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High performance simulation for industry and society

Simulation is a decision support technique used in industry and society. Contemporary simulation software systems limit model size/detail and therefore the quality of results and the amount of investigation/experimentation that can be done in a project.

This work investigates (1) how distributed simulation techniques can be used to create large scale models and (2) how advanced high performance computing architectures (e.g. cloud, exascale computing) and systems (e.g. e-Infrastructures) can be used to speed up simulation experimentation.

Examples of successful projects: we have worked successfully with over 30 companies to create new high performance simulation software, with Saker Solutions and Sellafield PLC to create high performance distributed simulations of nuclear waste reprocessing, with the Ford Motor Company to speed up engine production simulation and with several healthcare institutions to speed up experimentation via science gateways.

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Meet the Principal Investigator(s) for the project

Professor Simon Taylor - Simon J E Taylor is a Professor of Computer Science specialising in Modelling & Simulation and Digital Infrastructures.  He has made many contributions to manufacturing, health care and international development.  He has worked with international consortia (in particular UNICT, WACREN and the UBUNTUNET ALLIANCE) to contribute to the development of National Research and Education Networks in Africa that has impacted over 3 million students and 300 universities. He has also worked with international consortia (in particular Saker Solutions, the University of Westminster, SZTAKI and CloudSME UG) to develop high performance simulation systems that are being used by over 30 European SMEs and large-scale enterprises such as the Ford Motor Company and Sellafield PLC.  He also contributes to the development of Open Science principles and practice for Africa and for Modelling & Simulation as a field. He has led modules in distributed computing in the Department of Computer Science for many years with high module evaluations scores and is an enthusiastic teacher.  He has also led the development of several postgraduate degrees.  He has supervised over 20 doctoral students, has examined more than 25 doctoral students from across the world and has managed over 15 research fellows. Professor Taylor co-founded and is a former Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Simulation and the UK Operational Research Society Simulation Workshop Series.  He chaired ACM SIGSIM between 2005-2008 and since then has been an active member of the ACM SIGSIM Steering Committee. He has chaired international standardisation groups under the Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization and has conducted several organisational review panels (e.g., DSTL) and simulation audits. He is currently the executive chair for the annual Simulation Exploration Experience (https://www.exploresim.com/) and a member of the Computer Simulation Archive steering committee (https://d.lib.ncsu.edu/computer-simulation/).  He has also chaired several conferences and is the General Chair for the IEEE/ACM 2025 Winter Simulation Conference.

Related Research Group(s)

Modelling and Simulation

Modelling and Simulation - Investigating how modelling and simulation can be supported by research into high-performance computing, e-infrastructures, cyberinfrastructures, cloud computing and web-based simulation.


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Project last modified 19/10/2021