About The Center

Our Vision

To share and discover new ways in which computer modeling, simulation, and visualization can foster innovation and scientific discovery.
Combine cutting edge research and education in applied computing with a strong outreach effort.

Who We Are

The initiative of establishing the Wisconsin Applied Computing Center was motivated by the belief that modeling, simulation, and visualization are poised to become more prevalent in solving concrete engineering problems and in fostering innovation. The center is started by three UW-Madison faculty whose interests are complementary and build on the same need-for-computation foundation. These faculty have taught courses in Geometric Modeling, Computational Mechanics of Deformable Bodies, Computational Dynamics, Finite Element Analysis and Optimal Design, and High Performance Computing for Engineering Applications. The center operates a CPU-GPU heterogeneous supercomputer that will be expanded this Fall to become the fastest supercomputer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A $120,000 grant received from the Army Research Office will more than double the current size and Flops rate of the supercomputer, which on a smaller scale has the same hardware structure as the Tianhe supercomputer, currently the fastest supercomputer in China and second fastest in the world.

We believe that our knowledge, skills, and combined hardware assets are marketable and can provide value to outside partners as proved by the sizeable number of current collaborations with industry and government agencies. The ability to carry out large finite element analyses, run combined electrostatics and granular dynamics simulations, or solve a spatial configuration task in manufacturing are difficult problems that require both know-how and compute power to be solved expeditiously. The center operates the second fastest supercomputer at UW-Madison, which places it in a unique position to provide the ideal environment in which challenging engineering problems can be solved using new techniques for advanced computing. The center will also have access to a high-throughput infrastructure exposed through the Condor project, which further positions the center to promote itself as the provider of solutions for large scale multi-physics problems.

The center will concentrate its research on new algorithms and will develop modern software solutions that can be used to solve real-life engineering problems. The value proposition for our non-academic members stems from two aspects. These members will (a) gain access to cutting edge research carried out in the area of applied computing (algorithms, software, multi-physics simulation), and (b) get the opportunity to use the internally-developed research-grade software on state-of-the-art hardware assets to assess early on the potential of emerging methods that can become breakthroughs in specific application areas.

We believe that owing to its broad appeal and wide spectrum of application areas, the center will attract other UW-Madison colleagues who can leverage the center’s expertise and hardware assets in advancing their research, educational, and outreach agendas.