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Hydrology and Vegetation Components

The parallel versions of the hydrology and vegetation components are very similar to those of the sequential model. Since each processor owns a portion of the map, and map data in any grid cell are independent of any other, no interprocessor communication is involved. For hydrology updates, the same interpolation method to redistribute water levels from the 2mi scale to the 100m scale is used (as explained in Section 2.3). However, each processor computes water levels for its map portion only. Similarly, each processor is responsible for updating forage growth in both the high and medium quality classes of forage in only the locally owned grid cells. Thus, each of the 32 processors updates hydrology and vegetation values in approximately of the study area. Excellent speed improvements for both components were achieved through parallelization and are presented in Section 4.

Michael W. Berry (
Wed Oct 11 14:53:18 EDT 1995