Tatsuo Nishikawa has received an award for a paper on computational fluid dynamics (CFD) that he presented at the International Conference on Computer Applications and Information Technology in the Maritime Industries (COMPIT) in Germany in May.
Dr Nishikawa manages the design system development section at the Shipbuilding Research Centre of Japan. The DNV GL COMPIT award was made to recognise his paper’s contribution to the use of high performance computing in the maritime industry, the class society said in a statement.
The paper presented numerical ship propulsion tests performed on Japan’s K computer, currently the fifth largest computer in the world, using 60 billion cells and 200,000 cores in parallel. This is 10,000 times the number of cells and cores available to even the most powerful computing clusters currently used in industry applications, DNV GL commented.
“Dr Nishikawa’s paper gives us a preview of what we can expect to see in CFD as we are able to access greater computing power over the coming years,” said Volker Bertram, senior project manager for fluid engineering at DNV GL and one of COMPIT’s organisers. “Over the next 10 to 15 years the industry will begin to have comparable processing capability at its disposal and will benefit from Dr Nishikawa’s pioneering work.”