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Abstract
Numerical climate and weatherprediction models require the fast solution of the equations of fluid dynamics. Discontinuous Galerkin (DG) discretisations have several advantageous properties. They can be used for arbitrary domains and support a structured data layout, which is particularly important on modern chip architectures. For smooth solutions, higher order approximations can be particularly efficient since errors decrease exponentially in the polynomial degree. Due to the wide separation of timescales in atmospheric dynamics, semiimplicit time integrators are highly efficient, since the implicit treatment of fast waves avoids tight constraints on the time step size, and can therefore improve overall efficiency. However, if implicitexplicit (IMEX) integrators are used, a large linear system of equations has to be solved in every time step. A particular problem for DG discretisations of velocitypressure systems is that the normal Schurcomplement reduction to an elliptic system for the pressure is not possible since the numerical fluxes introduce artificial diffusion terms. For the shallow water equations, which form an important model system, hybridised DG methods have been shown to overcome this issue. However, no attention has been paid to the efficient solution of the resulting linear system of equations. In this paper we address this issue and show that the elliptic system for the flux unknowns can be solved efficiently by using a nonnested multigrid algorithm. The method is implemented in the Firedrake library and we demonstrate the excellent performance of the algorithm both for an idealised stationary flow problem in a flat domain and for nonstationary setups in spherical geometry from the wellknown testsuite in [Williamson et al. (1992) JCP, 102(1), pp.211224]. In the latter case the performance of our bespoke multigrid preconditioner (although itself not highly optimised) is comparable to that of a highly optimised direct solver.
Original language  English 

Article number  109948 
Number of pages  42 
Journal  Journal of Computational Physics 
Volume  426 
Early online date  26 Oct 2020 
DOIs  
Publication status  Published  1 Feb 2021 
Keywords
 multigrid
 elliptic PDE
 Hybridized Discontinuous Galerkin
 preconditioners
 atmospheric modelling
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Phase 2 Scalability of Elliptic Solvers in Weather and Climate Modelling
Scheichl, R.
Natural Environment Research Council
24/06/13 → 30/06/16
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Balena High Performance Computing (HPC) System
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