An analysis and comparison taking into account the performance of a whole-application are presented. It should be noted that for high precision simulations it is essential to model the simulation domain as exactly as possible. The accuracy and efficiency of a finite element or a finite volume simulation strongly depends on the quality of the tessellation of the domain. Figure 9.11 presents the structure under investigation with a coarse mesh for the following performance analysis. In order to obtain sufficiently accurate results, the mesh size typically has to be in the order of to some nodes.
Based on these observations of restrictions due to limited resources,
the influence of a problem's size on the overall performance is also
illustrated. The given test structure with different levels of mesh
refinement is used for analysis. By resolving a three-dimensional
simulation domain, the large number of points easily leads to severe
problems caused by memory bandwidth restrictions (Figure