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Dr. Peter Vincent – Computational Fluid Dynamics for Industry and Manufacturing. Part Three

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We sat down with Dr. Peter Vincent to gain some insight into his research at Vincent Lab. Dr. Vincent has been a key user of SES machine Emerald, and discusses applications of CFS and his research in various sectors, as well as his collaborations with key businesses and industry members, translating academic research into commercially viable products and resources. To find out more about his research, please read the case study. Don't forget to watch part two.
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Creating Future Masters in Heritage Science

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The way we understand, preserve and present the past – and the cultural, educational, social and economic value we derive from heritage and from the arts more widely – is receiving a big boost from a ground-breaking Doctoral Training Centre launched in 2014. Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA) Centre is a joint initiative by the UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage, the University of Oxford and the University of Brighton. Aiming not just to aid conservation but also to build skills that illuminate our heritage and advance...
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Why Use High Performance Computing with Dr. Vincent

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We sat down with Dr. Peter Vincent to gain some insight into his research at Vincent Lab (www.imperial.ac.uk/aeronautics/research/vincentlab/). Dr. Vincent has been a key user of SES machine Emerald, and discusses here the use of HPC in his research and why Emerald (an SES machine) has been a unique and necessary facility. If you missed part one, catch it here, and stay tuned for part three!

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Computer Code Solves a Quantum Mechanical Problem

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Focusing on the strange and surprising quantum world, a unique computer code that can model systems comprising thousands of atoms is driving fresh discoveries in areas as diverse as new materials, clean energy, nanotechnology and pharmaceuticals. Called ONETEP (Order-N Electronic Total Energy Package), the code plugs the critical gap between what can be achieved by state-of-the-art experiments and by conventional quantum-level computer modelling & simulation of just a few hundred atoms at a time. This is a classic story of how multi-institution, multidisciplinary co-operation – in this case including SES members Cambridge and Southampton Universities and Imperial College London – can...
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What is CFD with Dr. Peter Vincent

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We sat down with Dr. Peter Vincent to gain some insight into his research at Vincent Lab (www.imperial.ac.uk/aeronautics/research/vincentlab/). Dr. Vincent has been a key user of SES machine Emerald, and discusses here the impacts of CFD research, from medical applications to renewable energy and Aeronautical Engineering. To find out more about his research, read the case study. Stay tuned for Part two, and don’t forget to subscribe.

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Solving unsteady fluid flows with Hyperflux

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An Innovate UK- and EPSRC-funded project called Hyperflux is bringing together industry and academia to tackle the problem of modeling unsteady fluid flow. Peter Vincent, Senior Lecturer and EPSRC Fellow in the department of Aeronautics at Imperial College London, heads up the academic side of this project. His team is working with engineers at CFD company Zenotech and CFMS, an independent centre for modelling and simulation based at the Bristol & Bath Science Park, to create a commercial product called Hyperflux, which will help industry to model these unsteady flows. As of early 2015, the team has already managed the development and rolling...
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Powering innovation with HPC

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Access to academic facilities like the Emerald supercomputer is vital to the success of new start ups in the High Performance Computing field, says Jamil Appa, co-founder of Simulation on Demand startup Zenotech. Appa left a successful career at BAE Systems two years ago, in order to set up on a new business together with co-founder David Standingford ­— bringing together over 30 years of computational engineering experience. After years creating software for his internal customers, Appa and Standingford could see much that would be of use to engineers in other businesses – and could also see the barriers to...
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Modelling downward sailing conditions

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North Sails are one of the largest sail making companies, with a particular emphasis upon and commitment to technical development. This ranges from the materials used to the manufacturing process and the design of the sail. North Sails operate world-wide, producing sails for boats ranging from 4m dinghies to 200m super yachts, from classic cruising yachts to the Americas Cup racing catamarans. Designing the shape of sails is a challenging task and traditionally completed using experience and trial and error. The fundamental design issue is one of matching the structural properties of the sail to the fluid dynamic loading from the...
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High-order Computational Fluid Dynamics

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Application to Design of Next-Generation Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Computational simulation of fluid flow, often referred to as Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), plays an critical role in the aerodynamic design of numerous complex systems, including aircraft, F1 racing cars, and wind turbines. CFD technology allows engineers to understand complex flow patterns, and thus perform aerodynamic design, without ever flying an aircraft, or even starting up a wind tunnel. Dr. Peter Vincent, and his team of researchers in the department of Aeronautics at Imperial College London, have been using the Emerald GPU cluster to test the performance of new ‘high-order accurate’ CFD...
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Modelling the coastal effects of a Tsunami

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Dr Serge Guillas from UCL’s Department of Statistical Science is researching models for geophysics. ThroughUCL’s membership of the Science & Engineering South (SES) Consortium, he has worked with GPU specialists in Oxford to greatly improve the performance of a tsunami simulation code. The team used the SES GPU-accelerated supercomputer, Emerald, to achieve its results. Background High-performance computing is an integral part of research aimed at modelling real-life phenomena. Recent, major tsunamis in Indonesia and Japan have caused the insurance industry and civil authorities around the world to demand better models to assess tsunami risk. Dr Serge Guillas received proof-of-concept funding from...
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