Articles | Volume 8, issue 2
Geosci. Model Dev., 8, 205–220, 2015
Geosci. Model Dev., 8, 205–220, 2015

Model description paper 09 Feb 2015

Model description paper | 09 Feb 2015

Pangolin v1.0, a conservative 2-D advection model towards large-scale parallel calculation

A. Praga1, D. Cariolle2,1, and L. Giraud3 A. Praga et al.
  • 1Centre Européen de Recherche et de Formation Avancée en Calcul Scientifique/Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, URA 1875, Sciences de l'Univers au CERFACS, Toulouse, France
  • 2Météo France, Toulouse, France
  • 3Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique, Talence, France

Abstract. To exploit the possibilities of parallel computers, we designed a large-scale bidimensional atmospheric advection model named Pangolin. As the basis for a future chemistry-transport model, a finite-volume approach for advection was chosen to ensure mass preservation and to ease parallelization. To overcome the pole restriction on time steps for a regular latitude–longitude grid, Pangolin uses a quasi-area-preserving reduced latitude–longitude grid. The features of the regular grid are exploited to reduce the memory footprint and enable effective parallel performances. In addition, a custom domain decomposition algorithm is presented. To assess the validity of the advection scheme, its results are compared with state-of-the-art models on algebraic test cases. Finally, parallel performances are shown in terms of strong scaling and confirm the efficient scalability up to a few hundred cores.