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Stable release
6.14 / October 11, 2018; 4 days ago (2018-10-11)
Operating system Cross-platform (Windows, Linux)
Available in English
License Proprietary

pSeven is a design space exploration software platform developed by DATADVANCE, extending design, simulation and analysis capabilities and assisting in smarter and faster design decisions. It provides a seamless integration with third party CAD and CAE software tools, powerful multi-objective and robust optimization algorithms, data analysis and uncertainty quantification tools.[1]

pSeven comes under the notion of PIDO (Process Integration and Design Optimization) software. Design Space Exploration functionality is based on the mathematical algorithms of pSeven Core (formerly known as MACROS) Python library,[2] also developed by DATADVANCE.

Design Space Exploration with pSeven allows creating predictive models, integrating CAD/CAE tools, analyze data and models, explore design alternatives and make smart decisions. SmartSelection technology implemented in pSeven automatically selects the most efficient method for a given data or optimization problem that makes advance math easy to use to a wide range of experts.


The foundation for the pSeven Core library as pSeven's background was laid in 2003, when the researchers from the Institute for Information Transmission Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences [3] started collaborating with Airbus to perform R&D in the domains of simulation and data analysis. The first version of pSeven Core library was created in association with EADS Innovation Works in 2009.[4] Since 2012,[5] pSeven software platform for simulation automation, data analysis and optimization is developed and marketed by DATADVANCE, incorporating pSeven Core.


pSeven's functionality can be divided into following blocks: Data & Model Analysis, Predictive Modeling, Design Optimization and Process Integration.

Data & Model Analysis[edit]

pSeven provides a variety of tools for data and model analysis:

Design of Experiments allows exploring design space using as small number of observations as possible, enables reliable surrogate-based optimization and generates a training sample for building an accurate approximation model.

Design of Experiments[edit]

Design of Experiments includes the following techniques:

Design of Experiments allows controlling the process of surrogate modeling via adaptive sampling plan, which benefits the quality of approximation. As a result, it ensures time and resource saving on experiments and smarter decision-making based on the detailed knowledge of the design space.

Sensitivity and Dependency Analysis[edit]

Sensitivity and Dependency Analysis is used to filter non-informative design parameters in the study, ranking the informative ones with respect to their influence on the given response function and selecting parameters that provide the best approximation. It is applied to better understand the variables affecting the design process.

Uncertainty Quantification[edit]

Uncertainty Quantification capabilities in pSeven [6] are based on OpenTURNS library. They are used to improve the quality of the designed products, manage potential risks at the design, manufacturing and operating stages and to guarantee product reliability.

Dimension Reduction[edit]

Dimension reduction is the process of reducing the number of random variables under consideration by obtaining a set of principal variables.

Predictive Modeling[edit]

Predictive modeling capabilities in pSeven are based on building, exploring and managing approximation models. pSeven incorporates several proprietary approximation techniques, including methods for ordered and structured data, allowing to understand behavior of user's system with minimal costs, replace expensive computations by approximation models (metamodels, RSM, surrogate models etc.) and make smarter decisions based on detailed knowledge of the design space.[7]

Design Optimization[edit]

Optimization algorithms implemented in pSeven allow solving single and multi-objective constrained optimization problems as well as robust and reliability based design optimization problems. Users can solve both engineering optimization problems with cheap to evaluate semi-analytical models and the problems with expensive (in terms of CPU time) objective functions and constraints.[8][9] SmartSelection technique automatically and adaptively selects the most suitable optimization algorithm for a given optimization problem from a pool of optimization methods and algorithms in pSeven.

Process Integration[edit]

Process integration capabilities are used to capture the design process by automating single simulation, trade-off studies and design space exploration. For that, pSeven provides tools to build and automatically run the workflow, to configure and share workflows with other design team members, to distribute computation over different computing resources, including HPC. Main process integration tools of pSeven:

Application Areas[edit]

pSeven's application areas are different industries such as aerospace,[10][11] automotive, energy, electronics, biomedical and others.

Application examples:

  • Multidisciplinary and multi-objective optimization of an aircraft family [12]
  • Sizing of composite structures in order to reduce their mass subject to various mechanical and manufacturing constraints
  • Construction of quick and accurate behavioral models (surrogate models) in order to enable efficient and secure exchange of models across Extended Enterprise
  • Optimization of the gas path of the steam turbine in order to improve overall turbine efficiency
  • Optimization of layered composite armor in order to reduce its weight [13]


  1. ^ "Software development company DATADVANCE - Trade Delegation of the Russian Federation in the United Kingdom". Retrieved 2016-08-03.
  2. ^ "pSeven Core - DATADVANCE". Retrieved 2016-08-03.
  3. ^ Institute of Information Transmission Problems
  4. ^ Interview of Sergey Morozov, CTO of DATADVANCE, "The Moscow Times", issue № 3 (45) 2014
  5. ^ OraResearch, Design Space Exploration Industry Timeline
  6. ^ DATADVANCE Ships pSeven v4.0 for Data Analysis, Optimization, TenLinks CAD, CAM and CAE news
  7. ^ Burnaev E., Prikhodko P., Struzik A., "Surrogate models for helicopter loads problems", Proceedings of 5th European Conference for Aerospace Science"
  8. ^ F. Gubarev, V. Kunin, A. Pospelov, "Lay-up Optimization of Laminated Composites: Mixed Approach with Exact Feasibility Bounds on Lamination Parameters"
  9. ^ Dmitry Khominich, Fedor Gubarev, Alexis Pospelov, "Shape Optimization of Rotating Disks", 20th Conference of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies, 2014
  10. ^ Airbus achieves multi-objective optimization of its aircraft families with DATADVANCE's "Macros" software
  11. ^ Skolkovo resident DATADVANCE tows Airbus through structural testing on new A350
  12. ^ Alestra S., Brand C., Druot T., Morozov S., "Multi-objective Optimization of Aircrafts [sic] Family at Conceptual Design Stage", IPDO 2013 : 4th Inverse problems, design and optimization symposium, 2013 June 26–28, Albi, ed. by O. Fudym, J.-L. Battaglia, G.S. Dulikravich et al., Albi ; Ecole des Mines d'Albi-Carmaux, 2013 (ISBN 979-10-91526-01-2)
  13. ^ A. Bragov, F. Antonov, S. Morozov, D. Khominich, "Numerical optimization of the multi-layered composite armor", Light-Weight Armour Group (LWAG) conference-2014

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