Parallelization of a Vlasov–Maxwell solver in four-dimensional phase space

Lars K. S. Daldorff, Bengt Eliasson

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We present a parallelized algorithm for solving the time-dependent Vlasov–Maxwell system of equations in the four-dimensional phase space (two spatial and velocity dimensions). One Vlasov equation is solved for each particle species, from which charge and current densities are calculated for the Maxwell equations. The parallelization is divided into two different layers. For the first layer, each plasma species is given its own processor group. On the second layer, the distribution function is domain decomposed on its dedicated resources. By separating the communication and calculation steps, we have met the design criteria of good speedup and simplicity in the implementation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-115
Number of pages7
JournalParallel Computing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2009


  • numerical simulations
  • vlsaov equation
  • parallel algorithm


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