Friday, March 03, 2006

SBES: Simulation-Based Engineering Science

A Blue Ribbon Panel on Simulation-Based Engineering Science, chaired by Professor J. Tinsley Oden of University of Texas at Austin, was recently appointed by National Science Foundation to explore the challenges and potential benefits of SBES, as well as the barriers to its development. The final report, entitled "Simulation-Based Engineering Science - Revolutionizing Engineering through Simulation", is now available. The report contains findings and recommendations of the Panel to NSF, and identifies several areas in which SBES can play a remarkable role in promoting developments vital to the health, security, and technological competitiveness of the nation.

Some quotes from the report to give you a quick feeling:

"SBES constitutes a new paradigm that will be indispensable in meeting the scientific and engineering challenges of the twenty-first century."

"If an industry is to replace testing with simulation, the simulation tools must undergo robust verification and validation procedures for effectiveness."

"The development of effective multiscale modeling techniques will require major breakthroughs in computational mathematics and new thinking on how to model natural events occurring at multiple scales."

"The era in which data-intensive computing and large-scale scientific computing were essentially disjoint camps is over."

"NSF will need to collaborate with other federal agencies to open the door for a new generation of multidisciplinary research."

"Within NSF, SBES should represent a new and fundamental thread of the Cyberinfrastructure theme, one that could well call for a parallel program that interfaces every division with the Directorate of Engineering, if not across the entire Foundation."

Also noted is:

"Although this report was prepared by an officially appointed advisory panel to the National Science Foundation, all opinions, findings, and recommendations expressed here are those of the Panel and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation."

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