Study of a Microwave Simulation Dedicated Computer, FDTD/FIT Data Flow Machine

Shun-suke MATSUOKA  Katsunori OHMI  Hideki KAWAGUCHI  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E86-C   No.11   pp.2199-2206
Publication Date: 2003/11/01
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Issue on Analytical and Simulation Methods for Electromagnetic Wave Problems)
FDTD,  FIT,  HPC,  dedicated computer,  data flow machine,  

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For High Performance Computing (HPC) of electromagnetic microwave simulations, the authors present concept for a microwave simulation dedicated computer, FDTD/FIT data flow machine. By constructing a dedicated computer customized to the data flow of the FDTD or FIT scheme, we can obtain maximum performance from the FDTD/FIT simulations and achieve T FLOPS performance computing by using much smaller size computer system than conventional supercomputers. In addition to the basic idea, this paper identifies with solution to some other factors which are needed to execute practical simulations (e.g., boundary condition setting, power input, simulation result data upload to PC, etc.). Moreover, the VHDL design and logical simulation of the 2D data flow machine are also shown as the first step of development of the FDTD/FIT data flow machine.