Success Story

Muscle3 Empowers Multiscale Computing

Innovation knows no bounds in the ever-evolving landscape of technology. One remarkable example of this evolution is Muscle3, a cutting-edge computer simulation tool that has charted an impressive journey from its origins in fusion energy research to its current status as a pivotal player in multiscale computing. Developed as part of the Multiscale Coupling Library and Environment (MUSCLE) at the Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research (DIFFER), Muscle3 has transcended its origins in fusion research to become a cornerstone in the realm of multiscale computing.

Exploring fusion materials

Muscle3 emerged as the third iteration of the Multiscale Coupling Library and Environment (MUSCLE) framework, born within the halls of the Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research (DIFFER). Designed to explore the intricate dynamics of materials within fusion reactors, Muscle3 quickly established itself as a vital tool in the pursuit of clean and sustainable energy solutions. Its ability to simulate material movement and behavior, while accommodating uncertainty, made it indispensable in the demanding realm of fusion research.

Expanding Horizons

While Muscle3 was conceived within the fusion community, its potential transcended the confines of this specialized field. Recognizing its versatility and power, Muscle3 found a new home in the Horizon2020-funded project, Verified Exascale Computing for Multiscale Applications (VECMA). VECMA, with its ambitious goal of enabling multiscale, multi-physics applications to run on both current and emerging high-performance computing (HPC) platforms, identified Muscle3 as an essential component for achieving its objectives.

Unlocking Multidisciplinary Potential

The integration of Muscle3 into the VECMA project marked a significant milestone in the realm of multiscale computing research. With Muscle3’s capabilities at their disposal, researchers gained unprecedented insight into complex phenomena spanning diverse domains. From global climate dynamics to pharmaceutical discoveries, Muscle3 facilitated groundbreaking research across a spectrum of scientific disciplines. Its versatility and power accelerated the pace of innovation, opening new avenues for transformative discoveries.

Impact and Future Outlook

Muscle3’s journey from fusion-centric origins to a universal research tool exemplifies the transformative potential of technology transfer. As it continues to empower researchers and drive progress forward, Muscle3 promises to reshape the landscape of scientific exploration. With its ability to transcend boundaries and foster collaboration, Muscle3 stands as a testament to the power of innovation and adaptation in shaping the future.

Figure 1 – Overview of the VECMA components