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Computational Steering in the Problem Solving Environment WBCSim

Shu, Jiang and Watson, Layne T. and Ramakrishnan, Naren and Kamke, Frederick A. and Deshpande, Shubhangi (2009) Computational Steering in the Problem Solving Environment WBCSim. Technical Report TR-09-08, Computer Science, Virginia Tech.

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Computational steering allows scientists to interactively control a numerical experiment and adjust parameters of the computation on-the-fly and explore “what if ” analysis. Computational steering effectively reduces computational time, makes research more efficient, and opens up new product design opportunities. There are several problem solving environments (PSEs) featuring computational steering. However, there is hardly any work explaining how to enable computational steering for PSEs embedded with legacy simulation codes. This paper describes a practical approach to implement computational steering for such PSEs by using WBCSim as an example. WBCSim is a Web based simulation system designed to increase the productivity of wood scientists conducting research on wood-based composites manufacturing processes. WBCSim serves as a prototypical example for the design, construction, and evaluation of small-scale PSEs. Various changes have been made to support computational steering across the three layers—client, server, developer—comprising the WBCSim system. A detailed description of the WBCSim system architecture is presented, along with a typical scenario of computational steering usage.

Item Type:Departmental Technical Report
Keywords:computational steering, problem solving environment, computing environment, wood-based composite materials, database management
Subjects:Computer Science > Numerical Analysis
ID Code:1069
Deposited By:Administrator, Eprints
Deposited On:26 May 2009