Application Focus Areas
The scientific, technical and programmatic objectives of the SimCenter are aligned with problems of global, national and regional importance and grouped in these application focus areas:
Manufacturing creates products from raw materials and parts through processes that are developed and scaled to result in the best possible product at the best price/value point for the market. There has been increasing emphasis on enhancing the manufacturing base and capabilities in the US. Modeling & simulation and HPC have become an integral part of manufacturing from product design to development of new materials, and manufacturing processes such as additive manufacturing or 3D printing.
A long-time strength of the SimCenter has been in basic and applied research within the Aerospace and Defense sector. This sector has been at the forefront of utilizing modeling and simulation for evaluation and design of vehicle and weapons technology. SimCenter researchers have been working with several federal agencies within the Aerospace and Defense sector as well as industrial entities.
Cybersecurity is the state of being protected against the criminal or unauthorized use of electronic data, or the measures taken to achieve this.
Cyber-Physical Systems or "smart" systems are co-engineered interacting networks of physical and computational components. These systems will provide the foundation of our critical infrastructure, form the basis of emerging and future smart services, and improve our quality of life in many areas.
Among the defining global, national and regional challenges for this century is ensuring adequate supply of energy without compromising our collective ability to sustain our changing habitat as the global human population is on a path to grow from presently some seven billion to nine billion or more.
In this focus area we develop effective collaborations with biomedical scientists from across the UTC and University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Medicine Chattanooga (UTCOMC) campuses to provide computational solutions for their research projects. Our goal is to position the SimCenter core capabilities and expertise to be an integral part of these collaborations. With access to high-performance computing systems, health informatics and biomedical scientists are able to perform a wide range of bioinformatics and statistical data analysis tasks in the areas of genomics, metagenomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, epidemiological studies and electronic health record data mining.
The city of Chattanooga has emerged as a pioneer in urban renewal and sustainable development. As part of this renewal an extraordinary infrastructure has been put in place that includes high-speed, high bandwidth information networks that connect a large number of citizens to the internet. This infrastructure provides the foundation for the collection and exploitation of large amounts of heterogeneous data intended to improve city services. It allows for more effective transportation systems, energy efficiency, production and delivery, and for improving quality of life in general, including human wellness and health management and care delivery. Some of these potential benefits can be realized with current knowledge, tools and technologies. Many more remain to be discovered and realized by new developments.
High-performance computing (HPC) is the use of super computers and parallel processing techniques for solving complex computational problems. HPC technology focuses on developing parallel processing algorithms and systems by incorporating both administration and parallel computational techniques.