Accelerate OpenFOAM® with Culises

April 13th, 2015

Culises significantly accelerates your OpenFOAM® application by using GPUs for the computationally most intensive tasks.

Its main features are

  • Library for GPU-based acceleration of OpenFOAM®
  • Multi-GPU support, significantly reduced computing times
  • Highly efficient state-of-the-art iterative solvers like AMG
  • Quick and easy installation, no validation necessary
  • Flexible interfaces to customer-specific software/engineering applications available

The acceleration of the linear solver by Culises is greater than 2x. The overall speedup depends on the type of application and the time spent in the linear solver. Culises my be tested on FluiDyna’s purpose-built workstation to determine the acceleration potential for your individual OpenFOAM® application. Find out more on:

SpeedIT FLOW: RANS single-phase fluid flow solver on GPU

September 4th, 2014

SpeedIT FLOW is a RANS single-phase fluid flow solver that runs fully on GPU. Benchmark results on external aero flow and other industry-relevant OpenFOAM cases on a GPU card indicate approximately 3x faster time to solution vs. Intel Xeon E5649 running 12 cores. This is about two times faster than competing solutions that offer only partial acceleration on GPU. More details are available on this blog.

Accelerating CFD using OpenFOAM with GPUs

September 23rd, 2012

The OpenFOAM CFD Toolbox is a free, open source CFD software package produced by OpenCFD Ltd. Its user base represents a wide range of engineering and science disciplines in both commercial and academic organizations. OpenFOAM has an extensive range of features to solve a wide range of fluid flows and physics phenomenon. OpenFOAM provides tools for all three stages of CFD, preprocessing, solvers, and post processing. Almost all are capable of being run in parallel as standard making it an important resource for a wide range of scientists and engineers using HPC for CFD.

General-purpose Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) technology is increasingly being used to accelerate compute-intensive HPC applications across various disciplines in the HPC community. OpenFOAM CFD simulations can take a significant amount of time and are computationally intensive. Comparing various alternatives for enabling faster research and discovery using CFD is of key importance. SpeedIT libraries from Vratis provide GPU-accelerated iterative solvers that replace the iterative solvers in OpenFOAM.

In order to investigate the GPU-acceleration of OpenFOAM, we simulate the three dimensional lid-driven cavity problem based on the tutorial provided with OpenFOAM. The 3D lid-driven cavity problem is an incompressible flow problem solved using OpenFOAM icoFoam solver. The majority of the computationally intensive portion of the solver is the pressure equation. In the case of acceleration, only the pressure calculation is offloaded to the GPUs. On the CPUs, the PCG solver with DIC preconditioner is used. In the GPU-accelerated case, the SpeedIT 2.1 algebraic multigrid precoditioner with smoothed aggregation (AMG) in combination with the SpeedIT Plugin to OpenFOAM is used.

Accelerate OpenFOAM with SpeedIT 2.1

May 24th, 2012

SpeedIT provides a set of accelerated solvers for sparse linear systems of equations. The library supports C/C++ and Fortran, and it can be used with OpenFOAM to accelerate CFD simulations. SpeedIT 2.1 contains two new preconditioners:

• Algebraic Multigrid with Smoothed Aggregation (AMG)
• Approximate Inverse (AINV)

OpenFOAM simulations on the GPU can be up to 3.5x faster compared to CG and DIC/DILU preconditioners on the CPU and up to 1.6x faster if you run GAMG.

See the SpeedIT website and blog for more details.

ofgpu v0.2 released: GPU linear solvers for OpenFOAM

September 24th, 2011

The latest release of Symscape’s ofgpu (v0.2) for OpenFOAM® 2.0.x is now available. ofgpu is an open source experimental linear solver library that targets NVIDIA CUDA GPU devices on Windows, Linux, and (untested) Mac OS X. ofgpu now has support for the Cusp preconditioners:

  • smoothed_aggregation – equivalent to Algebraic Multi-Grid (AMG)
  • scaled_bridson_ainv
  • bridson_ainv
  • nonsym_bridson_ainv

Also supported is the option to select the GPU device. For more details see

GPU Linear Solvers for OpenFOAM

May 4th, 2011

ofgpu is a free GPL library from Symscape that provides GPU linear solvers for OpenFOAM®. The experimental library targets NVIDIA CUDA devices on Windows, Linux, and (untested) Mac OS X. It uses the Cusp library’s Krylov solvers to produce equivalent GPU (CUDA-based) versions of the standard OpenFOAM linear solvers:

  • PCG – Preconditioned conjugate gradient solver for symmetric matrices (e.g., p)
  • PBiCG – Preconditioned biconjugate gradient solver for asymmetric matrices (e.g., Ux, k)

ofgpu also has support for the OpenFOAM preconditioners:

  • no
  • diagonal

For more details see “GPU Linear Solver Library for OpenFOAM”. OpenFOAM is a registered trademark of OpenCFD and is unaffiliated with Symscape.