Using an award from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense University Research Program (DURIP), a team led by Somnath Ghosh, Michael G. Callas Chair Professor in the Department of Civil and Systems Engineering, is creating a dedicated, high-performance computing cluster aimed at enabling efficient, collaborative solutions to challenging multiphysics/multiscale problems in solids and fluids.

The AFOSR- DURIP Computing Cluster (ADCC), located within the Maryland Advanced Research Computing Center (MARCC), will realize transformational changes in advanced systems and materials, fluid-structure interactions, high-speed flows, virtual health monitoring, flow sensing and control, and more—all areas of interest to the U.S. Air Force, according to Ghosh, who is partnering on the project with Rajat Mittal, a professor of mechanical engineering, and Tamer Zaki, an associate professor of mechanical engineering.

“This work not only promotes a vision of value-added productivity and contributions relevant to the Air Force, but also will enable significant code and data sharing with Department of Defense colleagues that will foster technology transfer,” says Ghosh, who also directs the Center for Integrated Structure-Materials Modeling & Simulation (CISMMS) at JHU.

The team expects the cluster to enhance undergraduate and graduate education through the integration of high-performance computing and data-enabled analysis in JHU courses in novel ways.

“This will help us cultivate the next-generation engineering workforce,” he says.

Ghosh and his team are among 150 university researchers at 85 institutions across the country to receive DURIP funding, which this year totaled $50 million. The program’s purpose is to augment current research and allow investigators to develop new capabilities.