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Feasibility of a Special-Purpose Computer To Solve the Navier-Stokes Equations

Published 1977

by Eugene C. Gritton, William S. King, I. E. Sutherland, R. Stockton Gaines, Carl Gazley, C. E. Grosch, M. L. Juncosa, H. E. Petersen

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This report summarizes the results of a two-day workshop at The RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, March 9-10, 1977, where participants discussed the feasibility of developing a special-purpose computer to solve the Navier-Stokes equations. The conclusions from a preliminary RAND study and the workshop consensus are discussed and they suggest that a special-purpose, parallel-processor machine capable of important fluid dynamics simulations might be technically and economically feasible in the early 1980 time period. The report presents a conceptual design for such a computer, an analysis of how it can be used to solve the Navier-Stokes equations, and performance estimates.

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