Accession Number : ADA330149

Title :   Migration of WAM to Scalable Computing Environments.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MS INFORMATION TECHNOLOG Y LAB

Personal Author(s) : West, John E. ; Jensen, Robert E. ; Turcotte, Louis H.

PDF Url : ADA330149

Report Date : SEP 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 40

Abstract : Recent reviews in Department of Defense (DoD) strategic interests place additional emphasis on near-shore or littoral operations. This has created a significant Army interest in coastal wave predictions for sustainment of operations and has significantly increased the Navy's needs for improved coastal wave predictions. Both services use a European-developed code called the WAve Model, or WAM for oceanic wave prediction. Although initially developed for deep ocean global forecasts research indicates that extension of WAM to handle near-shore forecasts may be very successful if adequate computational power is available. This report documents results of work currently underway as part of the DoD's scalable software initiative to improve the performance of WAM by a factor of two to four times current operational performance. Techniques to achieve this level of performance on the emerging breed of scalable, commodity-processor based parallel computing systems in a way which is both efficient and portable are detailed and placed in the context of an overall design philosophy. Development in two phases is discussed. Phase I focuses on the parallelization of the simulation job stream so that each of the successively finer grid nests used in a forecast can be computed simultaneously. Phase II development extends this parallelism by performing computations for each grid on multiple processors. Preliminary results are presented which demonstrate excellent performance improvements in initial evaluations, and specific recommendations for further enhancements are provided.

Descriptors :   *COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, *OCEAN WAVES, *FORECASTING, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, COMPUTATIONS, SCALE MODELS, NAVAL PERSONNEL, PARALLEL PROCESSING, MULTIPROCESSORS, IMPACT PREDICTION, OCEAN ENVIRONMENTS, ESTUARIES.

Subject Categories : Meteorology
      Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE