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PDC Industry Day 2019

Lilit Axner, PDC

On the 19th of September, PDC held its second PDC Industry Day, which has now become an annual event for PDC. This year’s event was a great success with over 30 participants from 12 companies that represented large industries, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and independent software vendors (ISVs). These were Scania, Sweco, Tyréns, ABB, Briggs Automotive Company (UK), Airinnova, EDRMedeso, ESI, Icarus Digital Math, Volupe, Berotec and Neptech.

The PDC director, Erwin Laure, opened the day and discussed current and future developments in high-performance computing (HPC) towards exascale. The presentations at the event were about the use of HPC in engineering, covering a broad industrial research spectrum including aircraft design, speed of embankments for high-speed railway, simulation of race supercars, large track design, hydrodynamic simulations in dam safety assessments and more.

The invited keynote speakers were Greg Cartland-Glover from UKRI STFC - Briggs Automotive Company and Mattias Chevalier from Scania. Mattias discussed using Beskow to simulate heat transfer in Scania trucks (rather than performing a large number of physical experiments) and thereby saving substantially on development costs. Greg discussed a useful PRACE SHAPE project UKRI STFC undertook together with Briggs Automotive on the Scottish supercomputer Archer at EPCC. The third PDC Industry Day is planned for September 2020. To attend it, and similar PDC events, please check:  for details.

Keynote presentations by Gregory Cartland-Glover from UKRI STFC - Briggs Automotive Company, UK (above) & Mattias Chevalier, Scania, Sweden (below)