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ERC Starting Grant Project EXTREME

CDS members associated with the project: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gregor Gassner

The dynamics of fluids and plasma is described by non-linear conservation laws. Transient behavior on multiple scales involving turbulence and shocks is intrinsic to these problems. Due to their low dispersion and dissipation errors, adaptive high order numerical methods currently receive growing attention in academia and industry and form an emerging key technology. The potential benefits are massively improved computational efficiency and drastic reduction in memory consumption. Both benefits can be easily justified theoretically, in particular for a space-time adaptive high order method. However, due to high algorithmic complexity, the theoretical performance is difficult to sustain on massively parallel supercomputers. A major challenge is the design of novel, exascale aware, space-time adaptive algorithms and their implementation in an open source solver that will scale on over 10^6 computing cores. Another indispensable property for the successful industrialisation of space-time adaptive high order methods is robustness. Robustness, i.e. an "un-crashable" solver, which still retains all the positive benefits of the high order scheme is the "holy grail" of the current research on these methods. This requires new mathematical concepts. The second major challenge is the construction of a provable un-crashable, space-time adaptive, high order solver without excessive artificial dissipation. Our mathematical key to achieve robustness is not intuitive at first sight: skew-symmetry. We will show that a specific skew-symmetric formulation guided by careful mathematics will allow us to design methods that are consistent with the second law of thermodynamics. This physical consistency is important as it will enable us to construct a new class of un-crashable space-time adaptive high order methods.