Dr Isabelle d’Ast: HPC Software Engineer
Mr Nicolas Monnier: I.T. Manager
Dr Gabriel Staffelbach: CFD Senior Researcher
CERFACS (Centre Européen de Recherche et de Formation Avancée en Calcul Scientifique) is a research organization supported by seven shareholders: Airbus, CNES, EDF, Météo-France, ONERA, SAFRAN, TOTAL. It aims to develop advanced methods for numerical simulation and algorithmic solutions for large scientific and technological problems of interest for academic research but also for industry.
Started in 2014, the Intel Parallel Computing Center at CERFACS will focus on the optimization of the AVBP code on present and future Intel architectures, the current focus being the Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessor architecture. The IPCC’s goal is to take advantage of current and future hardware improvements increasing computational efficiency on standard CFD applications.
The AVBP code is a world-renowned, state of the art, computational fluid dynamics code that uses massively parallel computing to perform Large Eddy Simulations of compressible reactive multi-phase or transcritical flows. Its applications include (but are not limited to) gas turbines, aircraft and piston engines. Ported and highly efficient for strong scaling on all current architectures including five systems on the top500 as of January 2014, the code was awarded in 2013 the 1st prize for the most innovative application Industrial HPC solution for CERFACS’s work on academic studies on industrial applications by PRACE. AVBP is used in industry by IFPEN, the SAFRAN Group, Airbus and ANSALDO Energia and in academia in various laboratories throughout Europe, Australia and the United States.