• About Center

    Chisachi KatoCenter Director, Professor In April 2018, the Center for Research on Innovative Simulation Software (CISS) entered the third phase of its research activities with the addition of three new members.

    The CISS was inaugurated in January 2008 as the official research center of Institute of Industrial Science (IIS) of the University of Tokyo to carry on the research activities of the Collaborative Research Center for Frontier Simulation Software for Industrial Science, established in January 2002 and reorganized in April 2013. During this time, we have focused on the following objectives: 1) research and development of advanced and world's leading simulation software, 2) dissemination of research products to the community, and 3) reinforcement of the educational foundation to increase the human resources for using and developing advanced simulation software.

    One of the objectives of the first phase of the CISS was to drive the "Research and Development of Innovative Simulation Software (RISS)" project (from October 2008 to March 2013), sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). In addition, the CISS promoted the project "Strategic Programs for Innovative Research (SPIRE), Field 4: Industrial Innovation" (from FY 2011 to FY 2015), also supported by MEXT. Within these projects, the CISS has developed fundamental simulation software efficiently running in high-performance computing (HPC) environments, with a strong collaboration among industry, academia, and government. In addition, the CISS has used the K computer to carry out validation studies on the developed simulation software. These results were achieved by performing a simulation with a specific accuracy that could replace wind tunnel and water tank tests and work under real-time conditions.

    Now, in the third phase, to achieve the abovementioned objectives, the CISS is still promoting the research and development of advanced simulation software and the collaboration among industry, academia, and government for the application of the advanced products obtained. In addition, the CISS aims at developing an original computational science methodology by combining principles of large-scale data analysis and original algorithms for future computing environments.

    Regarding the objective of research and development of advanced simulation software, CISS is currently conducting studies for contribution to the resolution of social and scientific issues by using the Post-K computer within the projects "Priority Issue 8: Development of Innovative Design and Production Processes that Lead the Way for the Manufacturing Industry in the Near Future" and "Priority Issue 6: Accelerated Development of Innovative Clean Energy Systems", which are led by the CISS and by the School of Engineering of the University of Tokyo, respectively. These projects cover two of the nine priority issues of the project "Social and Scientific Priority Issues to be Tackled by Using Post-K Computer", sponsored by MEXT.

    The Post-K project will end in March 2019. After that, researches for demonstrating the effects of the developed simulation software and translating them into practical applications will be promoted. We believe that, by supporting activities for the dissemination of the results obtained, the CISS will significantly contribute to enhancing the industrial competitive advantage. We appreciate your continued understanding and support for the activities of the CISS.

    Chisachi Kato, Center Director, Professor