Thesis - Open Access
Master of Science (MS)
Department / School
Mathematics and Statistics
biofilm, computational science, fluid dynamics, parallel computing
The importance of computing in the natural sciences continues to grow as scientists strive to analyze complex phenomena. The dynamics of turbulence, astrophysics simulations, and climate change are just a few examples where computing is critical. These problems are computationally intractable on all computing platforms except supercomputers, necessitating the continued development of efficient algorithms and methodologies in parallel computing. This thesis investigates the use of parallel computing and mathematical modeling in the natural sciences through several applications, namely computational fluid dynamics for impinging jets in mechanical engineering, simulation of biofilms in an aqueous environment in mathematical biology, and the solution of the alternating current optimal power flow problem in electrical engineering. In this study, the Portable, Extensible Toolkit for Scientific Computing (PETSc) is utilized in the design of the numerical methods and parallel implementations.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Parallel processing (Electronic computers)
High performance computing.
Electric power transmission -- Alternating current.
Number of Pages
South Dakota State University
Stegmeier, Nicholas, "A Study of Several Applications of Parallel Computing in the Sciences Using PETSC" (2019). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 3147.