Enabling world-class science
A core component of our work is to develop and improve applications which enable scientific discovery.
In recent years world-class science has increasingly involved computer simulation. Systems which are difficult, expensive, or downright impossible to realise either theoretically or experimentally may be accessed via simulation. And simulation often means using the largest and fastest computers to provide the most detailed picture possible. EPCC has many years' experience in helping get the most out of high-performance computing to advance scientific agendas.
Computer simulations address some of society's most pressing issues: medical problems related to an aging population, climate change and the search for renewable energy sources, the design of new materials with useful properties, and so on. Some current work includes:
- APES: Advanced Potential Energy Surfaces
- Beatbox: anatomically realistic cardiac simulations
- COSA: understanding flow-structure interaction helps to design, for example, more efficient wind turbines
- Fluidity: modelling oceans is important in climate studies
- GULP: accurate simulations of complex solids
- VASP: predicting electronic structure is important in areas such as catalysis and designing solar cells
- VOX-FE: modelling the stresses and strains experienced by bone implants