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Computational Research and Engineering Acquisition Tools and Environments (CREATE)

Dr. Douglass Post

CREATE Program Manager

Chief Scientist

DoD High Performance Computing Modernization Program

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CREATE Program Concept

  • Enable major improvements in the acquisition process

    • Prevent defects and design flaws early in the acquisition process

    • Reduce rework thereby enabling faster system deployment

  • How?

    • Inject multi-physics based predictions early within the design and analysis process

    • Develop and deploy production quality design and analysis software that is adaptable and maintainable

    • Develop and deploy multi-physics based Computational Engineering tools that exploit next generation computer resources

  • CREATE is a multi-year program, funded at $40M to date

    • Funding started in FY2008

    • Initiated by USD(AT&L) in 2008

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CREATE – Four Projects, Ten Products

  • Air Vehicles

    • DaVinci- Rapid conceptual design

    • Kestrel - High-fidelity, full vehicle, multi-physics analysis tool for fixed-wing aircraft

    • Helios - High-fidelity, full vehicle, multi-physics analysis tool for rotary-wing aircraft

    • Firebolt- Module for propulsion systems in fixed and rotary-wing air vehicles

  • Ships

    • RDI - Rapid Design and Synthesis Capability—Partnership with ONR and NAVSEA

    • NESM - Ship Shock & Damage-prediction of shock and damage effects

    • NAVYFOAM - Ship Hydrodynamics-predict hydrodynamic performance

    • IHDE - Environment to facilitate access to Naval design tools

  • RF Antenna

    • SENTRI - Electromagnetics antenna design integrated with platforms

  • Meshing and Geometry

    • Capstone - Components for generating geometries and meshes

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32 Months After Program Start, CREATE Is Beginning To Deliver Usable Software.

  • 5 beta releases in FY09/10 with V&V and ~ 150 beta testers:

    • Helios 1.0—Accurate calculation of rotorcraft vortex shedding

    • Kestrel 1.0—Rigid body CFD fixed wing AV with preliminary aeroelastics

    • SENTRI 1.0 and 1.5—Initial RF antenna design and analysis with V&V

    • NESM 0.1—Initial ship shock vulnerability analysis for underwater explosions

    • IHDE 1.0—Iinitial user interface for ship hydrodynamics

  • 10 releases planned for FY10/11 and each succeeding year

  • Helios 2.0, Kestrel 2.0, SENTRI 2.0, NESM 1.0 and IHDE 2.0 plus:

    • Rapid design: RDI 1.0 for Ships, DaVinci 1.0 for Aircraft plus SENTRI 2.0

    • Components: Capstone 1.0 for geometry and mesh, Firebolt 1.0 for gas turbines

    • Detailed ship hydrodynamics NavyFoam 2.0 (seakeeping, drag, resistance,…)

  • Developing approaches to improve scalability

Antenna Radiation Near Fields

Kestrel vs. F-16 Flight Data

M=0.95, Alt.=10,000 ft

More accurate vortex shedding

Free Space

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Path Forward

  • DoD has an opportunity to substantially reduce product development time

    • Requires adoption of multi-physics based software design and analysis tools by both government and industry

  • We don’t have a lot of insight into how these products can move into industry

    • Council on Competitiveness studies document that industry has been slow to adopt multi-physics software

  • How do we make this happen?

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Back-up slides

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Present Systems Engineering Iterated DesignBuildTest Cycles


Physical Product


Physical Product




(Many) Design iterations

F-22 Flight Test

  • Long time to deployment

    • Requires many lengthy and expensive design/build/test iteration loops

    • Process converges slowly, if at all

    • Design flaws discovered late in process

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A Paradigm Shift in Product Development Is Underway

  • Past :

    • Repeated DesignBuildTest Cycles

  • Present:

    • Occasionally Augment DesignBuildTest with Limited Single-Physics Analysis by Use of Research or Commercial Codes

  • Future:

    • Design Through Analysis, Multi-Physics Design and Analysis with Supercomputer Power

    • Repeated CADMeshAnalyze Cycles Followed by a Few DesignBuildTest Cycles

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Computer Power




Weapon Capability




Improved safety

Improved robustness


Improved yield

to weight

  • Increasing

  • Computational Design

  • Capability

  • Improvements over time:

  • Solution methods

  • Spatial resolution

  • Temporal resolution

  • Geometric fidelity

    • 1-D to 2-D to 3-D

  • Physics models

  • …….


(even lighter,


Test ban


(even lighter,




(lighter, smaller)







Atomic Bombs

Air Tests

Physics-based Engineering Software Helped The US Win Cold War.

  • Nuclear weapons are complex, expensive, and hard to test

    • ~ 5 to 10 tests per system

  • DOE NNSA uses computational tools for:

    • Design development, optimization, & analysis.

  • DOE NNSA labs own the biggest supercomputers

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Critical Factors for Success

  • We analyzed what worked and what didn’t

    • Must have a lot of experience in computational engineering

    • Must have the right people—especially team leaders who have demonstrated that they can succeed

    • Must have highly skilled and experienced multi-disciplinary team

    • Must have stable support

  • We applied these principles to CREATE

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The CREATE Approach

  • Software is being built by government-led teams

  • Each product has a roadmap

    • Each year there is a release of a usable application

    • Each release builds on the previous release and adds the increased capability called for in the roadmap

    • Each release is beta-tested by targeted user communities before production release

  • Releases are scalable for massively computers and responsive to user requirements

  • Users can access the applications, but we don’t plan to release source code

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Early Success: Rapid Deployment of EP-3E

  • Shadow-Ops: CREATE staff use computational tools to support acquisition programs  provide experience and establish connections and value

  • Performed CFD analysis of impact of electronic countermeasure pod for EP-3E flight clearance--Not sufficient time for conventional process (flight tests)

    • Eliminated construction cost of wind tunnel model and tests and need for contractor flying quality report.

    • Provided aircraft flying qualities characteristics within required time frame.

    • Provided data required to issue flight clearance in time for direct deployment.

  • Reduced overall program cost and time.

  • Only 1 flying qualities flight test required – Saving between 3-4 flight tests.

  • System was deployed in the forward theatre in less than four months instead of twelve

POC: Ms. Ryan Fitzgerald, FQ Engineer NAVAIR

New Forward


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Another Early Success

Improved Flight Certification Process for Marine Corps UAV

8 foot wingspan

Engineers: Drs. Theresa Shafer / Gary N. McQuay - PMA-263 STUAS/Tier II UAS

  • Problem: Expensive and lengthy UAV flight certification for small-vendor designs due to physical testing required for flight data.

  • Solution: Joint Navy and CREATE Air Vehicles Shadow-Ops STUAS project used computational engineering tools to rapidly and cheaply develop the flight certification database.

  • Benefits to DoD Aircraft Programs

    • Reduced time and cost by eliminating the need for physical model testing

    • Enabled industry competitiveness through quick Services assessment of many vendor designs

    • Provided unbiased performance data to STUAS Program Office for assessment of contractor vehicles

  • Six new vendors are now able to compete for UAV contracts

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Some companies have adopted this paradigm.

Design and Mesh Virtual Product

Analyze and Test

Virtual Product

Build and Test

Physical Product



  • Reduced time to market from 3 years to less than 1 year

  • Increased new products delivery from 1 every 3 years to 5 per year

Design iterations

L. K. Miller, Simulation-Based Engineering for Industrial Competitive Advantage, 2010, Computing in Science and Engineering, 12, 14-21

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