Boulanger, P., Garcia, M., Badke, C. and Ryan, J. (2006). An Advanced Collaborative Infrastructure for the Real-Time Computational Steering of Large CFD Simulations. European Conference on Computational Fluid Dynamics ECCOMAS CFD TU Delft, The Netherlands.

Advances in computer processing power and networking over the past few years have brought a significant change to the modelling and simulation of complex phenomena. Problems that formerly could only be tackled in batch mode, with their results visualized afterwards, can now be monitored whilst in progress using graphical means, in certain cases it is even possible to alter parameters of the computation whilst it is running, depending on what the scientist sees in the current visual output. This ability to monitor and change parameters of the computational process at any time and from anywhere is called computational steering. By combining this capability with advanced communications tools, like the Access Grid, over high-speed network it is now possible for a group of scientists located across various continents to work collaboratively on simulations allowing them to compare ideas and to share their experience. In this paper, we present such an advanced c ollaborative computational steering environment specialized to solve CFD problems.

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