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A Custom Computing Machine Solution for Simulation of Discretized Domain Physical Systems

by

Kevin J. Paar

Thesis submitted to the Faculty of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of

Master of Science

Approved

Peter M. Athanas, Chair
Michael A. Keenan
Charles E. Nunnally

June 5, 1996
Blacksburg, Virginia


Abstract

This thesis describes the implementation of a two-dimensional heat transfer simulation system using a Splash-2 Custom Computing Machine (CCM). This application was implemented as a proof of concept for utilizing CCMs in the simulation of physical systems. This paper discusses physical systems simulation and the need for discretizing the domain of such systems, along with the techniques used for mathematical simulation. Also discussed is the nature of CCMs, and why they are well suited to this application. A detailed description of the approach and implementation is included to full document the design, along with an analysis of the performance of the resulting system.

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