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### Stiff ODEs coupled with PDEs (computational efficiency)

I am simulating in COMSOL a system of 3 coupled PDEs (parabolic & elliptic) along with 10 stiff ODEs. In order to have the system working, I am downsizing the time step size too much to achieve ...
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### Difference between Brent's and Alefeld-Potra-Shi for root finding

I need to find the (unique) root of a nonlinear function $f(x)$, $x \in \mathbb{R}$. For the record, $f(x)$ is the CDF of a probability density minus a constant $0 < p < 1$ (I am inverting the ...
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### What is “good” parallel scaling?

I often hear the phrase "good" or "bad" parallel scaling/efficiency. What exactly do people mean when they say that? For example, let $p = 1,\ldots 16$ be the number of processing elements, and A and ...
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### Efficient way to generate a list of possible matrices (all integer components) with a determinant $V$

I have an interesting problem from my research that I have been struggling to solve. One part of the problem involves generating all possible matrices, where each set contains three integer vectors, ...
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### Nvidia K20X vs GeForce Titan for GPGPU acceleration

Im trying to understand the difference between these two graphics cards for academic computing, specifically for the DGEMM component. If we look at the raw statistics, both have the same GK110 chip, ...
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### calculation time in Fluent

I'm making a model of a square box where water comes in and the water level rises. I want it to be a transient, turbulent, VOF-model. The velocity of water entering changes in time ($-0.2$ to $0.2$ m/...
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### Trying to implement a simple/efficient combinations function in MATLAB

So, recently, I have found myself in the position of having to implement a combinations function in MATLAB. What I mean by this is the following: I simply need to list all possible combinations for an ...
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### Efficiency of Repeated Sparse Matrix-Vector Products

I recently read Wolfgang's answer to the question found here and found myself wondering about a related followup question. Assume you have two sparse matrices $A$ and $B$. You need to do the ...
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### Fast and accurate double precision implementation of incomplete gamma function

What is the state of the art way of implementing double precision special functions? I need the following integral:  F_m(t) = \int_0^1 u^{2m} e^{-tu^2} d u = {\gamma(m+{1\over 2}, t)\...
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### How to efficiently structure simulation data in memory for cells with varying degrees of freedom?

For a discontinuous Galerkin-based simulation I need to store cell-based simulation data in memory. Since the order of the polynomial approximation $N_p$ may vary between cells, I wonder what the most ...
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### Costs of lookups versus calculations

I am interested in setting up calculations to check if a distance criterion is satisfied: that is, the distance between a vector ${\bf x}_i$ and anther vector ${\bf x}_j$ should be less than some ...
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### What are the advantages and disadvantages of the particle decomposition and domain decomposition parallelization algorithms?

I am running molecular dynamics (MD) simulations using several software packages, like Gromacs and DL_POLY. Gromacs now supports both the particle decomposition and domain decomposition algorithms. ...
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### What is the computational cost of $\sqrt{x}$ in standard libraries?

One of the major issues that we have to deal with in molecular simulations is the calculation of distance-dependent forces. If we can restrict the force and distance functions to have even powers of ...
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### I/O Strategies for computational problems with large data sets?

My research group focuses on molecular dynamics, which obviously can generate gigabytes of data as part of a single trajectory which must then be analyzed. Several of the problems we're concerned ...
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### Inverse compression for space-time trade off

A bit of a strange question - but I am developing an application where speed is critical, not memory - I have the ability to blow up to 3 TB on the data storage that this application will use and I am ...
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### Modern Computer Efficiency vs Modern Nervous Systems

I am currently working on an evolutionary system and most of what I have heard is that a computer like mine at the moment would be able to simulate a bee sized brain (not taking into account the time ...