Bruce Fryxell

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We present a case study of validating an astrophysical simulation code. Our study focuses on validating FLASH, a parallel, adaptive-mesh hydrodynamics code for studying the compressible, reactive flows found in many astrophysical environments. We describe the astrophysics problems of interest and the challenges associated with simulating these problems. We(More)
Critically understanding the 'standard candle'-like behavior of Type Ia supernovae requires understanding their explosion mechanism. One family of models for Type Ia Supernovae begins with a deflagration in a Carbon-Oxygen white dwarf which greatly accelerates through wrinkling and flame instabilities. While the planar speed and behavior of(More)
The Beowulf parallel workstation combines 16 PC-compatible processing subsystems and disk drives using dual Ethernet networks to provide a single-user environment with 1 Gops peak performance, half a Gbyte of disk storage, and up to 8 times the disk I/O bandwidth of conventional workstations. The Be-owulf architecture establishes a new operating point in(More)
We present simulations and performance results of nuclear burning fronts in supernovae on the largest domain and at the finest spatial resolution studied to date. These simulations were performed on the Intel ASCI-Red machine at Sandia National Laboratories using FLASH, a code developed at the Center for Astrophysical Thermonuclear Flashes at the University(More)
The turbulent Rayleigh–Taylor instability is investigated in the limit of strong mode-coupling using a variety of high-resolution, multimode, three dimensional numerical simulations ͑NS͒. The perturbations are initialized with only short wavelength modes so that the self-similar evolution ͑i.e., bubble diameter D b ϰamplitude h b) occurs solely by the(More)
Many classical nova ejecta are enriched in CNO and Ne. Rosner et al. recently suggested that the enrichment might originate in the resonant interaction between large-scale shear flows in the accreted H/He envelope and gravity waves at the interface between the envelope and the underlying C/O white dwarf. The shear flow amplifies the waves, which eventually(More)
Recent Chandra and XMM-Newton observations of galaxy cluster cooling flows have revealed X-ray emission voids of up to 30 kpc in size that have been identified with buoyant, magnetized bubbles. Motivated by these observations, we have investigated the behavior of rising bubbles in stratified atmospheres using the Flash adaptive-mesh simulation code. We(More)
The Convex SPP-1000 is the first commercial implementation of a new generation of scalable shared memory parallel computers with full cache coherence. It employs a hierarchical structure of processing communication and memory name-space management resources to provide a scalable NUMA environment. Ensembles of 8 HP PA-RISC 7100 microprocessors employ an(More)