20 Jul 2015 Amsterdam - At the Fortissimo Forum, held on 8 July, 2015 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands,Primeur Magazinetalked with Guy Lonsdale, CEO of Scapos, who presented the introduction to the Fortissimo project. Scapos is reponsible for the operational management of the project, in addition to the coordination of the Open Calls which brought in lots of new experiments to the project. Fortissimo is about the promotion of HPC and Cloud-based access to HPC simulation for manufacturing SMEs. It is part of an initiative called ICT Innovation for manufacturing SMEs (I4MS), which is funded under the Framework of the Factories of the Future Programme.
At the Forum the partners discussed the impact of HPC simulation for business for SMEs. The partners were able to present some success stories from the first wave of experiments. In total, the Fortissimo project is going to have over 50 experiments with 123 partners in the projects.
The first wave of experiments were completed in January. What the partners presented was not the how and why but what it was good for. For example, Pipistrel, a Slovenian SME, was able to deal with peak requirements for very high-level detailed simulations by using external resources. This means that they could reduce their design cycle, to reduce the time to create a better product.
Another computational fluid dynamics example is not from the aircraft manufacturing industry but it is steal casting. Here, the partners were able to do automatic detection of slacks, a build-up of waste material. They showed that using HPC simulation could lead for a typical manufacturing plant to the reduction of 6000 tons of slack build-up that would need to be remelded. This corresponds to about 60.000 to 70.000 euro per year for such a company.
The Fortissimo partners have a range of applications from fluid dynamics to structural mechanics but also one application is in the environmental building industry where the ISV is able to use external services to provide on-demand possibilities for its customers to simulate much larger and much more complex models in significantly reduced times, so, instead of weeks or months going to only hours or days at a reasonable cost for that industry.
The Fortissimo project is based around performance of business experiments for a large range of applications and creating a marketplace for the future possibilities of SMEs to use simulations. The first version of that marketplace is going to go public in Summer 2015. People are able to access it for information and to find out about possible competences and offerings from various partners in the project.
Looking ahead beyond Fortissimo, Guy Lonsdale expects to be able to have the Fortissimo II project starting later this year and one can expect Open Calls for new experiments to be coming out in the first quarter of 2016 with deadlines in the mid of 2016. This will go beyond the type of applications in Fortissimo. The partners will be looking for multi-physics, multi-scale simulations but also including aspects of Big Data analytics.
The Fortissimo project has shown that using HPC simulation can have a significant impact on the business of SMEs and the manufacturing industries. The partners hope to continue that beyond the project with a sustainable marketplace that allows a wide range of future SMEs to also gain those business benefits.