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User Story: Enhancing River Health with supercomputing: the approach of Antea Group Belgium Powered by a VSC Grant

Find out in this user story how Antea Group Belgium got jump-started on the Tier-1 infrastructure with an exploratory grant of the Vlaams Supercomputer Centre (this VSC grant offers companies the opportunity to test their software on the Tier-1 supercomputer and determine how much compute time to purchase.) Antea Group Belgium uses computer models to simulate rivers' hydrological, hydrodynamic, and hydro-morphodynamic processes. For example, through simulations, they study how the Barebeek, a small but essential river between Brussels and Mechelen, behaves and changes due to water movement and the shape of the river bed. Detailed projects like these show how river modelling can make a difference in protecting society, saving the environment, and keeping our infrastructure safe.

Atlas Copco - Understanding physics at the microscale in filter media with supercomputing

Streamlines flow through a filter medium coloured by velocity magnitude

Exploration & optimisation of design at Atlas Copco
Atlas Copco specialises in the design, development and manufacture of, amongst others, industrial compressors and expanders, vacuum solutions and air and gas treatment equipment. 
Customers tend to be companies in various industries, from food and beverage, oil and gas, semiconductor, transportation, and construction to medical applications.

User Story Mpacts: leveraging expertise

Spatial sorting and the effect on the computational time
Besides computing infrastructure, VSC also offers a wide range of services to its users. One of these services is helping users to improve their software so it can run more efficiently on the VSC infrastructure. In the case of Mpacts, VSC recommended sorting the particles so that particles close in (simulated) space are also close together in computer memory. This programming technique made the software more efficient and, thus, faster.
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