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How Manufacturing will Leap Forward with Exascale Computing

In this special guest feature, Jeremy Thomas from Lawrence Livermore National Lab writes that exascale computing will be a vital boost to the U.S. manufacturing industry. “This is much bigger than any one company or any one industry. If you consider any industry, exascale is truly going to have a sizeable impact, and if a country like ours is going to be a leader in industrial design, engineering and manufacturing, we need exascale to keep the innovation edge.”

Parallel Applications Speed Up Manufacturing Product Development

The product design process has undergone a significant transformation with the availability of supercomputing power at traditional workstation prices. With over 100 threads available to an application in compact 2 socket servers, scalability of applications that are used as part of the product design and development process are just a keyboard away for a wide range of engineers.

Jonathan Poggie from Purdue Wins DoD Computing Award

Associate Professor Jonathan Poggie and his team from Purdue have received a large research grant from the U.S. Department of Defense for supercomputing resources. The award enables science and technology research that would not be possible without extraordinary computer resources. “Poggie is the principal investigator for a new U.S. Department of Defense high-performance computing modernization program beginning in October, entitled “Prediction of Hypersonic Laminar-Turbulent Transition through Direct Numerical Simulation.” The project is focused on making conventional hypersonic wind tunnels more useful for vehicle design by helping designers work through the noise and turbulence present in the tunnels and allowing them to more accurately interpret the results of the wind tunnel tests.”

Supercomputing Jet Noise for a Quieter World

Researchers at the University of Minnesota are using Argonne supercomputers to to look for new ways to reduce the noise produced by jet engines. Among the loudest sources of human-made noise that exist, jet engines can produce sound in excess of 130 decibels. “The University of Minnesota team developed a new method based on input-output analysis that can predict both the downstream noise and the sideline noise. While it was thought that the sideline noise was random, the input-output modes show coherent structure in the jet that is connected to the sideline noise, such that it can be predicted and controlled.”

How Extreme Energy Jets Escape a Black Hole

Researchers are using XSEDE supercomputers to better understand the forces at work at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. The work could reveal how instabilities develop in extreme energy releases from black holes. “While nothing – not even light – can escape a black hole’s interior, the jets somehow manage to draw their energy from the black hole.”

HPC Speeds NASCAR at OSC

In this video, Ray Leto from Total Sim LLC describes how his firm uses supercomputing resources at OSC to speed NASCAR simulations. “Designers and engineers utilizing common CAD or CAE software on desktop computers often encounter limitations in the modeling and simulation (M&S) they can efficiently perform. High Performance Computing provides an improvement in computational capacity compared to typical general-purpose computers. The increased power and speed that HPC provides allows more detailed models to be simulated faster.”

Exaflow: Collaborating on the Computational Challenges of CFD

“Fluid Dynamics (FD) simulations provide a powerful tool for the analysis of such fluid flows and are an essential element of many industrial and academic problems. The complexities and nature of fluid flows, often combined with problems set in open domains, implies that the resources needed to computationally model problems of industrial and academic relevance is virtually unbounded.”

Podcast: Why HPC is Vital at NASA

“At NASA, what we’re doing is we’re really looking at ways of making aircraft more efficient. We’re trying to make them quieter. We’re trying to make them get to cruise altitude faster, which saves the taxpayer or the people who are using airplanes a lot of money, and we look at really complex problems. We look at things like rotorcraft. If you think about how that model looks, it’s a very complex model. What do we do with supercomputing? Pretty much everything across the board.”

Video: Optimizing HPC Service Delivery at Boeing

Jim Glidewell from Boeing presented this talk at the PBS Works User Group. “There are multiple elements to providing an effective and efficient HPC service. This presentation will share some of our strategies for extracting maximal value from our HPC hardware and providing a service that meets the needs of our engineering customers.”

The Past and Future of Aircraft Engine Development

“Inside a jet engine, air flowing faster than a hurricane is combined with fuel to generate heat that powers the plane. Designers are turning to supercomputers to model these complex processes to make new engines that are cleaner, quieter and cheaper. Our first aircraft engine transformed the aviation industry. It was the 410-horsepower, air­cooled Wasp, which delivered unprecedented performance and reliability for the time. We have been leading change ever since.”