Project #22410 - MPI assignment

Problem Description

The temperature of the interior of an area will depend on the temperatures around it. Consider a square area that has known temperatures along each of its edges, and a single heat source at one location. The scientific question that we would like to answer is, "What is the distribution of heat in a region over time iven a fixed heat source?"

The approach to solving this problem is divide the area into a fine mesh of points, h[i][j]. Temperature at an inside point are taken to be the average of temperatures of four neighboring points. Figure 1 shows the model of the area as a square mesh of points. One of the points is enlarged.

Assignment

You are to write a program that uses MPI and a data parallel technique to solve the heat distribution problem.

 

Part 1 

Write the sequential version of this program and name this program heat_serial.c

This program should declare a mesh of an appropriate size, which may depend on the graphical output technique that you use. If you use a bitmap format then a size of 1000 by 1000 is a good size to start with. The temperature of the edges should be fixed at 20 degrees Celsius. You should also initialize the interior of the mesh to 20 degrees Celsius, but these will change as the program executes.

The program should define a fireplace that is about 40% of the room width and placed at the top of the room. The temperature of the fireplace should be set to 300 degrees Celsius. Your program should run iteratively to calculate the temperature of each coordinate in the mesh. It should produce graphical output of the heat distribution that is at least as descriptive as the example in Figure 2.

The program should accept two command line arguments. The first argument is the number of time steps (iterations) for this simulation to run. The second argument is the dimension of the square room. 

 

The following sequential code can help you get started. In the main program:

        for each iteration {

            CopyNewToOld(new, old);

            CalculateNew(new, old, xsource, ysource);

            Optionally, PrintGridtoFile(new, xsource, ysource);

        }

You should implement each of the three steps inside this loop in a function. You may wish to use a function prototype for each of these such as these, but you may modify them if prefer:

        void CopyNewToOld(float new[][COLS], float old[][COLS]);

        void CalculateNew(float new[][COLS], float old[][COLS], ... );

        void PrintGrid(float grid[][COLS], int xsource, int ysource);

The location and temperature of the heat source will need to stay fixed at all times. The CalculateNew function will have code that is similar to:

        for (i = 1; i < n-1; i++)

               for (j = 1; j < n-1; j++)

                   new[i][j] = 0.25*(old[i-1][j]+old[i+1][j]+old[i][j-1]+old[i][j+1]);

While you are testing, you should print output after each iteration to see how the array changes. After you have finished testing you should run the program without printing in each iteration for a large number of iterations, perhaps 50,000, to see the results of the converged calculation.

Your program should use graphical output. You may use any technique that you like, but one techique using an ascii bitmap file is demonstrated in this source code. The output of this code is in .pnm format, and you can convert them to .gif or .jpeg using the command "convert [input file] [output file]" on Palmetto. The following range of colors may be useful to you, although you can change them if you like:

        If the temperature is above 250, print in RED

        If the temperature is between 180 and 250 print in ORANGE

If the temperature is between 120 and 180 print in YELLOW

If the emperature is between 80 and 120 print in LTGREEN

If the temperature is between 60 and 80 print in GREEN

If the temperature is between 50 and 60 print in LTBLUE

If the temperature is between 40 and 50 print in BLUE

If the temperature is between 30 and 40 print in DARKTEAL

If the temperature is between 20 and 30 print in BROWN

If the temperature is 20 or less print in BLACK

 

Part 2 (25 points)

Parallelize your program using a data parallel technique in MPI and name this parallel version heat_mpi.c
 
It is recommended that you divide the area into strips of equal size, but you can use any partitioning technique that you like. You should use temporary data arrays to hold data points that are used by an MPI process as input to the calculation, but are not modified in that process. These temporary arrays must be communicated in each iteration along with the set of data calculated by each process. The MPI algorithm is similar to the sequential algorithm:
 
        for each iteration {
            send/receive ghost points from neighbor process
            CopyNewToOld(new, old);
            CalculateNew(new, old, xsource, ysource);
            Optionally, PrintGridtoFile(new, xsource, ysource);
        }
 
 
 

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Due By (Pacific Time) 02/09/2014 12:00 am
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