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New Development of Parallel Conformal FDTD Method in Computational Electromagnetics Engineering

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9 Author(s)
Wenhua Yu ; Penn State Univ., University Park, PA, USA ; Xiaoling Yang ; Yongjun Liu ; Mittra, R.
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In this paper, we summarize the new development of hardware-acceleration techniques and a parallel conformal Finite-Difference Time-Domain (FDTD) method in computational electromagnetics engineering. We investigate the performance of a parallel conformal FDTD method on different hardware platforms, such as Intel and AMD processors, with vector-arithmetic logic unit (VALU) acceleration, a regular PC cluster, a high-performance server cluster, the use of a graphics-processing unit (GPU), and an IBM CELL processor. The FDTD method, which is parallel in nature, is one of the best candidate numerical methods for using multiple-core processors and computer clusters to efficiently simulate various electromagnetic problems. Several representative examples, such as a UWB (ultra-wideband) antenna array and reflector antennas, are employed to demonstrate the engineering applications of the parallel conformal FDTD method.

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Antennas and Propagation Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:53 ,  Issue: 3 )

Date of Publication:

June 2011

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