The Augmented Reality (AR) demonstration of the air flow around a Porsche sports car was a true show stopper at this year’s International Supercomputing Conference in Frankfurt/Main (July 12-16, 2015). With visualizations showing how air behaves when colliding with and flowing around the car, visitors were given the chance to experience AR live, i.e. the mixture of reality (the car) and virtual reality (the simulated air flow). This interesting presentation was brought to the ISC visitors by members of the HLRS visualization staff who supported a special exhibit in ISC’s CAE Pavilion focusing on Computer Aided Engineering in the Automotive Industry.
Like in previous years, HLRS was a partner on the booth of the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (#1310) where the three national supercomputing centres presented their wide-ranging HPC activities supported by their HPC systems and the results achieved. Interested parties were able to receive information e.g. about the recently completed so-called XXL Projects at HLRS – large scale simulation projects which challenged the endurance of the new HLRS system „Hornet“ by testing the readiness of its hardware and software for extreme-scale compute jobs during its early installation phase. HLRS also offered 3D visualizations on a tiled 3D display wall. The highlight was the interactive remote visualization of the water flow in a pump turbine simulated by the Institute of Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulic Machinery of the University of Stuttgart.
HLRS representatives hosted and participated in a number of workshops, Birds-of-a-feather sessions, tutorials and other ISC events. In the Industry track of the conference program, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schröder of the Institute of Aerodynamics and Fluid Dynamics of RWTH Aachen introduced one of the aforementioned Hornet XXL projects to the interested audience of ISC participants: for project “Prediction of the Turbulent Flow Field Around a Ducted Axial Fan” 110 machine hours on 92,000 of Hornet’s compute cores had been used.