Studying the geography of a software

Have you ever tried walking in a city you’re completely new to, without having any idea where you are or how it’s organized? Would it have been easier and taken less time and effort if you had a map in the first place? Then you could have memorized the general scheme of the city, how different parts of the town are linked with each other, and you could have focused on the parts of interest to you. The idea in software geography is the same: being a new developer to a software, you could either spend months reading it linearly before figuring out how certain blocks are linked together, and finally start building a mental map of it over years – or you could start with a map.

EXCELLERAT begins its second funding phase

After a short break, EXCELLERAT P2 has begun in January 2023, along with nine other European Centres of Excellence that will develop and adapt HPC applications for the exascale and post-exascale era.

EXCELLERAT successfully closes its first chapter

The first funding phase of EXCELLERAT has come to an end on 31st May 2022. Over the past three and a half years, the Centre’s consortium consisting of 13 European partners provided expertise on how data management, data analytics, visualisation, simulation-driven design and co-design could benefit engineering, in particular in the aerospace, automotive, energy and manufacturing sectors. Overall, EXCELLERAT’s work strongly focused on improving computational efficiency, dynamic mesh adaptation, load balancing, scalable data handling, usability (visualisation and workflow tools), as well as investigating novel architectures and opportunities for co-design and developing more efficient numerical methods.

EXCELLERAT Conference: Impressions, Takeaways, and How to Watch

Nearing the end of its 3.5 year run, EXCELLERAT hosted a two-day online conference last week to present the industrial and broader European perspective on the project’s first run. Called “EXCELLERAT: Enabling Exascale potentials for engineering applications,” it showcased the impact, innovations, and tools that resulted from the work of the European Centre of Excellence for Engineering Applications.

Key points and take-outs from the FORTRAN webinar organised by EXCELLERAT

The EXCELLERAT Centre of Excellence held a Webinar with Wadud Miah on the topic “Fortran for High Performance Computing” on the 4th of May 2021. Following this event, CERFACS created a COOP blog article with the objective to further share the answers to the questions discussed during the webinar with the HPC ecosystem.

EXCELLERAT’s Fourth All-Hands Meeting

From 30 November to 1 December 2021, our project meeting was once again hosted as a digital event due to the continuing pandemic situation. About 30 partner representatives per day presented the EXCELLERAT project tasks’ good progress, some minor 2021 challenges, and the requirements for the project’s extension and great final results.

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.

Preparing Cloud Physics for Exascale

Cloud model (MONC) is an atmospheric model used throughout the weather and climate community to study clouds and turbulent flows. It’s often coupled with the CASIM microphysics model, which investigates interactions at the millimetre scale. These often model fog, which is very difficult due to the high resolution required – 1 metre instead of 1 kilometre.

New analysis methods facilitate the evaluation of complex engineering data

A further increase in the performance of supercomputers is expected over the next few years. So-called exascale computers will be able to deliver more precise simulations. This leads to considerably more data. Fraunhofer SCAI develops efficient data analysis methods for this purpose, which provide the engineer with detailed insights into the complex technical contexts.

EXCELLERAT to Bring HPC Applications to Engineering Industry

High-performance computing (HPC) specialists are looking forward to the technological improvements that should arrive as supercomputers approach the exascale. New approaches in hardware design and application development will expand the power of supercomputing, making it possible to solve new kinds of complex problems. These advances will, in turn, likely benefit industrial engineering research and development.