The Swedish SME Airinnova AB, which is based in Stockholm, has a large network of collaborative partners, one of which is EPFL (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne) in Switzerland. Together with EPFL, Airinnova was planning to establishing a user-friendly editor for building aircraft models by taking an aircraft common language file format CPACS, getting the aircraft model into an in-house meshing tool and then running computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations on HPC systems. When one of the Airinnova’s owners, Dr. Menmeng Zhang, learned about the travel funding for collaborative research offered by the HPC-Europa3 project, She immediately took advantage of that and applied to HPC-Europa3 for support to invite researchers from EPFL to Stockholm so they could work together on the project at Airinnova AB.
Mr. Malcom Malo Drougard, a postgraduate student from the School of Computer and Communication Sciences, EPFL, arrived to Stockholm on the 3rd of April 2018 for a two and a half month collaborative visit at Airinnova AB. During his visit, Malo has been running extensive computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations on the Beskow supercomputer system (CRAY CX40 system that was #32 of Top 500 list of November 2014) at KTH-PDC. He has been granted 110 thousand core hours on Beskow for this purpose and has also been provided with accommodation and a place to work at PDC. The HPC-Europa3 project has covered Malcolm’s travel and accommodation expenses, as well as providing him with some supporting funds for food.
The visit was very useful and building the above mentioned editor has significantly reduced the manual work required to do such work in future, and has thereby made the process of testing of the software far more effective for Airinnova AB. “The visit was very successful and produced the expected results,” said Prof. Jesper Oppelstrup, one of the owners of Airinnova AB.