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Modelling of physical phenomena in a software framework for Computational Fluid Dynamics Applications (MRes)

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  • Full or part time
    Dr F Salvatore
    Dr I Moulitsas
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

Applications are invited for a MRes position in the Centre for Computational Engineering Sciences, Cranfield University, in the field of scientific software development. The research is in collaboration with Sourcery Inc., USA.

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is an essential ingredient of current research in Engineering and a major driver for innovations in High Performance Computing. This research project aims at extending an in-house CFD software framework for the next generation of parallel computing architectures.

The race is on to achieve exascale computing, that is, computations running at a rate of 10^18 arithmetic operations per second, with the target date being 2020. Harnessing such a tremendous computational power requires a deep rethinking of software and applications; this research opportunity is steeped in this challenge. The main objective is to extend the existing software framework for computational fluid dynamics that will be:
1. Parallel, from end to end;
2. Interfaced with advanced numerical libraries;
3. Employing advanced software engineering techniques and object oriented design
4. Performance-oriented and scalable.
5. Based on modern, highly parallel features of Fortran 2018.

The successful applicant will be part of an interdisciplinary research group of scientists and engineers and is expected to contribute specifically towards the modelling of physical phenomena relevant to CFD applications and their validation aspects.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a first or upper second class UK honours degree or equivalent in a related discipline, such as engineering, physics, or mathematics, with strong emphasis on modelling of physical phenomena relevant to CFD applications. Scientific software development experience and knowledge of computational fluid dynamics are essential; previous knowledge of Coarray Fortran is a distinct advantage. The candidate should be self-motivated, have good communication skills for regular interaction with other stakeholders and with an interest for industrial research.

Funding Notes

This is a self funded MRes

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FTE Category A staff submitted: 156.70

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