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Cloud-based simulation for vehicle engineering


The Challenge

Analysing how air flows around a vehicle is essential to making it faster and more efficient. Physical testing is expensive due to the costs of models and test facilities. Computer simulation removes the need for these, and enables the engineers to make changes to the design more easily. However, simulating airflow with the required degree of accuracy requires computing power beyond the reach of most designers, mainly due to the capital costs of the equipment.


The Virtual Engineer 2 – Cloud Based Optimisation of Production in the Dairy Sector

The Challenge

The Dairy industry is a low-margin, high turnover industry. Machines can break down up to 3-5 times per year with a breakdown lasting up to 6 days at a time. Annual breakdowns can cost up to €11.4m per machine annually as penalty fines for non-supply, lost milk, clean-up costs and environmental fines can cost the customer up to €380,000 per day.

Earthquake resistant design using FE² technique

The Challenge

Evaluating the reliability of civil engineering structures under extreme loads (earthquake, explosions, flooding, etc.) requires non-linear static and dynamic analyses. To be accurate, these analyses must pay specific attention to structural details which are more likely to contribute to failure. The demand for these kinds of analysis is increasing and is becoming mandatory. These analyses are mostly done by SMEs, but the computing resources needed to generate exploitable results within a reasonable time and cost clearly exceed in-house capabilities.


Cloud-based simulation of the binding capacities of target drug compounds

The Challenge

The journey for a drug from invention to market is a long one. It has been estimated that the time required to develop a new drug de novo ranges between 10 and 17 years; that is, if it ever makes it. The chance for a new drug to actually make it to market is only 1:5,000. These slim chances are accompanied by the high cost for developing a new drug, which may reach an average of US$ 403 million. These rising costs threaten to make the development of new drugs increasingly unaffordable for both companies and patients.

The University of Edinburgh

EPCC is a European centre of excellence in advanced research, technology transfer and the provision of high-performance computing services to academia and industry. Based at the University of Edinburgh’s Bayes Centre, EPCC is the UK's leading centre for high performance computing and data analytics.


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