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New CFD facility will foster cooperation, says MARIN

MARIN (Maritime Research Institute Netherlands) has announced the investment of €2 million in a Bull supercomputer cluster for its CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) facility.

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Made up of 4000 computational cores, the cluster will be used alongside MARIN’s model basins, simulators and monitoring tools to perform calculations for the optimisation of ship and offshore structures.

The Dutch institute says it wants to use the new facility to strengthen maritime cooperation on CFD. 

“Together with our own CFD code ReFRESCO, this new cluster forms a new virtual facility: The Maritime Cluster,” says MARIN president Bas Buchner.

“In this partnership MARIN wants to share its dedicated maritime CFD code and computer cluster with the industry, so that we can jointly work on the reliable and robust application of CFD in our maritime field.”

MARIN is making its CFD code available for use on office computers, and says users can scale up calculations with the same input files to the MARIN medium cluster (1600 computational cores) without large investments.

“Compared to open-source initiatives, this co-operation has the advantage that you always start with a working and validated code,” says Henk Prins, MARIN’s R&D Manager.

“This guarantees that further developments are shared with the partners in the ReFRESCO-operation, whereas further developments based on open source are not always shared openly. This is why we propose the further development within a partner group with real open sharing.”

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