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Title: Extreme scalability challenges in micro-finite element simulations of human bone
Authors: Bekas, C ×
Curioni, A
Arbenz, P
Flaig, C
van Lenthe, Harry
Mueller, R
Wirth, A. J #
Issue Date: Nov-2010
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Series Title: Concurrency and Computation vol:22 issue:16 pages:2282-2296
Abstract: Coupling recent imaging capabilities with microstructural finite element (FIFE) analysis offers a powerful tool to determine bone stiffness and strength. It shows high potential to improve the individual fracture risk prediction, a tool much needed in the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis, that is, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), second only to cardiovascular disease as a leading health-care problem. We adapted a multilevel preconditioned conjugate gradient method to solve the very large voxel models that arise in the mu FE bone structure analysis. The intricate microstructure properties of bone lead to sparse matrices with billions of rows, thus rendering this application to be an ideal candidate for massively parallel architectures such as the BG/L Supercomputer. In this work we present our progress as well as the challenges we were able to identify in our quest to achieve scalability to thousands of BG/L cores. Copyright (C) 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
ISSN: 1532-0626
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Biomechanics Section
× corresponding author
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