These days, no car, aircraft or workpiece is developed without simulation. Theoretical approaches and experimentation are no longer sufficient. Modelling procedures and simulation methods using high-performance computers have become crucial to internationally competitive research in science and industry.
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An increase in efficiency, quality, and reliability of simulations, as well as a reduction in the required energy consumption, does not depend solely on the underlying hardware. It is also important to install intelligent software that makes the best possible use of existing performances and the ongoing advances in hardware. If this succeeds, it will be possible to produce faster and more realistic simulations needed in science and industry, for instance in the areas of climate protection, energy, healthcare and product development.
The design of algorithms, their implementation within software programs and the entire software infrastructure must keep pace with the spiralling requirements placed on modelling and the ever-more capable computer platforms. Developers of algorithms, models for simulation software and operating systems, runtime environments, and data management systems are therefore facing new challenges. Expanded and, in some instances, entirely new approaches to software used in high- and highest-performance computing are needed to allow the systems to operate efficiently. Several funding measures have been launched for this purpose, such as the recently announced ‘Application-oriented HPC software for high- and highest-performance computers in science and business’ and the ‘Basic research for HPC software in high- and highest-performance computers’. At the DLR Project Management Agency, we assist our clients by providing expertise in all phases of announcements and strategic development through to project support.