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Primeur weekly 2014-11-17

Special

China's Tianhe-2 supercomputer retains top spot on fourth consecutive TOP500 List ...

TOP500 site gets new look and expands content ...

Focus

Netherlands Forensic Institute to crack crime using HPC and Big Data ...

Intel to support merging of HPC and data analytics on the hardware, software and application level ...

Exascale supercomputing

U.S. to build two flagship supercomputers for national labs ...

Department of Energy awards $425 million for next generation supercomputing technologies ...

The Cloud

Altair launches HyperWorks Unlimited - Virtual for Amazon Web Services ...

EuroFlash

SysFera-DS V5.0 released ...

Bright Computing appoints industry veteran Clement Lau as Director for Asia Pacific ...

Bright Cluster Manager now supports RHEL 7 and CentOS 7 ...

UK Laboratory celebrates 50 years of supercomputing ...

Groundbreaking Welsh research project seeks to substantially cut cyclist deaths ...

MEGWARE and Numascale extend their collaboration and co-exhibit at SC14 ...

IBM, Forschungszentrum Jülich and NVIDIA team to establish POWER Acceleration and Design Center ...

E4 Computer Engineering and Applied Micro Circuits Corporation will showcase the ARKA server RK003 at SC14 ...

USFlash

Indiana University showcases advanced computing tech at annual supercomputing conference ...

John West to head Strategic Initiatives at TACC ...

IDC finds growth, consolidation, and changing ownership patterns in worldwide data centre forecast ...

Supercomputers fuel global high-resolution climate models ...

100 supercomputers later, Los Alamos high-performance computing still supports national security mission ...

Asia Supercomputer Community to launch ASC15 at SC14 ...

ArrayFire is now open source ...

Mellanox announces availability of 100Gb/s Direct Attach Copper and Active Optical Cables ...

Mellanox provides leading application performance with FDR InfiniBand for HPC-purpose built Dell PowerEdge C4130 ...

Mellanox EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand solutions chosen for leading CORAL supercomputer project ...

CoolIT Systems features full range of Direct Contact Liquid Cooling solutions for HPC servers and data centres at SC14 ...

Supercomputing invited plenary talks focus on high-performance computing at DreamWorks Animation and NIH's vision for solving future computational challenges in health care ...

Supercomputing beyond genealogy reveals surprising European ancestors ...

U.S. Department of Energy selects IBM "data centric" systems to advance research and tackle Big Data challenges ...

Oak Ridge to acquire next generation supercomputer ...

Ohio supercomputing experts to leverage conference presence ...

Groundbreaking Welsh research project seeks to substantially cut cyclist deaths


Dr. Phillip Martin at Cardiff University
13 Nov 2014 Cardiff - A pioneering collaborative project has been launched in Wales to improve bicycle safety helmet performance using state-of-the-art 3D printing and supercomputing technology. The project, led by Cardiff School of Engineering colleagues Dr. Peter Theobald and Dr. Philip Martin, is examining how 3D printed materials can be used to manufacture ultra-lightweight customised bicycle helmets to improve their safety performance during impacts.

Between 2005 and 2013, over 26,000 cyclists were either killed or seriously injured on the roads of Great Britain and this project seeks to reduce these numbers in the future.

Backed by High Performance Computing (HPC) Wales' Research and Innovation fund, the researchers are using supercomputing to optimise the mechanical structures of 3D printed bicycle safety helmet designs; comparing the effects of different designs and 3D printed materials on impact performance.

The project also seeks to improve current safety guidelines for bicycle helmet designs in the UK and beyond, as existing guidelines consider only the impact performance of bicycle helmets. The researchers are examining the requirement to develop regulatory guidelines for evaluating bicycle helmet impact performance during impacts where ‘rotational’ impacts also occur - which is where the brain rotates inside the skull following the impact of the collision.

Researchers are using supercomputers to develop 3D printed helmets to improve a safety helmet's structure to stop the deformation of the helmet and transfer of energy to the head. It is this impact and relative rotation of the brain inside the skull that causes most traumatic brain injuries. Allowing the brain and the skull to keep moving, and being slowed down in tandem, is believed to reduce the risk of brain injuries after collisions.

Dr. Philip Martin, Research Associate at Cardiff University, stated: "It is scary how similar traditional bicycle safety helmets on the market actually are. If you went into a helmet shop with an unlimited sum of money, you would come out with essentially the same thing, in regards to safety, as there is no superior product. The only real differences are in shape, colour and design - merely aesthetics. Everything is made out of polystyrene, which fails to offer adequate protection during 'oblique' impacts."

"The use of advanced supercomputing technology has helped us speed up our research to produce results much faster than any system I have worked with before. Currently, without these supercomputing capabilities, we would have to physically manufacture every new structural design, and then test every single one of them in a lab, to evaluate their impact safety performance potential. This would be both extremely time and cost intensive, rendering the project unfeasible."

"We are delighted that HPC Wales has given us the opportunity to take our project forward with this funding, as there is a significant opportunity to improve the performance of, not just bicycle safety helmets, but all personal protective equipment - and this is something that has the potential to save many lives."

Professor Rick Hillum, CEO of High Performance Computing (HPC) Wales, stated: "This innovative research project has the potential to save thousands of lives across the globe and we are proud to support its brilliant work."

"As access to research funding becomes more and more difficult to obtain, we are pleased to be able to offer this support for projects at the leading edge of scientific research, providing businesses with access to academic support and introducing them to world-class supercomputing technology."

"With our support, businesses can engage with academia and boost their knowledge and performance, helping them to compete on a global scale."

HPC Wales has funded five collaborative projects at Cardiff University, Swansea University and Swansea Metropolitan University, helping businesses engage with academia and up-skilling their employees to harness the power of supercomputing. Other projects benefiting from this funding include innovative research to improve bus routes within Cardiff's city centre and revolutionary work to significantly improve stroke rehabilitation.

HPC Wales, backing these projects and providing the state-of-the-art supercomputing technology to support it, is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government. The venture is committed to boosting the Welsh economy by providing academic researchers and businesses with some of the most advanced computing technology in the world.
Source: Cardiff Unversity

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Primeur weekly 2014-11-17

Special

China's Tianhe-2 supercomputer retains top spot on fourth consecutive TOP500 List ...

TOP500 site gets new look and expands content ...

Focus

Netherlands Forensic Institute to crack crime using HPC and Big Data ...

Intel to support merging of HPC and data analytics on the hardware, software and application level ...

Exascale supercomputing

U.S. to build two flagship supercomputers for national labs ...

Department of Energy awards $425 million for next generation supercomputing technologies ...

The Cloud

Altair launches HyperWorks Unlimited - Virtual for Amazon Web Services ...

EuroFlash

SysFera-DS V5.0 released ...

Bright Computing appoints industry veteran Clement Lau as Director for Asia Pacific ...

Bright Cluster Manager now supports RHEL 7 and CentOS 7 ...

UK Laboratory celebrates 50 years of supercomputing ...

Groundbreaking Welsh research project seeks to substantially cut cyclist deaths ...

MEGWARE and Numascale extend their collaboration and co-exhibit at SC14 ...

IBM, Forschungszentrum Jülich and NVIDIA team to establish POWER Acceleration and Design Center ...

E4 Computer Engineering and Applied Micro Circuits Corporation will showcase the ARKA server RK003 at SC14 ...

USFlash

Indiana University showcases advanced computing tech at annual supercomputing conference ...

John West to head Strategic Initiatives at TACC ...

IDC finds growth, consolidation, and changing ownership patterns in worldwide data centre forecast ...

Supercomputers fuel global high-resolution climate models ...

100 supercomputers later, Los Alamos high-performance computing still supports national security mission ...

Asia Supercomputer Community to launch ASC15 at SC14 ...

ArrayFire is now open source ...

Mellanox announces availability of 100Gb/s Direct Attach Copper and Active Optical Cables ...

Mellanox provides leading application performance with FDR InfiniBand for HPC-purpose built Dell PowerEdge C4130 ...

Mellanox EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand solutions chosen for leading CORAL supercomputer project ...

CoolIT Systems features full range of Direct Contact Liquid Cooling solutions for HPC servers and data centres at SC14 ...

Supercomputing invited plenary talks focus on high-performance computing at DreamWorks Animation and NIH's vision for solving future computational challenges in health care ...

Supercomputing beyond genealogy reveals surprising European ancestors ...

U.S. Department of Energy selects IBM "data centric" systems to advance research and tackle Big Data challenges ...

Oak Ridge to acquire next generation supercomputer ...

Ohio supercomputing experts to leverage conference presence ...