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Publication Date
1 July 2024

Stabilized bases for high-order, interpolation semi-Lagrangian, element-based tracer transport



In a computational fluid model of the atmosphere, the advective transport of trace species, or tracers, can be computationally expensive. For efficiency, models often use semi-Lagrangian advection methods. High-order interpolation semi-Lagrangian (ISL) methods, in particular, can be extremely efficient, if the problem of property preservation specific to them can be addressed. Atmosphere models often use geometrically and logically nonuniform grids for efficiency and, as a result, element-based discretizations. Such grids and discretizations make stability a particular problem for ISL methods. Generally, high-order, element-based ISL methods that use the natural polynomial interpolant associated with a nodal finite-element discretization are unstable. We derive new bases having order of accuracy up to nine, with positive nodal weights, that stabilize the element-based ISL method. We use these bases to construct the linear advection operator in the property-preserving Interpolation Semi-Lagrangian Element-based Transport (Islet) method. Then we discuss key software implementation details. Finally, we show performance results for the Energy Exascale Earth System Model's atmosphere dynamical core, comparing the original and new transport methods. These simulations used up to 27,600 Graphical Processing Units (GPU) on the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility's Summit supercomputer.

Bradley, Andrew M. 2024. “Stabilized Bases For High-Order, Interpolation Semi-Lagrangian, Element-Based Tracer Transport”. Journal Of Computational Physics 508. Elsevier BV: 113034. doi:10.1016/
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ALCC (ASCR Leadership Computing Challenge)