... Using new methods for the parallel solution of elliptic partial differential equations, the teraflops computing power of massively parallel computers can be leveraged to perform electrostatic calculations on large biological systems. This paper describes the adaptive multilevel finite element soluti ..."
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Using new methods for the parallel solution of elliptic partial differential equations, the teraflops computing power of massively parallel computers can be leveraged to perform electrostatic calculations on large biological systems. This paper describes the adaptive multilevel finite element solution of the PoissonBoltzmann equation for a microtubule on the NPACI IBM Blue Horizon supercomputer. The microtubule system is 40 nm in length and 24 nm in diameter, consists of roughly 600,000 atoms, and has a net charge of1800 e. PoissonBoltzmann calculations are performed for several processor configurations and the algorithm shows excellent parallel scaling.
Adaptive numerical treatment of elliptic systems on manifolds
 Advances in Computational Mathematics, 15(1):139
, 2001
"... ABSTRACT. Adaptive multilevel finite element methods are developed and analyzed for certain elliptic systems arising in geometric analysis and general relativity. This class of nonlinear elliptic systems of tensor equations on manifolds is first reviewed, and then adaptive multilevel finite element ..."
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ABSTRACT. Adaptive multilevel finite element methods are developed and analyzed for certain elliptic systems arising in geometric analysis and general relativity. This class of nonlinear elliptic systems of tensor equations on manifolds is first reviewed, and then adaptive multilevel finite element methods for approximating solutions to this class of problems are considered in some detail. Two a posteriori error indicators are derived, based on local residuals and on global linearized adjoint or dual problems. The design of Manifold Code (MC) is then discussed; MC is an adaptive multilevel finite element software package for 2 and 3manifolds developed over several years at Caltech and UC San Diego. It employs a posteriori error estimation, adaptive simplex subdivision, unstructured algebraic multilevel methods, global inexact Newton methods, and numerical continuation methods for the numerical solution of nonlinear covariant elliptic systems on 2 and 3manifolds. Some of the more interesting features of MC are described in detail, including some new ideas for topology and geometry representation in simplex meshes, and an unusual partition of unitybased method for exploiting parallel computers. A short example is then given which involves the Hamiltonian and momentum constraints in the Einstein equations, a representative nonlinear 4component covariant elliptic system on a Riemannian 3manifold which arises in general relativity. A number of operator properties and solvability results recently established are first summarized, making possible two quasioptimal a priori error estimates for Galerkin approximations which are then derived. These two results complete the theoretical framework for effective use of adaptive multilevel finite element methods. A sample calculation using the MC software is then presented.
Parallel Multigrid in an Adaptive PDE Solver Based on Hashing and SpaceFilling Curves
, 1997
"... this paper is organized as follows: In section 2 we discuss data structures for adaptive PDE solvers. Here, we suggest to use hash tables instead of the usually employed tree type data structures. Then, in section 3 we discuss the main features of the sequential adaptive multilevel solver. Section 4 ..."
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this paper is organized as follows: In section 2 we discuss data structures for adaptive PDE solvers. Here, we suggest to use hash tables instead of the usually employed tree type data structures. Then, in section 3 we discuss the main features of the sequential adaptive multilevel solver. Section 4 deals with the partitioning and distribution of adaptive grids with spacefilling curves and section 5 gives the main features of our new parallelized adaptive multilevel solver. In section 6 we present the results of numerical experiments on a parallel cluster computer with up to 64 processors. It is shown that our approach works nicely also for problems with severe singularities which result in locally refined meshes. Here, the work overhead for load balancing and data distribution remains only a small fraction of the overall work load. 2. DATA STRUCTURES FOR ADAPTIVE PDE SOLVERS 2.1. Adaptive Cycle