Investigate the efficiency of autoscaling strategies when simulation software goes to the cloud


Wind, waves and currents shape our delta. Climate change and rising sea levels add further to this pressure. Simulation software exists that can simulate storm surges, hurricanes, tsunamis, detailed flows and water levels, waves, sediment transport and morphology, water quality and ecology, and is capable of handling the interactions between these processes.

The D-HYDRO Suite 1D2D[1] is an example of such simulation software and is capable of simulating the processes described above and in recent years the engines of this suite can run large computations in parallel on distributed memory.

The era of cloud computing has just begun and we are not yet able to fully exploit its potential. Cloud computing offers horizontal scalability and elasticity and problems could be solved more in parallel. Many applications are not yet able to fully utilize the possibilities offered by the cloud, and even if they do, cloud platforms offer many configuration options, which leaves new users with choices that are not always easy to make. How to move to the cloud including reaping the full benefits of the cloud?

What will change if an application, or part of it, is migrating from the premises to the cloud? Should a software architect rethink design? Which viewpoints and quality attributes are touched upon?

C. Franco Directiesecretaresse / medewerker Personeelszaken 0320294252

Research Questions

In this graduation internship:

  • You will analyze the cloud-readiness of the existing D-HYDRO Suite 1D2D based on the viewpoints of the system architecture.
  • You set up evaluation strategies for high performance computing of the software architecture. Consider, scalable-efficient computing, energy-efficient computing and cost-efficient computing.
  • You define methods to get insight and monitor upfront the usage of memory, CPU and costs of the defined simulation models.

Research setup

We offer a graduation internship position at HKV in the Product & Services group in close collaboration with the Deltares Software Centre, giving the student the opportunity to experience what working for a water & software-oriented consultancy is like.

This graduation internship is suited best for students with a Bachelor IT (HBO) or Master hydraulic engineering with a strong affinity for IT. Prior knowledge/experience on cloud computing or simulation software is preferred, but not mandatory.

For questions or more information please contact Mattijn van Hoek per e-mail or phone 06 35119762. To apply you can write an e-mail to the attention of Carina Franco, HR department,

Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.

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