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    Research and Development of Innovative Simulation Software Project Start

    "Research and Development of Innovative Simulation Software" has been adopted by the Ministry of Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology as a project theme under its program for Research and Development of Next Generation IT Infrastructure. The Center for Research on Innovative Simulation Software (CISS) will lead the project. The new project, which will run for five years (October 1, 2008 through fiscal 2012), will inherit and build upon the successes of its predecessors: Frontier Simulation Software for Industrial Science (FY 2002 to 2005) and Revolutionary Simulation Software (FY 2005 to 2007).

    The purpose of the project is to contribute to innovation in industry, to develop original Japanese simulation software, and to promote its widespread practical use. In particular, the project will focus on processes related to development and design (new methods), product innovation (new products and quality creation), and original software to support an innovation infrastructure.

    Under the direction of CISS, the project will bring together over 70 researchers from various organizations. They include the School of Engineering, University of Tokyo; Research into Artifacts, the Center for Engineering, University of Tokyo; the National Institute of Health Sciences; the National Institute for Material Science; and the Research Organization for Information Science & Technology. Software manufacturers will also participate. Project achievements will be channeled to the development of practical applications and user interfaces. R&D will proceed in close cooperation with the Industrial Committee for Super Computing Promotion. This will promote smooth discussions on specifications and consistency in proof testing. R&D efforts will aim to benefit three sectors at the core of the long-term industrial development: manufacturing, biotechnology, and nanotechnology.

    With the extraordinary advances in high performance processing, such as the planned launch of a next-generation super computer in 2011, massive parallel computing is developing into a powerful industry. Thus, R&D efforts will also aim for innovative improvements in massive parallel computing. That is, improvements that will maximize the performance of core solvers composed of tens of thousands of CPUs.

    In addition to the research organizations already mentioned, we look forward to cooperating closely with RIKEN, the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and advanced computing centers at other universities. Our ultimate goal is to work together to develop a program that leads the way to an infrastructure of innovation creation.

    The Center for Research on Innovative Simulation Software
    Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo

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