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Evaluation of an FPGA Implementation of the Discrete Element Method

  • Benjamin Carrion Schafer
  • Steven F. Quigley
  • Andrew H. C. Chan
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2147)

Abstract

The Distinct Element Method (DEM) is a numerical method for the simulation of the behaviour of media consisting of discrete particles, and is widely used for process optimisation in the food and pharmaceutical industries. The DEM is very computationally expensive, but has properties that make it amenable to acceleration by reconfigurable computing. This paper presents the design of an implementation of the DEM in FPGA hardware. Its performance is about 5 times faster than that of a software implementation running on a 1 GHz Athlon processor. The paper discusses how improvements to the design, notably greater use of parallelism, can give a much greater speed advantage.

Keywords

Clock Cycle Discrete Element Method Hardware Requirement FPGA Implementation Discrete Element Method 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Benjamin Carrion Schafer
    • 1
  • Steven F. Quigley
    • 1
  • Andrew H. C. Chan
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Electronic and Electrical EngineeringUniversity of BirminghamEdgbaston, BirminghamUK
  2. 2.School of Civil EngineeringUniversity of BirminghamEdgbaston, BirminghamUK

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