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Pointwise Heads Unstructured Meshing R&D Project
Posted Fri March 14, 2003 @03:06PM
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Grid Generation Pointwise, Inc. has been awarded a research and development contract worth an estimated $500,000 from the United States Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) for the development of an application programming interface (API) for unstructured meshing. Work on the 24 month research project, titled Geometry and Grid Modeling for Numerical Simulation (GGMNS), began in November 2002.

The goal of the GGMNS project is to develop an API to serve as a programming guideline for researchers developing new unstructured meshing techniques. AFRL and other agencies often fund such development with the hope that the new techniques will be incorporated into meshing applications for the benefit of the end user. However, without a standard API, the software implementation of meshing research often requires considerable rework for integration into existing software. The rework is often sufficiently large that integration is never attempted or completed, and the end-user never benefits from the results of the research. A standard API would also benefit meshing researchers by allowing them to use existing meshing applications as frameworks for their research, rather than spending resources developing their own application frameworks.


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Pointwise leads a broad industry team on the GGMNS project. The team includes subcontractors Boeing Phantom Works (St. Louis, Missouri) and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company (Fort Worth, Texas), and consultant Basis Software (Fort Worth, Texas). "We are very excited to be working for AFRL with this world-class team," said Dr. John P. Steinbrenner, Pointwise's Vice President of Research and Development and principal researcher on the GGMNS project. A GGMNS project web site will be maintained at http://www.pointwise.com/ggmns/. GGMNS is an outgrowth of the efforts of the Unstructured Grid Consortium, an informal group of government, academic, and industry organizations committed to improving the interoperability and reuse of unstructured grid generation tools and technology.

Frank Witzeman, Chief of the Computational Sciences Center of Excellence, AFRL, states that "the GGMNS project has great potential for mutual benefit across many labs, the aerospace industry, and eventually the commercial sector. AFRL is a leader in fostering such innovative research, and the Pointwise team is providing us an excellent mix of expertise in software engineering, mesh generation and industrial application."

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