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High Performance Computing for CFD

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Cranfield University
School of Engineering
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1 day course
Short Course
For practising engineers and managers, seeking to enhance their knowledge about this rapidly maturing technology.
Cranfield University, College Road, Cranfield, MK43 0AL, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom

This one-day short course provides specialised technical knowledge for those new to, or working within, the rapidly expanding global High Performance Computing (HPC) sector.

The remarkable growth in the power of high performance computing has had a dramatic impact on engineering research by enabling large-scale simulations of previously intractable phenomena. As a result, numerous companies are now turning towards clusters to expand their computational resources. The focus of this short course is to give an overview of HPC in terms of engineering  and scientific applications, including practical experience.

On completion of this course you will appreciate: HPC terminology; the history of HPC; HPC resources available in the UK and internationally; parallel programming using MPI and advanced CFD techniques driving HPC.

About (Computational Fluid Dynamics) CFD

CFD is generally accepted as describing the broad topic encompassing the numerical solution, by computational methods, of the governing equations which describe fluid flow - the set of the Navier-Stokes equations, continuity and additional conservation equations.

It has grown from a mathematical curiosity to become an essential tool in almost every branch of fluid dynamics, from aerospace propulsion to weather prediction and has received extensive attention throughout the international community since the advent of the digital computer.

CFD is attractive for two reasons. Firstly, the desire to be able to model physical fluid phenomena that cannot be easily measured with a physical experiment, for example weather systems or hypersonic aerospace vehicles. Secondly, the desire to be able to investigate physical fluid systems more cost effectively and more rapidly than with experimental methods.

CFD computer codes, both commercial and in-house, are now considered to be standard numerical tools, widely utilised within industry for design and development.

CFD specialists, are in consequence, in considerable demand, to apply and develop CFD methods throughout engineering companies and research organisations.

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