ANSE: Computational fluid dynamics software

EPCC and Rolls Royce worked on a series of projects to develop the ANSE Computational Fluid Dynamics software.

ANSE is used to analyse aircraft parts, in particular engines, and was initially designed for vector supercomputers. The aim of the project was to adapt ANSE to use less expensive resources such as networks of workstations, whilst still giving optimum results.

The ANSE project had two stages. Firstly, EPCC developed software for a cluster of workstations and utilised their overnight idle time at no extra cost. Secondly, EPCC designed and integrated a parallel version of the multi-block part of the software, which resulted in larger and more detailed simulations. The software developments used standard message passing libraries to ensure portability of the software across a wide range of platforms. The project improved the cost effectiveness of producing simulations.