New computing systems, future computing environment, and their implications on structural analysis and designRecent advances in computer technology that are likely to impact structural analysis and design of flight vehicles are reviewed. A brief summary is given of the advances in microelectronics, networking technologies, and in the user-interface hardware and software. The major features of new and projected computing systems, including high performance computers, parallel processing machines, and small systems, are described. Advances in programming environments, numerical algorithms, and computational strategies for new computing systems are reviewed. The impact of the advances in computer technology on structural analysis and the design of flight vehicles is described. A scenario for future computing paradigms is presented, and the near-term needs in the computational structures area are outlined.
Noor, Ahmed K. (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Housner, Jerrold M. (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)