Gauging High Performance Computing needs for industrial applications: a worked example
High performance Computing (HPC) has uses in a wide variety of fields, ranging from fundamental research to industrial design, as measured e.g. by the Technology Readiness Level. It involves actors in both scientific and the engineering communities. This document focuses on the latter, i.e. uses of HPC in industrial applications.
EXCELLERAT goes digital: 36th INTERNATIONAL CAE CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION
In partnership with FocusCoE and MaX, EXCELLERAT took part in the CAE2020 International Conference and Exhibition digital event. In their shared virtual booth “HPC-COES: MAX & EXCELLERAT,” visitors could read the prepared flyers, videos, websites, and EXCELLERAT’s social media channels. Visitors could also video/chat, share their contact details, or request a meeting.
EXCELLERAT’s Second Virtual All-Hands Meeting
Our second virtual project meeting took place from 9 to 11 December 2020. Representatives from all partners, a total of over 30 participants on each of the three days, presented the EXCELLERAT project tasks’ progress and challenges they faced throughout this year, and the need for a continuous evolution and mastering this final project year.
High-performance computing challenge: How can engineers effectively leverage HPC technology?
When developing or improving products, engineers face the challenge of analysing complex simulations to test their designs. High-performance computing (HPC) is used to solve major problems in engineering by performing demanding operations such as simulations relatively quickly. Also, by processing more precise operations, HPC can avoid the errors that might be introduced by humans.
EXCELLERAT collaborates with the HiDALGO Centre of Excellence
HiDALGO – HPC and Big Data Technologies for Global Systems – and EXCELLERAT are successfully collaborating on tasks like improving HiDALGO’s Urban Air Pollution Pilot. After developing the pilot, HiDALGO sought support from EXCELLERAT during its application improvement phase. Together they pushed forward the pilot case in months improving mesh quality, speed-up, and parallel efficiency.
Nek5000 in EXCELLERAT: towards Exascale
One of EXCELLERAT’s tasks is improving Nek5000’s Exascale readiness, particularly for accelerators. We used an OpenACC version of the proxy-app Nekbone and focused on further optimising the small matrix-matrix kernels which constitutes most of the work in the full Nek5000. Tuning the TOpenACC directives improved performance of these kernels by almost a factor of two.
New EXCELLERAT Service Portal is launched
We are pleased to announce EXCELLERAT’s redesigned Service Portal launch. It presents a wide variety of resources in an easily-accessible format and will play an essential role in EXCELLERAT’s mission to create a Centre of Excellence in Engineering. The user-centric Portal offers separate dashboards tailored towards engineers, software developers, and the general engineering community.
Dynamic Load balancing for Airplane simulations on Heterogeneous pre-Exascale architectures
We can affirm with certainty that future Exascale systems will be heterogeneous, including accelerators such as GPUs. We can also expect higher variability on the performance of the various computing devices engaged in a simulation. In this context, dynamic load balancing (DLB) becomes a must for the parallel efficiency of any simulation code.
EPCC develops new modelling techniques for the chemical and oil and gas industry
Global equipment manufacturers in the chemical and oil and gas industry often rely on commercial Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software tools for the design of their equipment. These commercial codes are currently unable to handle complex twophase flows. The formation of interfacial waves, their frequency and amplitude are particularly difficult to model in industrial environments.
First virtual EXCELLERAT All Hands Meeting (May 2020)
Due to the corona virus travel restrictions, we have successfully organised our first EXCELLERAT virtual All Hands Meeting with more than 40 participants. Instead of hosting it in Stockholm from 5th until 7th May, this was our team’s largest online conference. We discussed the current status of all work packages and use cases.