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Title: Summary of Documentation for DYNA3D-ParaDyn's Software Quality Assurance Regression Test Problems

Abstract

The Software Quality Assurance (SQA) regression test suite for DYNA3D (Zywicz and Lin, 2015) and ParaDyn (DeGroot, et al., 2015) currently contains approximately 600 problems divided into 21 suites, and is a required component of ParaDyn’s SQA plan (Ferencz and Oliver, 2013). The regression suite allows developers to ensure that software modifications do not unintentionally alter the code response. The entire regression suite is run prior to permanently incorporating any software modification or addition. When code modifications alter test problem results, the specific cause must be determined and fully understood before the software changes and revised test answers can be incorporated. The regression suite is executed on LLNL platforms using a Python script and an associated data file. The user specifies the DYNA3D or ParaDyn executable, number of processors to use, test problems to run, and other options to the script. The data file details how each problem and its answer extraction scripts are executed. For each problem in the regression suite there exists an input deck, an eight-processor partition file, an answer file, and various extraction scripts. These scripts assemble a temporary answer file in a specific format from the simulation results. The temporary and stored answer files aremore » compared to a specific level of numerical precision, and when differences are detected the test problem is flagged as failed. Presently, numerical results are stored and compared to 16 digits. At this accuracy level different processor types, compilers, number of partitions, etc. impact the results to various degrees. Thus, for consistency purposes the regression suite is run with ParaDyn using 8 processors on machines with a specific processor type (currently the Intel Xeon E5530 processor). For non-parallel regression problems, i.e., the two XFEM problems, DYNA3D is used instead. When environments or platforms change, executables using the current source code and the new resource are created and the regression suite is run. If differences in answers arise, the new answers are retained provided that the differences are inconsequential. This bootstrap approach allows the test suite answers to evolve in a controlled manner with a high level of confidence. Developers also run the entire regression suite with (serial) DYNA3D. While these results normally differ from the stored (parallel) answers, abnormal termination or wildly different values are strong indicators of potential issues.« less

Authors:
 [1]
  1. Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1335773
Report Number(s):
LLNL-TR-702740
DOE Contract Number:  
AC52-07NA27344
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
97 MATHEMATICS, COMPUTING, AND INFORMATION SCIENCE; 42 ENGINEERING

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Zywicz, Edward. Summary of Documentation for DYNA3D-ParaDyn's Software Quality Assurance Regression Test Problems. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.2172/1335773.
Zywicz, Edward. Summary of Documentation for DYNA3D-ParaDyn's Software Quality Assurance Regression Test Problems. United States. doi:10.2172/1335773.
Zywicz, Edward. Thu . "Summary of Documentation for DYNA3D-ParaDyn's Software Quality Assurance Regression Test Problems". United States. doi:10.2172/1335773. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1335773.
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title = {Summary of Documentation for DYNA3D-ParaDyn's Software Quality Assurance Regression Test Problems},
author = {Zywicz, Edward},
abstractNote = {The Software Quality Assurance (SQA) regression test suite for DYNA3D (Zywicz and Lin, 2015) and ParaDyn (DeGroot, et al., 2015) currently contains approximately 600 problems divided into 21 suites, and is a required component of ParaDyn’s SQA plan (Ferencz and Oliver, 2013). The regression suite allows developers to ensure that software modifications do not unintentionally alter the code response. The entire regression suite is run prior to permanently incorporating any software modification or addition. When code modifications alter test problem results, the specific cause must be determined and fully understood before the software changes and revised test answers can be incorporated. The regression suite is executed on LLNL platforms using a Python script and an associated data file. The user specifies the DYNA3D or ParaDyn executable, number of processors to use, test problems to run, and other options to the script. The data file details how each problem and its answer extraction scripts are executed. For each problem in the regression suite there exists an input deck, an eight-processor partition file, an answer file, and various extraction scripts. These scripts assemble a temporary answer file in a specific format from the simulation results. The temporary and stored answer files are compared to a specific level of numerical precision, and when differences are detected the test problem is flagged as failed. Presently, numerical results are stored and compared to 16 digits. At this accuracy level different processor types, compilers, number of partitions, etc. impact the results to various degrees. Thus, for consistency purposes the regression suite is run with ParaDyn using 8 processors on machines with a specific processor type (currently the Intel Xeon E5530 processor). For non-parallel regression problems, i.e., the two XFEM problems, DYNA3D is used instead. When environments or platforms change, executables using the current source code and the new resource are created and the regression suite is run. If differences in answers arise, the new answers are retained provided that the differences are inconsequential. This bootstrap approach allows the test suite answers to evolve in a controlled manner with a high level of confidence. Developers also run the entire regression suite with (serial) DYNA3D. While these results normally differ from the stored (parallel) answers, abnormal termination or wildly different values are strong indicators of potential issues.},
doi = {10.2172/1335773},
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place = {United States},
year = {Thu Aug 18 00:00:00 EDT 2016},
month = {Thu Aug 18 00:00:00 EDT 2016}
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