High Performance Computing in Engineering

21-11-2013 09:00 to 14:00
Aula Capella, Escola Tècnica Superior d'Enginyeria Industrial de Barcelona (ETSEIB), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Av. Diagonal 647, Barcelona

Computer simulation is a very powerful and widely used technique in science for the analysis and study of complex systems. At the present moment, simulation becomes essential for solving scientific and technological problems. That’s why it has become the third pillar of the empirical sciences in engineering, alongside with theory and experimentation.

All industrial products, such as vehicles, ships, aircraft, buildings, equipment components, medical devices, etc., go through a stage of simulation and optimization by computer during their development. In that way, an increase of the physical accuracy and high precision lead to great computational requirements, as those provided for the high performance computing.

Computational Engineering is a daily practice that not only focuses on the design, optimization and testing of finished products, but it is also used to improve manufacturing processes in all industrial sectors.

The purpose of this JOCS edition is to know diverse use experiences from different areas of engineering in mechanical calculations, fluid dynamics, electromagnetism…


9:00 Delivery of Documentation

9:15 Welcome
Neus Cónsul, Director of ETSEIB
Josep M. Martorell, General Director of Research
Miquel Huguet, Director of CESCA

9:45 L'Anella Industrial, 5 anys apropant els recursos de recerca a la indústria
Emili Hernàndez, Anella Industrial

10:15 Session I. CAE Applied at Industry
Moderator: Francesc Illas, UB

Avaluació de l'aerodinàmica de combois de vehicles
Enric Aramburu, IDIADA

La tecnologia dels optimitzadors a la competició del motor: Ajust d'un set-up a la traçada òptima en un circuit. El cas de Montmeló
Pascual Guardiola, UPC - Centre Cim

Uber-Cloud HPC Experiment: Heat Transfer Use Case
Lluís M. Biscarri, Biscarri Consultoria

11:45 Coffee-Break

12:15 Session II. New Challenges in HPC
Moderator: Mariona Sodupe, UAB

A Massively Parallel Solid Mechanics Solver in Alya
Eva Casoni, BSC-CNS

Computational Challenges in Tokamak Engineering
Alfredo Portone, Fusion For Energy

Exascale y los retos en la industria
Riccardo Rossi, CIMNE

13:45 Closing
Enric Claverol, Director of the FCRI
Ana Isabel Pérez, Vice-Chancellor of Research at UPC


Enric Aramburu, Technical Industrial Engineer and Masters in Numerical Methods applied to Engineering Problems by CIMNE. He has worked in different automotive engineering companies such as SENER Ingeniería y Sistemas, SEAT or IDIADA. He is currently Product Manager of Fuidodynamics Engineering at IDIADA.

Lluís M. Biscarri, Industrial Engineer by the UPC, founded Biscarri Consultoria SL (BCSL) in 2006 working as a consultant on projects in the automotive sector, supporting the organization and management of engineering projects, and giving advice on the CAE technologies application. With over 36 years of experience, BCSL currently serves open source CAE simulation tools for industry, and makes the knowledge transfer easy in these technologies.

Eva Casoni is a researcher at the Department of Computer Applications and Scientific Engineering (CASE) at the BSC. Her background includes a 5 year M.S in Mathematics, with minors in Computational Engineering and in 2011 she completed a doctoral degree in Applied Mathematics, working in Computational Fluid Dynamics and Finite Element methods with Prof. Antonio Huerta. She moved then to AIRBUS and the Technical University of Madrid (UPM) for a postdoc, working in Domain Decomposition methods applied to aerodynamics.

Pascual Guardiola is Mechanical Engineer by the UPC, skilled in using advances CAD/CAE/CAM, PIDO and RP software for the development of process, product and R&D engineering projects, through modeling, simulation and optimization techniques. He has been involved into large companies' projects from different sectors (energy, automotive, aeronautics…), implementing optimization technologies with PIDO platforms. He is currently working as a freelance engineer, providing simulation and optimization services, and giving training courses on optimization tools.

Emili Hernàndez is Doctor in Geological Sciences by the UB, and Industrial Engineer by the UPC. Associate professor at ETSEIB Projects Department, he has been managing and running the TIC resources from the Centre de Recerca en Geologia Jaume Almera from CSIC. Six years ago, he launched the Anella Industrial project, which nowadays runs from i2CAT, and whose objective is, in general, to connect industry and universities, and in particular, provide the country's industry with a telecommunications infrastructure able to facilitate the HPC resources.

Alfredo Portone graduated with honors in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Bologna in 1987 and in 1994 he received the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College London (UK). From 1990 he worked in the ITER project, and from 1993 to 2000 he was a member of the ITER Project Team at Naka, Japan. Since 2000, coordinates activities of R&D within the Agency in various areas of science and technology, especially in engineering and control of fusion plasmas, superconducting magnets and computational models for engineering. Since March 2008 he is part of the Organization Fusion for Energy at Barcelona as head of the engineering analysis group for the ITER project.

Riccardo Rossi, Engineer by the University of Padova and Doctor by the University of Bologna. He is currently a researcher at International Center for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE), and associate professor at Resistance Materials Department at UPC. Specialized in CFD, he is experienced in the development of numerical methods in both CFD and CSD.