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Supercomputing Research Division

We are conducting research on massively parallel computing environments driven by supercomputers and cloud systems, as well as high-performance computing utilizing state-of-the-art processor devices such as many-core microprocessors and GPUs.

More specifically, we are investigating parallel processing algorithms to enable effective use of the latest computing environments, and also developing high-performance simulation programs, modeling, and numerical computation libraries.

Development and support for the use of Jet FDTD

The Jet FDTD large-scale electromagnetic field analysis system for supercomputer systems is currently under development. Featuring high capacity and high-speed processing, this application program supports device design in frequency bands of more than several hundred MHz and the evaluation/analysis of indoor radio wave propagation. Using Jet FDTD in conjunction with the Center’s supercomputer enables high-precision,expedited simulation.

The figures on the right show the results of the visualization of Received Signal Strength Indication (RSSI) in indoor and outdoor environments for a wireless LAN access point in a frequency band of 2,442 MHz. One entire floor of an office building was used as the analysis target. Assuming a spatial resolution of 5 mm, analysis for a model consisting of 23billion grids or more can be completed. Numerical analysis of such a large target is possible using Hokkaido University’s supercomputer. By using 40 theoretical calculation nodes, analysis results can be obtained within 20 hours.

The above-mentioned Jet FDTD application is provided to the users of Hokkaido University’s supercomputer to support their research, and functions are added continuously. The organization of workshops for users, preparation of numerical models and visualization of analysis results are also conducted by request.

[fig] Results of the visualization of RSSI distribution

High-performance computing researches for supporting simulation

We conduct researches on high-performance computing for supporting various kinds of simulation on modern computer systems. Since recent supercomputers become larger and more complicated,in addition to mathematical approaches, HPC technologies such as parallelization techniques are vital for fully exploiting the potential of supercomputers. Focusing on important problems and their solution methods in the field of computational science, we have investigated related HPC technologies and developed software frameworks and libraries that support simulation. For example, we have investigate the time-space tiling techniques for iterative stencil computations and iterative methods for solving large-scale linear systems appearing in FEM-based simulation.

[fig] Overview of time-space tiling for iterative stencil computation

Name Post Email/Web Research field
OMIYA Manabu Professor omiya[a]iic.hokudai.ac.jp High-performance computing,Wireless network,Large-scale parallel application software and simulation,Large-scale visualization
IWASHITA Takeshi Professor iwashita[a]iic.hokudai.ac.jp
High-performance computing,Numerical linear algebra,Electromagnetic field analysis,Parallel processing
FUKAYA Takeshi Assistant Professor fukaya[a]iic.hokudai.ac.jp
Numerical linear algebra,High-performance computing,Parallel processing
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