4 years ago

Efficient Neighbor-Finding on Space-Filling Curves.

David Holzmüller

Space-filling curves (SFC, also known as FASS-curves) are a useful tool in scientific computing and other areas of computer science to sequentialize multidimensional grids in a cache-efficient and parallelization-friendly way for storage in an array. Many algorithms, for example grid-based numerical PDE solvers, have to access all neighbor cells of each grid cell during a grid traversal. While the array indices of neighbors can be stored in a cell, they still have to be computed for initialization or when the grid is adaptively refined. A fast neighbor-finding algorithm can thus significantly improve the runtime of computations on multidimensional grids.

In this thesis, we show how neighbors on many regular grids ordered by space-filling curves can be found in an average-case time complexity of $O(1)$. In general, this assumes that the local orientation (i.e. a variable of a describing grammar) of the SFC inside the grid cell is known in advance, which can be efficiently realized during traversals. Supported SFCs include Hilbert, Peano and Sierpinski curves in arbitrary dimensions. We assume that integer arithmetic operations can be performed in $O(1)$, i.e. independent of the size of the integer. We do not deal with the case of adaptively refined grids here. However, it appears that a generalization of the algorithm to suitable adaptive grids is possible. To formulate the neighbor-finding algorithm and prove its correctness and runtime properties, a modeling framework is introduced. This framework extends the idea of vertex-labeling to a description using grammars and matrices. With the sfcpp library, we provide a C++ implementation to render SFCs generated by such models and automatically compute all lookup tables needed for the neighbor-finding algorithm. Furthermore, optimized neighbor-finding implementations for various SFCs are included for which we provide runtime measurements.

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1710.06384

DOI: arXiv:1710.06384v2

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