While simulation is certainly not new, developments in methods, functionality, ease of use, and computing power are making simulation accessible to more and more professionals. Simulation today is available on every engineer's desk for direct, rapid tests, verifications of design, or analysis in the form of accessible products usable by non-simulation experts. Simulation tools are also available with capabilities demanded by extremely complex simulation systems. This expansion of simulation tools is accompanied by a rapid expansion of computing power available through cloud-computing resources as well as hybrid CPU & GPU computing platforms.
In this setting, NAFEMS is a 30 year veteran in the simulation market. The non-profit organization is an independent resource in the simulation world and present across the globe. The organization has been active in France for many years. 2014 is the 3rd bi-annual conference.
François Costes opened the conference welcoming the visitors and thanking the many individuals presenting during the two days sharing their expertise and experience during the conference.
Trends in simulation include changes in modeling, material simulation, computing capacity, and trained simulation professionals
The NAFEMS managing director, Tim Morris, welcomed the attendees at the conference with a list of trends. This includes a convergence between CAE and systems engineering, computing capacity, changes in modeling complete systems, and a lack of engineers suitably trained in simulation techniques.
The last point deserves special consideration. While tools for modeling complex systems and simulation capabilities for experts in the field continue to evolve rapidly, simulation tools are being simultaneously democratized across the entire design and engineering field. Certainly these new simulation tools, which are often found in suite-products from CAD and PLM vendors, have interfaces adopted to engineer and design professionals. This doesn't solve the requirement for simulation training, rather the opposite, it increases the demand for engineers trained in simulation.
In all of the above areas, NAFEMS strives to be a resource to the industry. The organization works to support companies as they begin or expand their efforts in simulation systems.