Technical Computing Department


Microsoft Innovation Center for Technical Computing

The Technical Computing department is your competent partner for:



  • IT infrastructure (workstations, clusters, GPUs and cloud computing)
  • Physical Modeling
  • Numerical simulations (with different commercial tools)
  • Software development

The Microsoft Innovation Center for Technical Computing supports industry with the practical applications of modern simulation tools and high-performance computing. It is a unique collaboration between the HSR, Microsoft and Fujitsu to promote the Microsoft technologies as a platform for technical computing. It combines our longstanding experience with numerical simulations in the industry and established knowledge of Microsoft technologies and software development.

The Microsoft Innovation Center has an excellent IT infrastructure for high-performance computing. This infrastructure allows our students and scientists to conduct advanced numerical simulations and experiments with parallel programming. Our research is based on close cooperation with industry.

We are happy to advise and assist you in all areas of numerical simulations and technical computing.

Key Competences

Numerical Methods


Turbulent Flows and Multi-physics Modeling

Energy and Environment


Sparse Linear Algebra


Finite Volume Methods


Finite Element Methods


Computational Acoustics


Compressible Flows


Incompressible Flows


Plasma Simulations



Physical modeling is conducted with our simulation codes or commercial software (Ansys, Comsol, MSC Software, Matlab).


Current and past projects  

Optimization of the startup of vertical wind turbine with H-rotor

Wind turbines with vertical axis have many advantages but one major drawback: they need to be initialized. In this project, a solution concept was developed in which there is a double H-rotor from a combination of external and internal rotors. The investigations showed that the concept of the double H-rotor allows for efficient initialization of the turbine.


Forces on a chairlift during the wind storm


What forces act on a lift chair during a storm? Bartholet Maschinenbau AG would like to answer this question by means of flow simulations performed by IET.


Indoor simulation for optimization of heating and cooling ceiling systems (with Barcol Air)

Optimal indoor climate can be guaranteed by high quality cooling or heating ceiling systems


For perfect comfort in indoors we have studied physical phenomena such as development of the air draught, analysis of cold fronts and temperature fluctuations and optimized the design parameters. Similarly, we provided an optimized the energy model of heating and cooling panels. During we have developed a novel approach to activation of the building envelope in form of a thermal mass.



Past Projects  



Fig. Our past projects were related to multiphysics simulations. Examples encompass simulation of the lift chair, ship’s propereller, oscillator, a motorboat with an electric drive and motorbike and a terrain.



A list of completed projects can be found here (in German).



HPC Cluster

Windows Server 2012 with HPC Pack

384 CPU cores -> 32 nodes with
2x Intel Xeon E5645 @ 2.40GHz 6-core CPU

40Gbit Infiniband Network

48GB of RAM on each node

16TB storage

Wind Energy Laboratory


Wind Tunnel equipped with a miniaturized wind turbine

that is controlled programmatically and can be instantly calibrated and validated.








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