A guide to the main reference literature for each component and feature of preCICE

Wherever the information in this documentation is not enough (in this case, let us know), you may find a wide spectrum of additional information in publications. This page will guide you through it.

Starting points

  • The main reference article for preCICE is preCICE - A Fully Parallel Library for Multi-Physics Surface Coupling. This may not be the best introduction for new users because of its condensed form. A very good first reading is the dissertations of the core preCICE developers.

  • Bernhard Gatzhammer introduced preCICE in his dissertation Efficient and Flexible Partitioned Simulation of Fluid-Structure Interactions (2014). Chapters 1-4 give a detailed introduction of most of the preCICE features and are still valid to a large extend. Start here for an explanation of the different coupling schemes, of the different communication methods, or of the data mapping techniques. Note that the “geometry interface” and “server mode” features have been removed.

  • Benjamin Uekermann introduced inter- and intra-solver parallelization in his dissertation Partitioned Fluid-Structure Interaction on Massively Parallel Systems (2016). Chapter 2 gives a compact introduction to preCICE. Furthermore, read here especially for the parallel coupling schemes, which allow a simultaneous execution of multiple solvers (Chapter 3) and the realization of all main features on distributed data (Chapter 4).

The list of completed dissertations also includes:

and the story continues by the current team.

preCICE features

  • Coupling schemes For an introduction to explicit and implicit coupling, as well as the various acceleration / post-processing techniques, have a look at the dissertations of Bernhard Gatzhammer (Sections 2.3 and 4.1) and Benjamin Uekermann (Chapter 3).

  • Data mapping For an introduction to the various techniques, have a look at the dissertations of Bernhard Gatzhammer (Sections 2.4 and 4.2) and Benjamin Uekermann (Section 4.3). For a more condensed overview of RBF mapping, see Radial Basis Function Interpolation for Black-Box Multi-Physics Simulations

  • Communication For an introduction to the various techniques, have a look at the dissertation of Bernhard Gatzhammer (Section 4.3). Have a look also at the master’s thesis of Alexander Shukaev: “A Fully Parallel Process-to-Process Intercommunication Technique for preCICE”.

  • Time interpolation This feature is currently under active development. Have a look at the publications, talks, and posters of Benjamin Rodenberg.

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