SPOOCEFEM: The Simplified Parallel Object-Oriented Computing Environment for the Finite Element Method With Application: Liquid Composite Molding

Report No. ARL-TR-3115
Authors: Brian J. Henz and Dale R. Shires
Date/Pages: December 2003; 30 pages
Abstract: The use of object-oriented programming techniques in development of parallel, finite element analysis software enhances software reused and makes application development more efficient. In this report, an object-oriented programming framework for developing parallel finite element software is described. All required steps, from date file parsing and equation solving to post processing and graphical user interfaces, are discussed. After development of the framework, a sample parallel finite element code, namely COMPOSE, is extracted from its original functional programming paradigm and implemented in the new object-oriented programming framework. Besides ease of development, the use of generic visualization and interface tools for software using the framework speeds delivery of research codes to end users.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: December 1, 2003