Recently, heat and mass transfer simulation is more and more important in various engineering fields. In order to analyse how heat and mass transfer in a thermal environment, heat and mass transfer simulation is needed. However, it is too much time-consuming to obtain numerical solutions to heat and mass transfer equations. Therefore, in this paper, one of acceleration techniques developed in the graphics community that exploits a graphics processing unit (GPU) is applied to the numerical solutions of heat and mass transfer equations. The nVidia Compute Unified Device Architecture (CUDA) programming model provides a straightforward means of describing inherently parallel computations. This paper improves the performance of solving heat and mass transfer equations over solid and hollow capillary porous cylinder with the second kind of boundary conditions numerically running on GPU. Heat and mass transfer simulation using the novel CUDA platform on nVidia Quadro FX 4800 is implemented. Our experimental results clearly show that GPU can accurately perform heat and mass transfer simulation. GPU can significantly accelerate the performance with the maximum observed speedups 10 times. Therefore, the GPU is a good approach to accelerate the heat and mass transfer simulation.
Mathematics Subject Classification: 68U20; 65Y05
Keywords: Numerical Solution; Heat and Mass Transfer; General Purpose Graphics Processing Unit; CUDA