A High-Performance Computing Process for Urban Air Mobility Simulations

Olatunde Sanni, Thanakorn Khamvilai, Teppatat Puntawuttiwong, Eric Feron, Brian German, Mehrdad Pakmehr

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionpeer-review


Commercial aviation is statically proven to be the safest mode of commercial transportation. This feat is largely due to technological advances and stringent regulations that yield an under-utilized national airspace. However, as the air transportation system (ATS) evolves to support a new class of vehicles, known as urban air mobility (UAM) systems, airspace utilization will increase and a new set of safety requirements will be needed to sustain, or preferably improve, ATS' safety record. This paper addresses this safety challenge with a novel process for developing and testing safety standards. It outlines and demonstrates a high-performance computing (HPC) process for large-scale high-fidelity UAM simulations. The developed HPC process incorporates automated air traffic control (ATC) services, which have been proposed in the unmanned traffic management (UTM) system. In addition to outlining a process for gathering UAM performance and safety data, this paper more generally contributes a novel blueprint for performing high-fidelity simulations of a large set of autonomous UAM systems that concurrently fly in an urban environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication40th Digital Avionics Systems Conference, DASC 2021 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781665434201
StatePublished - 2021
Event40th IEEE/AIAA Digital Avionics Systems Conference, DASC 2021 - San Antonio, United States
Duration: Oct 3 2021Oct 7 2021

Publication series

NameAIAA/IEEE Digital Avionics Systems Conference - Proceedings
ISSN (Print)2155-7195
ISSN (Electronic)2155-7209


Conference40th IEEE/AIAA Digital Avionics Systems Conference, DASC 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Antonio

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 IEEE.


  • air traffic management
  • autonomy
  • computational fluid dynamics
  • multi-agent simulation
  • trajectory generation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


Dive into the research topics of 'A High-Performance Computing Process for Urban Air Mobility Simulations'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this