1502 Latest Innovations in Commercial Computational Mechanics Software

Uwe Schramm, Altair
Besides academic and industrial research a lot of innovative methodology in computational mechanics has been developed by commercial software companies. These companies are technology providers for many industries that rely on commercial software to make design and business decisions. Besides many established companies that look back at 30-40 history, many new providers are incubated out of academic and industrial research. The software industry is quite competitive as well as collaborative. Complexity and level of detail of models is increasing and computational performance as well as process throughput become differentiators. There is also a trend of democratization thru sharing of component technology like algebraic solvers and numerical libraries. New computer architectures and cloud computing require new software implementations. Demand on computational efficiency is high.

Also the breadth of applications has changed. With demands from design, verification and digital twin, computational mechanics is applied to the entire product life cycle. Simulations of manufacturing for example for 3D printing involve quite complex physics and different scales. Innovative approaches have to be taken to tackle such problems with commercial software. In commercial software robustness, universal applicability, and ease of use play a major role. That does not mean the technology is only applied in a simplified manner.

This mini-symposium invites presentations from commercial software developers. The symposium is to show advances in numerical methods and computational techniques driven by software developers. We invite an exchange amongst the participants to learn about new approaches and to uncover gaps as well as research and development needs for academic, software and industrial researchers and developers.

We invite contributions on algebraic solvers, algorithms for new hardware architectures on CPU and GPU, new element formulations, new material laws, multi-scale algorithms, methodology for design optimization, innovations on integration schemes, CAE, CFD, CEM as well as multi-physics.