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SCHEDULE: NOV 16-21, 2014

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Parallel High-Order Geometric Multigrid Methods on Adaptive Meshes for Highly Heterogeneous Nonlinear Stokes Flow Simulations of Earth's Mantle

SESSION: Poster Reception

EVENT TYPE: Posters, Best Poster Finalist

TIME: 5:15PM - 7:00PM

AUTHOR(S):Johann Rudi, Hari Sundar, Tobin Isaac, Georg Stadler, Michael Gurnis, Omar Ghattas

ROOM:New Orleans Theater Lobby


The simulation of Earth's mantle flow with associated plate motion at global
scale is challenging due to (1) the severe nonlinear rheology, (2) the
viscosity variations, and (3) the widely-varying spatial scales inherent in the
problem. We discretize the governing nonlinear incompressible Stokes equations
using high-order finite elements on highly adapted meshes, which allow us to
resolve plate boundaries down to a few hundred meters. Crucial components in
our scalable solver are an efficient, collective communication-free, parallel
implementation of geometric multigrid for high-order elements, the use of a
Schur complement preconditioner that is robust with respect to extreme
viscosity variations, and the use of an inexact Newton solver combined with
grid-continuation methods. We present results based on real Earth data that
are likely the most realistic global scale mantle flow simulations conducted to

Chair/Author Details:

Johann Rudi - University of Texas at Austin

Hari Sundar - University of Utah

Tobin Isaac - University of Texas at Austin

Georg Stadler - University of Texas at Austin

Michael Gurnis - California Institute of Technology

Omar Ghattas - University of Texas at Austin

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