CEA and ANDRA Order Services from Open CASCADE To Integrate the 'ALLIANCES' Simulation Codes
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CEA and ANDRA Order Services from Open CASCADE To Integrate the 'ALLIANCES' Simulation Codes

These research centers, leaders in the domain of nuclear energy, aim to improve the productivity and availability of 'ALLIANCES' by building on SALOME, a generic, open-source platform for numerical simulation

PARIS, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The Nuclear Energy Division of the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA/DEN) has ordered a turnkey development from Open CASCADE with the goal of extending the use of the "ALLIANCES" numerical simulation codes. These codes allow calculating long-term behavior in the storage of radioactive wastes and evaluating interactions with the geological environment. Open CASCADE services correspond to over 3000 man-days of development.

The project covers two major objectives: in a first phase, the industrialization of the SALOME platform, previously available in a research version only; in a second, the integration of the "ALLIANCES" modeling and simulation platform within SALOME. Since October 2002, the Open CASCADE Company has been the prime contractor in charge of industrializing SALOME, in order to meet the criteria of performance and quality necessary for the continuation of the project.

"ALLIANCES" includes numerical simulation codes from the CEA and from ANDRA, as well as other codes from public and private sectors. Integrating these codes within SALOME ensures retaining control over the different codes while allowing their use in an end-user environment in Open Source.

This project confirms the current trend among large corporations and research centers of showing increased confidence in open-source developments and their associated services. According to Thierry Nkaoua, Simulation Project Manager for the Department of Simulation and Experimental Tools, "Thanks to the availability of the SALOME platform and to the know-how of the Open CASCADE teams, we are able to focus on our specialization in modeling and scientific calculation, supported by software engineering professionals. Open CASCADE has both thorough experience in software industrialization and a profound understanding of our needs in simulation."

As of today, three intermediate deliveries have been completed, including the first industrial version of the SALOME platform. Final delivery is scheduled for December 2003. This will allow carrying out modeling and analysis as stipulated by current French legislation, using a trade-specific tool that ensures both the quality and the pertinence of simulation studies.


Open CASCADE is a software services company that proposes trade-specific solutions and the integration of numerical simulation software with the goal of optimizing company know-how and in-house codes.

Open CASCADE provides turnkey application development and a broad range of services based on an innovative open-source approach. These services include consulting, technical assistance, training and project expertise and aim to bring about the optimal implementation of the user's development project.

Open CASCADE relies on an international team of highly skilled engineers with proven competence in many technical software development areas: software architecture, application data strategy, programming of a variety of operating systems, graphic user interface, data exchange interfaces, 3D geometric modeling, meshing, management of physical properties, visualization applied to numerical simulation.

Open CASCADE provides thorough competence in modern development technologies, such as Java, C++, JSP, PYTHON, TCL, CORBA, XML, Qt, pyQt, VTK, UML, PHP, SWIG and HDF.

Located in Europe, Asia and North America, Open CASCADE customers include important industrial companies, software editors and research organisms, such as Alcatel Space (space systems), BMW (automotive), Bureau Veritas and RINA (ship certification), CEA (nuclear), EADS (aerospace), Mitutoyo (co-ordinate measuring machines) and Usinor (steel).

Open CASCADE aims to become the leader in the production of specific platforms for numerical simulation.

For further details, see: http://www.opencascade.com/ and http://www.opencascade.org/SALOME/

CONTACT: Barbara Alvarado of Open CASCADE, +01-69-82-24-59, or fax,
+01-69-82-24-02, Email Contact

Web site: http://www.opencascade.com/