MeshGems: a Gem of the French Competitiveness Program

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10401 Logo Mesh Gems 04As one of the first members of the System@tic Paris Region Cluster created in 2005, DISTENE has been strongly involved in many collaborative R&D projects which have been helping the development of its MeshGems suite.


At the heart of the digital revolution, the goal of System@tic is to develop the regional economy, to support the innovation, training and partnership opportunities so as to boost the competitiveness and research grade of all its actors. Thanks to the commitment of all the clusters’ actors in the “cooperation-competition”, synergies are created between SME’s,  Large Companies, Research Laboratories.  This fosters the emergence of innovative projects and solutions. The Systematic Cluster is supported by local authorities, economic development agencies, the French Government and its partners, and has developed 379 R&D projects, an investment of €1,97 Billion including  €703 M funded by the French Government, its agencies (National Research Agency and BPI France) and from the Paris‐Region local governments (Ile de France, Essonne).


The first benefit of our strong commitment into the Systematic Cluster is the booster effect of these projects and fundings on the R&D capability of DISTENE. Another key benefit of this rich ecosystem is the tremendous opportunity to connect directly with industrial Companies of varying sectors. Although they are not making the MeshGems market themselves directly, market which is rather composed of the CAD/CAE software developers – and more especially the software vendors -,  these direct contacts and collaborations help us having a better understanding of their processes and related bottlenecks.  A relevant and sensible R&D strategy for our MeshGems suite can therefore be established. By anticipating and developing meshing technologies that help the automation and reliability of the simulation-based design chains in Industry, we make sure these will meet our market’s expectations, say, Software Vendors who aim at proposing the best-in-class application to Industry.

Several projects have been the drive behind the MeshGems evolutions and new capabilities:

  • the EHPOC and  IOLS System@tic projects, from 2005 to 2010, have been a catalyst for the development of the parallel distributed memory version of the MeshGems tetrahedral mesh generator, MG-Tetra/HPC. This request for a “HPC” mesh generator came from the industrial companies involved in this project long before it ever became a request from our software vendors market. Thanks to this insight, we can propose today the first preview release of MG-Tetra/HPC, which is capitalizing a 9-year R&D investment, and which will be released as a full product in MeshGems 2.0.
  • the MIEL 3D-MESHER project, from 2009 to 2013, is a FEDER European funded project which offered the opportunity to work on the development of a hybrid mesh solution to meet a recurring need for dominant hex meshing from Industrial end-users.  These developments contributed to the first preview release of our new Hybrid meshing technology, MG-Hybrid, as part of the MeshGems 1.3 distribution. This new technology also addresses the CFD applications market since it includes an automatic Boundary Layer generation component. MG-Hybrid will be released as a full product in MeshGems 2.0.

Besides these projects, DISTENE participated or still contributes to the following other projects, COLLAVIZ, OPEN HPC, CSDL, ROMMA, ILMAB, TIMCO, which all support and enhance the MeshGems excellence and competitiveness.