Heterogeneous computing on mixed unstructured grids with PyFR Academic Article uri icon


  • PyFR is an open-source high-order accurate computational fluid dynamics solver for mixed unstructured grids that can target a range of hardware platforms from a single codebase. In this paper we demonstrate the ability of PyFR to perform high-order accurate unsteady simulations of flow on mixed unstructured grids using heterogeneous multi-node hardware. Specifically, after benchmarking single-node performance for various platforms, PyFR v0.2.2 is used to undertake simulations of unsteady flow over a circular cylinder at Reynolds number 3 900 using a mixed unstructured grid of prismatic and tetrahedral elements on a desktop workstation containing an Intel Xeon E5-2697 v2 CPU, an NVIDIA Tesla K40c GPU, and an AMD FirePro W9100 GPU. Both the performance and accuracy of PyFR are assessed. PyFR v0.2.2 is freely available under a 3-Clause New Style BSD license (see www.pyfr.org).

published proceedings

  • Computers & Fluids

altmetric score

  • 2.35

author list (cited authors)

  • Witherden, F. D., Vermeire, B. C., & Vincent, P. E.

citation count

  • 44

complete list of authors

  • Witherden, FD||Vermeire, BC||Vincent, PE

publication date

  • October 2015