Highly scalable parallel domain decomposition methods with an application to biomechanics

In: ZAMM - Journal of applied Mathematics and Mechanics - Zeitschrift für Angewandte Mathematik und Mechanik, Jg. 90 (2010) ; Nr. 1, S. 5-32
ISSN: 0044-2267, 1521-4001
Zeitschriftenaufsatz / Fach: Mathematik
Highly scalable parallel domain decomposition methods for elliptic partial differential equations are considered with a special emphasis on problems arising in elasticity. The focus of this survey article is on Finite Element Tearing and Interconnecting (FETI) methods, a family of nonoverlapping domain decomposition methods where the continuity between the subdomains, in principle, is enforced by the use of Lagrange multipliers. Exact onelevel and dual-primal FETI methods as well as related inexact dual-primal variants are described and theoretical convergence estimates are presented together with numerical results confirming the parallel scalability properties of these methods. New aspects such as a hybrid onelevel FETI/FETI-DP approach and the behavior of FETI-DP for anisotropic elasticity problems are presented. Parallel and numerical scalability of the methods for more than 65 000 processor cores of the JUGENE supercomputer is shown. An application of a dual-primal FETI method to a nontrivial biomechanical problem from nonlinear elasticity, modeling arterial wall stress, is given, showing the robustness of our domain decomposition methods for such problems.