Ed Green of Rolls Royce kicked off the day's program with a thought-provoking key note, focusing on CAE initiatives at Rolls. I liked his perspective on the co-existence of test and simulation, where simulation can be used to 'rehearse' testing, helping you to get it done right the first time.
Next up was a tag-team presentation featuring Donny Hale of General Motors and Nicolas Parise of Maya Heat Transfer Technologies. Donny and Nicolas showcased the on-going effort to integrate thermal and flow solutions from Siemens PLM Software into the virtual prototyping ecosystem at the Detroit car maker.
Keith Meintjes of CIMdata started his presentation with a recap of Moore's Law, and a brief trip back in time to the early days of high performance computing. He went on to discuss the role of simulation as an upfront design influencer, and how it can be 'democratized' for wider usage within engineering environments.
Ed Green (Rolls Royce), Art Avilla (JPL), Travis Hunter (Graham Packaging), and Dan Mekker (Siemens Energy) then took to the stage for the CAE panel discussion, moderated by Brad Holtz of Cyon Research, who also made opening remarks to help set the stage. When asked about the future landscape of CAE, Ed Green highlighted increasing use of High Performance Computing (HPC). Art stressed increased depth of multiphysics capabilities and the parallelization of those capabilities. Dan added visualization to the mix, while Travis emphasized the drive towards inexpensive HPC by way of decreasing hardware cost and the adoption of cloud computing solutions.