The ADVanced ENgineering analysis Tool for Ultra large REal world ADVENTURE is another ambitious Japanese FE-based project using the resources of the "world's fastest computer 30-100 Tflops in 2002", but see also GeoFEM which is designed to operate in a similar virtual computing environment (the Earth Simulator). The 2 projects could well be using the same hardware(?).
The ADVENTURE Project focuses attention on computational mechanics problems with large variations in scale. Such an application might require an FE model with 10-100 million DOF. With a virtual parallel computer capable of 30-100 Tflops the problem could be analysed on a time scale of 1 hr-1 day.
The project is supported by the Research for the Future Program, and led by Prof. Shinobu Yoshimura at the University of Tokyo. There are about 30 active participants at a number of academic institutions and research establishments.
The Project is divided into a number of subprojects including those for preprocessing (mesh generation and domain decomposition); problem design and solution processing (solver, nonlinear structural problems, impact and contact problems, rigid-plastic problems, composite materials, fluid analyses, magnetic field analysis, nonlinear material modelling, and optimization); and post-processing (visualisation); among others.