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For more information, please contact:
Tyler Smithson, P.E.

For Immediate Release

CSAR Receives CHSSI Funding for Scaleable FEA Algorithms

Agoura Hills, CA - CSAR Corporation has been awarded a new three year contract with the US Department of Defense (DoD) under the High Performance Computing (HPC) Modernization Program to produce a scaleable, parallel version of CSA/NASTRAN for distributed memory supercomputers and workstations.

"We have invested extensively over the past five years to produce state-of-the-art shared memory parallel processing in our products. This award will continue to strengthen CSAR’s ongoing parallel development efforts with the emerging scaleable, distributed memory architectures." Our staff is proficient in modern computer science methods and languages, including C,  C++, Fortran 99, Visual Basic, Java, and Perl, etc.  We also have extensive expertise in ERP, Databases, and custom development.

  • Tom Forrest, Vice President

CSAR will be working on the Small Deformation Structural Mechanics (CSM-1) portion of the Common HPC Software Support Initiative (CHSSI). The primary products of this effort will be:

  • Scaleable algorithms and software for the key numerical routines in linear, small deformation finite element codes (real and complex matrix decomposition and equation solution, and real eigenanalysis).
  • Implementation of these and other scaleable routines into one commercial version of NASTRAN: CSA/NASTRAN. CSA/NASTRAN is a commercial FEA code developed by CSAR. CSAR is the vendor, which provides NASTRAN services at the HPC CEWES site in Vicksburg, MS and the HPC ARL site in Aberdeen, MD. These sites have over $700,000,000 dollars of computer hardware at each site.

The algorithms will be developed in sufficient generality and portability to be usable on several scaleable HPC platforms. The commercial implementation of the developed algorithms will be applicable to the solution of important DOD problems in stress analysis and linear structural dynamics, including shock response and structural acoustics.

Investigators in this project include:

  • CSAR Corporation, Agoura Hills, CA – Dr. P.R. Pamidi, Peter Schartz
  • Boeing Information and Support Services, Seattle, WA – Roger Grimes, John Lewis, C. Cleve Ashcraft
  • Wright Laboratory (USAF), Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio – Vipperla Venkayya, Victoria Tischler
  • Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division (NSWCCD), Bethesda, MD - Dr. Gordon Everstine (CSM-1 Principal Investigator), Raymond Cheng

Further information can be received by contacting Mr. Smithson at CSAR at the address listed above, or on the World Wide Web at

CSAR Corporation, a privately held company with headquarters in Agoura Hills, CA (near Los Angeles). Its products, CSA/NASTRAN and CSA/GENSA, are used by major industrial companies throughout the world, including the U.S., Japan, U.K., Germany, Sweden, India, and the People's Republic of China. CSAR also develops software on a consulting basis. CSAR has over 70 experts in C, C++, Fortran, Visual Basic, Java, etc.

CSA/NASTRAN is a large-scale finite element analysis package used for strength and vibration testing of three-dimensional structures. CSA/GENSA is a general nonlinear finite element analysis package (including Explicit & Implicit formulations) which compliments CSA/NASTRAN by using the same input and output files.

CSA/NASTRAN is a product of CSAR Corp. NASTRAN is a registered trademark of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). All other brands or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.


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