Development partners and interests

The development of GPUSPH features is guided and funded by government agencies and industrial and academic partners. The relevant features are usually developed privately, and get merged into the main code as they reach maturity.

The Italian Department of Civil Protection (DPC) and National Institute for Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) are mainly interested in GPUSPH for lava flow hazard assessment. Their interest is therefore focused on the development of models for highly-viscous, thermal-dependent non-Newtonian fluids, and fluid/solid interaction.

The Johns Hopkins University focus for GPUSPH is on ocean engineering and tsunami hazard assessment and risk mitigation. Violent and turbulent flows, and fluid/solid interaction are their main features of interest.

The Coastal Studies Institute is interested in GPUSPH for the modelling and simulation of wave energy capture. Accurate fluid/solid interaction and energy analysis are their main features of interest.

Électricité de France has been funding the development of GPUSPH for purposes of river waterworks design and, more recently, for nuclear safety purposes, in particular regarding the risk of flooding for coastal power plants. The main focuses are the accurate representation of boundary conditions (walls but also fictitious open boundaries), the modelling of sediment transport and air entrainment, as well as breaking waves in near-shore areas.

The Bundesanstalt für Wasserbau has tested GPUSPH for hydraulic engineering applications such as ship locks and fish passes, contributing to the development of the MPI-based multi-node version of the simulator