An account at OSC gives companies 24/7 access to HPC systems that power innovation with ultrafast parallel processing capabilities and a variety of open-source and commercial software solvers. But the AweSim industrial outreach initiative is more than just a gateway, it can also be an opportunity to engage with the engineering service providers (ESPs) that serve as AweSim collaborators and offer their considerable expertise in modeling and simulation (M&S) to AweSim.


By opening an account through the Ohio Supercomputer Center’s (OSC) AweSim Modeling & Simulation industrial engagement program, designers and engineers could have access to one of the most powerful HPC platforms in the world. They would be able to sign in to their account, establish a secure connection with one of our three HPC systems, and use OSC resources to maximize their M&S efforts.

The democratization of Computer Aided Engineering was a hot topic at the recent 2016 NAFEMS meeting in Seattle. And while many approaches to wider access to modeling and simulation are emerging, a clear path hasn't quite been decided upon yet. One thing that is clear is AweSim plans to be part of the solution, here's how: 


Recently, AweSim Director Alan Chalker had the opportunity to sit in on Desktop Engineering's roundtable discussion, "Supercomputing for the Rest of Us." The goal of the roundtable was to discuss the democratization of high performance computing modeling and simulation. It turned out to be an excellent platform to continue to spread the word about how the AweSim program is working to lower the perception and reality of exclusivity to this powerful tool, from which all manufacturers can benefit. 

AweSim Logo

As noted in this blog just a few weeks ago, the Ohio Supercomputer Center has launched a new program to foster the creation of advanced manufacturing apps to facilitate adoption of modeling and simulation by small and medium-sized businesses. Known as AweSim, the initiative is a collaborative effort of OSC, P&G, Intel, AltaSim Technologies, TotalSim USA, Kinetic Vision and Nimbis Services. I’m very excited about the potential of this new program, but industrial engagement efforts are nothing new to OSC.

Photo of simulator at DSL

Just a year after the opening of the Driving Simulation Laboratory, the facility is demonstrating the successes that can be achieved through collaboration between public educational institutions and industry. The lab is a partnership between The Ohio State University, Honda R&D Americas and the Ohio Supercomputer Center

Screenshots of OSC OnDemand windows.

The Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) launched OSC OnDemand in January and gave presentations about it at various meetings and conferences, including the XSEDE conference in July. Through OnDemand, users can run high-performance computing (HPC) and visualization on Glenn and Oakley, our production clusters. To some of our users, I suspect OnDemand looks like a web site and nothing more. I think it is substantially more. I think it is Sputnik. 

Experimental testing is fundamental to most engineering R&D. Over the past decade, large companies have leveraged simulation techniques to help expedite their design and development phase, with the use of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) being the key tool in fluid based systems. By marrying CFD with traditional physical testing, it is possible to quickly identify and correct weaknesses in a given design and often improve performance above what would have been achievable through rig testing alone.

The Ohio Supercomputer Center is pleased to be celebrating Ohio Manufacturing Month and National Manufacturing Day in a very special way. Earlier this summer, the Ohio Third Frontier Commission awarded a $3 million Innovation Platform Program grant to OSC and our partners for a project to design and deploy easy-to-use advanced manufacturing simulation apps.