The development of lightweight and energy-efficient products in ever-shortening spans fosters the use of virtual prototypes being computed using e.g. the finite element method. Increasingly detailed models with up to 100 Million degrees of freedom lead to disproportionately expanding costs for the simulation. The effort for modeling, computation and interpretation, which is in the critical path of the development chain, is competitive to the goal to reduce the design cycle.
A central objective of the projec is the speedup of the finite element simulation on the basis of PERMAS (solver) and VisPER (visualization) using hybrid many-core architectures as shown in the figure below. A major focus of innovation is an abstraction layer which standardizes the interaction of both simulation tools with the hardware and facilitates the shared access to distributed or hierarchically ordered model data.
Speeding up the simulation and the resulting shorter turn-around times lead to a tighter coupling with the design process and offer the possibility to compute more detailed models and more comprehensive physical effects. Such an enhanced simulation allows the users to optimize their products with respect to materials usage, power consumption, lifetime and safety hence retaining or even strengthening their position in terms of technology leadership.