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Research Focal Area Computational Science and Engineering

Computer Technology for a Knowledge-based Society

Along with experimentation and mathematical calculations, computer simulations have become a third pillar of modern science. Many research questions are now so complicated that they can only be answered with time-consuming numerical calculations. For several years, the computer science services provided by TU Wien have won widespread international acclaim.

Faster, better, more accurate

TU Wien carries out research not only into the fundamentals of computer technology, but also into applications for specific scientific and technological questions. New mathematical methods are being developed to be able to solve a wide variety of computational tasks more efficiently. In information technology, established knowledge in the software and hardware fields is being used to extend the limits of the possible ever further. However, irrespective of how powerful modern parallel computers become, and how clever modern numerical methods are, for the increasing demands that science and technology place upon computers, only the best is good enough.

Whether it is in nuclear physics or construction analysis, in materials chemistry or fluid mechanics, every advance in computing power is used immediately to increase the accuracy and depth of detail of simulations and modeling calculations.

At TU Wien, a particularly powerful mainframe computer is available for numerical simulations: The Vienna Scientific Cluster (VSC) is operated at the TU Wien and is used for a variety of research projects, in collaboration with other Austrian Universities. The computer supported material sciences are an example of the excellent research in this field. The crossfaculty cooperation centre "Computation of Materials" is one of the world's leading research centres for the quantum mechanical calculation of material properties. If the behaviour of the very smallest material  components is understood, it is possible not only to answer fundamental scientific questions, but also to develop new materials for the industry.