Computational Science Technical Note CSTN-241


Simulating Growth Kinetics in a data-parallel 3D Lattice Photobioreactor

A. V. Husselmann and K. A. Hawick

Archived: 2013


Though there have been many attempts to address growth kinetics in algal photobioreactors, surprisingly little have attempted an agent-based modelling (ABM) approach. ABM has been heralded as a method of practical scientific inquiry into systems of a complex nature; and has been applied liberally in a range of disciplines including ecology, physics, social science and microbiology with special emphasis on pathogenic bacterial growth. We bring together agent-based simulation with the Photosynthetic Factory (PSF) model, as well as certain key bioreactor characteristics in a visual 3D, parallel computing fashion. While small-scale, the simulation gives excellent visual cues on the dynamics of such a reactor, and we further investigate the model in a variety of ways. Our parallel implementation on Graphical Processing Units of the simulation provides key advantages, which we also briefly discuss. We also provide some performance data, along with particular effort in visualisation, using volumetric and isosurface rendering.

Keywords: Algae; GPU; lattice; photobioreactor; agent-based; visualisation

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	author = {A. V. Husselmann and K. A. Hawick},
	title = {Simulating Growth Kinetics in a Data-Parallel {3D} Lattice Photobioreactor},
	journal = {Modelling and Simulation in Engineering},
	year = {2013},
	doi = {doi:10.1155/2013/153241},
	owner = {dpplayne},
	publisher = {Hindawi Publishing Corporation},
	timestamp = {2014.01.17}

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