SHAPE is a pan-European programme that promotes High Performance Computing adoption by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), supported as part of the PRACE initiative. So far, SHAPE has helped 41 companies to benefit from using HPC in their business.
These are the three SMEs that will start working with PRACE:
1. Briggs Automotive Company Ltd., UK - "Applying parallel CFD to single-seat supercar design"
This SME designs and manufactures the world's only road-legal, single-seat supercar, the Mono. The aim of the project is to use an open source Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) code OpenFOAM to compute high-resolution aerodynamic flow around the vehicle, in order to analyse and optimise design features. This will help the company reduce the time to market, optimise and develop future variants of their vehicles and ultimately establish computational processes for development of an all-new car.
2. Polyhedra Tech SL., Spain - "HPC optimisation of SDLPS distributed simulator"
The SME builds simulation tools to assist their business and partners in optimising their day-to-day operations, in areas such as energy efficiency, building certification, consultancy for the construction industry and so on. The core of their business model is the use of a distributed simulator that enables automatic translation of models defined using the Specification and Description Language (SDL) into working simulations, which can then be parallelised.
There are two goals for this project: first, to investigate parallelisation strategies to accelerate the simulator runtime, second, to test, benchmark and optimise the simulator on social science models requiring different parallelisation paradigms. Combined, these goals will open up the tool to a new set of clients and provide them with access to state of the art technology previously unavailable to them, with the expectation that the SME can diversify and increase its client base.
3. FLUIDDA, Belgium - "HPC simulation of particles deposition in human airways"
FLUIDDA is a world leader in the field of Functional Respiratory Imaging (FRI) research and development, offering pharmaceutical companies and health care providers a unique entry point into personalised medicine for patients suffering from respiratory diseases and sleep-related breathing disorders. Their proposal is use HPC to perform and validate simulations of particle deposition in human airways, considering different patient-specific cases using the code Alya, part of the PRACE benchmark suite. It is expected that a successful project could lead to new customers and new services for the SME.
As always with SHAPE, it is encouraging to see the diverse range of subject areas and fields that the programme works with. It is expected that this new tranche of projects will start in September 2018.