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Altair simulations have helped in many aspects of engineering design


New ways to see W


e all know that for children to learn, it is important to create an appropriate environment. Te child’s personal circumstances also


play a huge role. Rote learning, while helpful for apprehending some concepts, will never result in critical thinking skills. Unstructured time, or play, is considered to be the foundation of creativity. Playing with others adds another dimension to the creative experience – picking up where someone leſt off, imitation, experiment, refinement, and iteration. Similarly, a spirit of inquiry and collaboration


rests at the basis of what scientists and engineers do every day – a profound sense of needing to know something. What if I do this? What happens if I combine this with that? Could this technique or material produce a better result than what we have seen before? How do we tackle this? Human ingenuity, advances in knowledge, and the creative application of technology all play a role in discovery. Historically, there has been a movement


toward specialisation. Increasing distances have separated the practitioner (engineer) from the theoretician (scientist). Convergence, however, is natural and oſten happens – for example, scientists commercialising their theories and engineers developing cutting-edge research. We consider both approaches to be authentic. Meanwhile, 3D printing and advanced materials such as composites, high-strength


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steels and aluminium are giving designers more freedom to innovate. Tere are new ways to interpret concepts and transform them into manufacturable designs. Composite and other alternative materials can drive performance and efficiency. HPC, leveraged in various ways, is delivering infinite computing resources to solve enormous design and optimisation challenges and perform stochastic analysis.


HPC IS


DELIVERING INFINITE


COMPUTING RESOURCES TO


SOLVE ENORMOUS DESIGN CHALLENGES SAM MAHALINGAM


Te quest for innovation is driving the


use of simulation to lead the design process. Aesthetics, ergonomics, and performance will all benefit from an integrated simulation approach. Optimisation of all types of complex simulation is becoming essential: linear and non-linear, structures, fluids, thermal, multi- body, systems, electromagnetics, and more. Complexity is driving the need for accessible and intuitive user experiences. Physics-based


Sam Mahalingam looks forward to a culture in which innovation flourishes as a result of human ingenuity and the creative application of technology


simulation and HPC are the enablers for infinite exploration. Scientists and engineers need better modelling and simulation methods as well as failure models; they need to be able to assess trade-offs and make design decisions that improve outcomes; they need new ways to see.


Increasing complexity As technology increases in complexity, it becomes harder for the average person to understand. Te pool of people who truly grasp what is happening gets smaller and smaller. A commuter checking the weather on a mobile is unlikely to be aware of how it works. Enabling this information to be provided accurately in real-time involves sophisticated algorithms, modelling techniques, and computing power. Making information intuitive and easy to access has changed the nature of the user experience, making it available to many rather than a few, and creating customisable environments. Scaling to keep up with the exponential


increase in computing power has been and will continue to be important. HPC is pushing the boundaries of technology. Te number of users will continue to grow, as will their diversity. Machine size will continue to double. Consumer-based design and manufacturing will transform how computing power is tapped and experienced. Te relationship between human and computer has, in the past 20 years, gone from batch, to interactive, to mobile. Easy,


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