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ENHANCE-5_Gurvan — RK-3 time stepping


Action ENHANCE-5_Gurvan — RK-3 time stepping
PI(S) Gurvan Madec


Introduce an optional RK3 time-stepping scheme. The scheme will:

  1. be a valuable alternative to the current Modified Leap-Frog (MLF, Leclair and Madec OM2009) scheme,
  2. prepare the futur introduction of a compensated time-space scheme,
  3. allow AGRIF to be exactly conservative, and
  4. make much more easier to use time coarsening of TRC and OFF-line variable volume calculation
  5. make feasible to properly implement an implicit computation of top and bottom friction (properly means consistent with the ssh time splitting scheme)

As such a change will impact many module of OPA, it has been preferred to develop the RK3 version in a separate directory, RK3_SRC, put at the same level as OPA_SRC and being a copy of OPA_SRC as starting point.

In addition to the RK3 scheme, a Forward-Bacward Scheme (FBS) will be introduced. The goals associated with FBS are the following:

(i) FB scheme is also a two levels time-stepping scheme but much simpler than a RK3. Its implementation will prepare all the required environment for the RK3 scheme, while been much easier to develop and test.

(ii) FB scheme may be a valuable alternative for low resolution simulations (in particular ORCA 2° and 1°) which do not necessarily need a high order time-stepping scheme, although FB scheme requires to used UBS scheme on advection of both dynamics and tracers.

In practice the work is to :
• start from the trunk, updated with HPC09 branch (i.e. ZDF modifications)
• create RK3_SRC directory a a copy of OPA_SRC
• implement the FB scheme in a stp_fbs routine (found either in step.F90 or in stpfbs.F90),
   implying changes in most of SBC, TRA, DYN and ZDF modules
• implement the RK3 scheme in a stp_rk3 routine (found either in step.F90 or stprk3.F90)

Dependencies no
Target 2017 merge party
Trac Ticket #1911
SVN branch dev_r7881_ENHANCE09_RK3
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