High-performacne and low-cost computing for indoor airflow

Wangda Zuo, Qingyan Chen

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Abstract

Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) can provide detailed information of flow motion, temperature distributions and species dispersion in buildings. However, it may take hours or days, even weeks to simulate airflow in a building by using CFD on a single central processing unit (CPU) computer. Parallel computing on a multi-CPU supercomputer or computer cluster can reduce the computing time, but the cost for such high performance computing is prohibitive for many designers. Our paper introduces high performance parallel computing of the airflow simulations on a graphics processing unit (GPU). The computing time can be reduced by 10 - 30 times using the GPU. Furthermore, the cost of purchasing such a GPU is only $500, which is less than 2% of a multi-CPU supercomputer or a computer cluster for the same performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIBPSA 2009 - International Building Performance Simulation Association 2009
Pages244-249
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event11th International IBPSA Conference - Building Simulation 2009, BS 2009 - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: Jul 27 2007Jul 30 2007

Other

Other11th International IBPSA Conference - Building Simulation 2009, BS 2009
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityGlasgow
Period7/27/077/30/07

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Graphics Processing Unit
Program processors
Supercomputers
Supercomputer
Parallel processing systems
Parallel Computing
Computational Fluid Dynamics
Unit
Computing
Computational fluid dynamics
High Performance
Costs
Purchasing
Temperature Distribution
Temperature distribution
Motion
Graphics processing unit
Simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Building and Construction
  • Architecture
  • Modeling and Simulation

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Zuo, W., & Chen, Q. (2009). High-performacne and low-cost computing for indoor airflow. In IBPSA 2009 - International Building Performance Simulation Association 2009 (pp. 244-249)

High-performacne and low-cost computing for indoor airflow. / Zuo, Wangda; Chen, Qingyan.

IBPSA 2009 - International Building Performance Simulation Association 2009. 2009. p. 244-249.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Zuo, W & Chen, Q 2009, High-performacne and low-cost computing for indoor airflow. in IBPSA 2009 - International Building Performance Simulation Association 2009. pp. 244-249, 11th International IBPSA Conference - Building Simulation 2009, BS 2009, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 7/27/07.
Zuo W, Chen Q. High-performacne and low-cost computing for indoor airflow. In IBPSA 2009 - International Building Performance Simulation Association 2009. 2009. p. 244-249
Zuo, Wangda ; Chen, Qingyan. / High-performacne and low-cost computing for indoor airflow. IBPSA 2009 - International Building Performance Simulation Association 2009. 2009. pp. 244-249
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