High Performance Computing
All real materials are heterogeneous; modelling of such materials involves concurrent simulation of multiple interacting and competing physical processes, acting at different length and time scales. Carrying out modelling of such situations can be difficult, particularly at scale, when using proprietary finite element software limited to workstations, or paying per-core licence fees.
SMRG overcomes these problems by using community-driven open source solid mechanics codes specifically developed for High Performance Computing (HPC) systems. With HPC we can achieve better analysis accuracy, and carry out simulations which are not otherwise feasible or even possible. This, in turn, has the potential to increase the accuracy of component and material design that lead to greater efficiency and reliability in real-world operations. Such issues are crucial in safety-critical contexts such as nuclear power generation and waste storage facilities.