Industry, Research and User Symposium

The HiPC Industry/User Symposium aims at bringing together the users / practitioners of HPC including both commercial and non-commercial users, and giving them a platform to share their challenges and successes, as well as to discuss relevant technology issues.

1. Computational Fluid Dynamics in Automotive Sector

Session Leaders:
Kaustubh Nande, Ansys - India
Sunil Sherlekar, Intel - India


Simulation in general and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) in particular, have been part of the Automotive industry for quite some time now. Given the growing importance of the product research within the Indian automotive industry, special focus of this session is on automotive applications that are high on computing resources. Of late we have seen rapid drop in cost of large computing power that has enabled the use of increasingly sophisticated models for automotive simulation. This has resulted in simulation results that are closer to experimental results and more interestingly-engineers can now obtain information from simulation that otherwise could not be obtained by an experiment. In short we want to understand how automotive sector has exploited the benefits of engineering simulation to shorten product development times, optimize existing products and ensure greater product integrity. Speakers from the Automotive Computational Fluid Dynamics domain who work or have had exposure with complex automotive simulation models will speak at this session. At the end of the session attendees at HiPC2012 will gain an enhanced user perspective of HPC within the automotive engineering simulation domain..

Speakers: Confirmed speakers include
  • Anutosh Moitra, Head of Aerospace Technology, TCS
  • Relationship of HPC to CFD analysis in product development in the automotive/Aerospace industry

    Bio: Dr. Anutosh Moitra serves as head of Aerospace Technology in the Engineering & Industrial Services organization at TCS. Dr. Moitra coordinates TCS's involvement in India's aerospace development programs and leads various research teams to generate innovative solutions to problems in airplane design and performance analysis in commercial and defence airplane programs globally. He is responsible for formulating and executing TCS's strategies for technological collaborations with India's aerospace partners. Dr. Moitra's professional experience spans 28 years at NASA and the Boeing Company in USA, and as Head of Aerospace and Distinguished Scientist at Computational Research Laboratory in Pune, 2011-2012.
    Before joining CRL in 2011 Dr. Moitra was a member of Technical Fellowship at Boeing in the Enabling Technology and Research organization. Dr. Moitra's pioneering contributions to Computational Fluid Dynamics were key to the success of many design projects at Boeing. Prior to joining Boeing Dr. Moitra served as a Principal Scientist at NASA Langley Research Center. He has received numerous recognitions and awards at Boeing and NASA for leading teams to generate innovative solutions to problems in airplane design and operation.

    Abstract: CFD simulation needs in the automotive industry including aerospace have been a major driver for development in HPC technology over the past several decades. The relationship between HPC technology innovations and CFD process advancements have become increasingly stronger in recent years due to substantial increase in the use of CFD in product development in the automotive industry. This presentation will address the salient features of this relationship in the context of delivering value in the product development process. Issues to be discussed will include processing power, algorithms needed for new architectures, and mode of use of HPC for industrial needs.

  • Santosh Ansumali, JNCASR
  • Anil Kumar, Tata Technologies
  • Computational Needs for CAE led Automotive Design

    Bio: Anil has joined TATA Motors in 1994 after finishing ME (Mechanical) from IISc Bangalore. Finished his graduation from IIT-Bombay in 1992. Currently responsible for Vehicle Performance Group - consisting of Crash Safety, NVH (Noise, Vibration & Refinement), Durability, Dynamics, Climate Control & Aero-thermal groups. These team are responsible for CAE & Attribute leadership for all the of the TML product range. Functional responsibilities include methods, processes and capability development in these areas.

    Abstract: This presentation will cover the following:

    1. Current state
      • Typical product development process
      • current state of simulation work
      • current state of computational requirements
      • Changes due to 'CAE led design' approach
      • Change in product development process
      • Changes in application of analysis & simulation capabilities in product development
      • Simulation requirements & the roadmap - for development of robust designs
    2. Computational needs & challenges
      • Typical increase in computational needs
      • Typical product development situations - leading to variety in scale of problems

  • Gopal R. Shevare, IIT Bombay
  • Ryutaro Himeno san, Director, Advanced Center for Computing and Communication, RIKEN
  • Aim of the K computer development and its impact on industrial manufacturing

    Bio: Ryutaro HIMENO received the B.E. and the M.E. from Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan in 1977 and 1979, respectively. He received Doctor of Engineering degree from the University of Tokyo in 1988. In 1979, he joined Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Yokosuka, Japan, where he has been engaged in the research of applying Computational Fluid Dynamics analysis to the car aerodynamic development. From 1984 to 1986, he served as a researcher at the Institute of Space and Astronautically Science, Tokyo, Japan. In 1999, he joined RIKEN. He is now the director of Advanced Center for Computing and Communication, Deputy Program Director of Computational Science Research Program and Group Director of Research and Development of Integrated Simulation of Living Matter at RIKEN. He is a visiting Professor at the Kobe University, Hokkaido University and Tokyo Denki University. He is also well known researcher in Baseball Physics. He was a winner of 2006 Gordon Bell Prize (Honorable Mention, Peak Performance, with Dr. Tetsu Narumi, et al) and Computer Visualization Contest in 2000 by Nikkei Science. He received both JSME Computational Mechanics Award and Computational Award by Japan Association of Computational Mechanics in 2011 as well as JSME Computational Mechanics Achievement Award in 1997 and JSME Youth Engineer Award in 1988. He was also awarded Paper Award by NICOGRAPH in 1993, Giga FLOPS Award by CRAY Research Inc. in 1990 and other awards.

    Abstract: In 2006, we started the next generation supercomputer R&D project in Japan. Its goal is not only to produce the world fastest supercomputer but also to increase competitiveness of Japan's both academy and industry through computer simulation using world fastest class supercomputer. In fact, Japanese automotive industry increased their competitiveness using computer simulation to reduce development cycle and experimental costs in 1990s. Japanese government decided to help not only academia but also private section by providing world-class national infrastructures such as supercomputer and experimental facilities. In this talk, how supercomputer increases competitiveness of industries will be shown using actual examples in Japanese automotive industry.

  • Vaibhav Dixit, ANSYS
  • Sandeep Shetty, ANSYS

2. Big Data Meets High Performance Computing

Session Leaders:
Stefan Heinzel, Garching Computing Centre (RZG), Max Planck Society, Germany
Vipin Chaudhari, University at Buffalo, USA, and CEO of CRL, Pune


Modern HPC simulations in many areas of science, engineering, medicine, and economics are leading to increasingly problematic challenges in the area of data management. These challenges are related to the ever increasing volume of data, the speed of access to this data during application runtime, and the subsequent offline analysis of the data. Clearly, the storage, management, and analysis of such enormous data flows will require substantial computing power and innovations in data centric computing. The data explosion has engendered significant debate the appropriate computer architectures and methods to address the discovery analytics requirements of these massive data sets. As the data grows in both size and complexity, it is now increasingly important that the data which is produced is well structured and augmented with descriptive metadata so that it may be adequately deposited in data repositories.

This symposium will bring together HPC experts and researchers from India, the U.S. and Europe, covering a broad range of scientific disciplines and providing many viewpoints. The joint session will foster a closer collaboration among researchers from these regions and disciplines. The overall goal of the symposium is to provide a forum for presenting state of the art data handling techniques and practices from the different areas of science, for discussing issues, and for exchanging expertise.

3. The Play of Technology in the Animation/VFX game

Session Leaders:
Jai Natarajan, Xentrix Studios - India
Shajy Thomas, TCS - India


The world of Computer Animation and Visual Effects (VFX) demands extreme technology, be it large high-performance compute farms for rendering, high throughput performance storage and network for handling large unstructured file data, or scientific software. These technologies have made it possible to service the increasingly complex demands of iterative CGI content creation.

Any successful creation of high quality Animation and VFX content largely depends on the creative process, pipeline and compute infrastructure. With the huge demand for these kinds of products, the viewer's expectations for newer movies have increased significantly, while production schedules are constantly shrinking. This forces the directors and producers to experiment with newer complex ideas. Over the years we have seen great advances in processing power, memory speed, graphics, storage and network engineering. They all have played substantial roles in increased productivity with greater quality, but the technology versus quality battle can best be described as "running to stay in place". With the availability of a high computing infrastructure, it is now possible to significantly reduce the time taken to release a movie to the market provided the IT infrastructure is designed and leveraged correctly.

In this session we have eminent industry speakers sharing their production experiences, the role of technology in the pipeline, the technology challenges and their expectations from the technology partners for supporting their next generation media content.

Speakers: Confirmed speakers include
  • Feroz Sheikh, Vice President-IT , Prime Focus Ltd.
  • Parag Patil, Head of Technology, Krayon Pictures

4. Computational Challenges in in large scale molecular dynamics simulations

Session Leaders:
Ananda Sekhar Bhattacharjee, NVidia - India


High-performance computing solutions for computational chemistry/molecular dynamics applications are used extensively by Industry, Government Laboratories, and Universities involved in the research and development of new materials. There is constant need to solve larger problems with greater accuracy and to generate faster results in order to reduce workflow cycle time. This accelerates development tremendously, and puts high demands on simulation software, computer architecture and support services.

The objective of this workshop is to provide a platform for researchers, engineers, academicians as well as industrial professionals from all over the world to present their research results and development activities in Computational Chemistry and Molecular Dynamics Simulations. This workshop will provide opportunities for the delegates to exchange new ideas and application experiences face to face, to establish business or research relationships and to find global partners for future collaboration.

Speakers: Confirmed speakers include
  • Sunil Kumar, IIT Madras
  • Bio: Dr.Sunil Kumar is Prof. at IIT Madras, Department of Physics. His Research interests are in biological physics and soft matter. His current interests are in the fields of active systems, polyelectrolytes, membranes and rheological properties of micellar solutions. More details at

  • Sanjay Joshi, CTO Life Sciences - EMC Isilon Storage Division
  • Bio: Sanjay Joshi is the CTO, Life Sciences at the EMC Isilon Storage Division and based in Seattle, USA. His 22 year career has spanned the entire gamut of life-sciences from clinical and biotechnology research to healthcare informatics to medical devices. His current focus is Big Data in Genomics and Proteomics. Sanjay was the recipient of a $425,000 NIH Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant for "proteomics processing using networked instrument routers". He has also been a consultant on several NIH grants. He is actively involved in non-profit biotech networking and educational organizations in the Seattle area. His recent experience has included Cloud architectures for Healthcare EMR data and Life Sciences; multi-dimensional data analysis in Proteomics and Flow Cytometry; FDA and HIPAA computer systems validations; LIMS design and compliance for the genomics and biotechnology industry; translational research in embryology and imaging technologies. Sanjay received his Bachelors in Instrumentation Technology from Bangalore University with honors and Master of Biomedical Engineering from the University of New South Wales, Sydney. He also completed PhD courses in Molecular Biotechnology at the University of Washington, Seattle.

  • Shashank Shekar, Senior Project Scientist, IIT Delhi
  • Bio: Shashank is a Senior Project Scientist at IIT Delhi Supercomputing facility for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. His area of work is in High Performance Computing , Cluster & Resource Management and his area of interest are MPI implementation on Linux and Solaris based High end Servers, Grid technology, Shell Scripting.

  • Anirban Banerjee, Asst. Prof.- IISER Kolkata
  • Bio: Dr.Anirban Banerjee is Asst. Prof. at IISER Kolkata in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics, Department of Biological Sciences. His Research interests are in the area of Spectral graph theory, Structure and evolution of biological networks and Human brain functional networks. He holds a PhD from Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences (Thesis submitted at the University of Leipzig) - Germany (2008), Advanced diploma in bioinformatics, University of Calcutta - India (2003), MSc in mathematics, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur - India (2002).

  • Bhaskar Saha, NCCS Pune
  • Simon See, Director & Chief Solutions Architect- NVIDIA Asia Pac
  • Bio: Dr Simon See is currently Director and Chief Solutions Architect of NVIDIA Asia Pacific Professional Solution Group. He is also a Professor at Shanghai Jiaotong University (China) and King-Mong Kung Technical Univ in Thailand. Also Professor See is the Chief Scientific Computing Advisor to BGI (China). Dr See graduated from University of Salford with a Doctorate in Applied Mathematics/Engineering. Prior to NVIDIA, he worked for DSO National Lab, IBM, SGI and Sun Microsystems. He research interests are Computer Architecture and Systems, Simulation and Applied mathematics. He has published 70+ peer reviewed papers.

IRUS Co-Chairs

  • Vipin Chaudhary, CRL, India
    email: vipinc at gmail dot com
  • Jigar Halani, Wipro, India
    email: jigar dot halani at wipro dot com


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