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Akselos' software running in a Web browser for 2.01x. This app shows the stresses in the landing gear for a solar-powered airplane. Courtesy of Akselos

Simulation Software Drastically Increases Speed of 3-D Engineering Simulations

August 25, 2014 12:40 pm | by Rob Matheson, MIT | News | Comments

MIT spinout Akselos has developed novel software, based on years of research at the Institute, which uses precalculated supercomputer data for structural components — like simulated “Legos” — to solve FEA models in seconds. Hundreds of engineers in the mining, power-generation, and oil and gas industries are now using Akselos software.

SOLIDWORKS Education Edition 2014-2015

August 12, 2014 3:51 pm | Product Releases | Comments

SOLIDWORKS Education Edition 2014-2015 is an integrated applications portfolio that includes...

FLOW-3D 11 Multi-physics Computational Fluid Dynamics Software

August 6, 2014 3:19 pm | Product Releases | Comments

FLOW-3D 11 features FlowSight, an advanced visualization tool based on the EnSight post-...

Altair to Acquire Visual Solutions, Adds VisSim to Portfolio

July 30, 2014 2:01 pm | by Altair | News | Comments

Altair has announced its intent to acquire Visual Solutions, makers of VisSim, a visual language...

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Simulink Real-Time

July 30, 2014 10:30 am | The Mathworks, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Simulink Real-Time enables engineers to build, test, and run real-time applications from Simulink models on dedicated target computer hardware connected to their physical systems, providing a complete end-to-end real-time simulation and testing solution.

National Data Service kicks off with the Materials Data Facility

July 9, 2014 4:12 pm | by Amber Harmon | News | Comments

In nearly every field of science, experiments, instruments, observations, sensors, simulations, and surveys are generating massive data volumes that grow at exponential rates. Discoverable, shareable data enables collaboration and supports repurposing for new discoveries — and for cross-disciplinary research enabled by exchange across communities that include both scientists and citizens.

Researchers from NCSA, Rolls Royce, Proctor and Gamble, Cray Inc. and Livermore Software Technology Corporation were able to scale the commercial explicit finite element code, LS-DYNA, to 15,000 cores on Blue Waters.

HPC Innovation Excellence Award: Rolls-Royce, Procter and Gamble, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Cray Inc., Livermore Software Technology Corporation

June 23, 2014 6:00 pm | Award Winners

Researchers from NCSA, Rolls Royce, Proctor and Gamble, Cray Inc. and Livermore Software Technology Corporation were able to scale the commercial explicit finite element code, LS-DYNA, to 15,000 cores on Blue Waters. 

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Bake your own Robot: New Algorithms could enable Printable Robots that Self-assemble when Heated

June 17, 2014 2:24 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT | News | Comments

Printable robots — those that can be assembled from parts produced by 3-D printers — have long been a topic of research in the lab of Daniela Rus, the Andrew and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. At this year’s IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Rus’ group and its collaborators introduce a new wrinkle on the idea: bakable robots.

Kengo Nakajima, Professor, Supercomputing Division, University of Tokyo

Kengo Nakajima

April 16, 2014 9:51 am | Biographies

Kengo Nakajima describes his mission as "to be a bridge between HPC and ... I like it." His research interests include Computational Fluid Dynamics, Finite Element Methods (FEM), Parallel Computing, Preconditioned Iterative Linear Solvers, Adaptive Mesh Refinement (AMR), and Solid Earth Simulation.

Wolfgang Schröder

April 15, 2014 7:23 pm | Biographies

Wolfgang Schröder is Director of the Institute of Aerodynamics and holds the Chair of Fluid Dynamics at RWTH Aachen University. He received his doctorate degree 1987 from RWTH Aachen University. After his postdoc time at the California Institute of Technology from 1987 through 1989 he was in charge of the Aerothermodynamics Department, Space Infrastructure at the German Aerospace AG.

Altair Engineering Found to have Misappropriated MSC Adams Trade Secrets

April 14, 2014 2:11 pm | by MSC Software Corporation | News | Comments

MSC Software Corporation, a company that specializes in helping product manufacturers to advance their engineering methods with simulation software and services, announced on April 14, 2014, that a jury in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan found that Altair Engineering willfully and maliciously took MSC Software trade secrets to use in its MotionSolve  product.

Boeing to Deliver World's 1st All-Electric Satellites

March 24, 2014 5:40 pm | by Boeing | News | Comments

Boeing is on track to deliver the world's first all-electric propulsion satellites in late 2014 or early 2015 as it has met key production milestones on its initial 702SP (small platform) satellites.             

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Computers See through Faked Pain Better than People Do

March 21, 2014 2:33 pm | by UC San Diego | News | Comments

A joint study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego and the University of Toronto has found that a computer system spots real or faked expressions of pain more accurately than people can. The research team found that humans could not discriminate real from faked expressions of pain better than random chance

Industry Innovation through HPC: A Focus on Return on Investment and Market Competitiveness

March 14, 2014 2:06 pm | by ISC | News | Comments

Businesses increasingly report that they are able to boost their productivity and competitiveness in the global market by deploying computer simulations and digital modeling. Such applications require high-end computing power and storage that are provided by HPC products and services. The ISC’14 two-day Industry Innovation through HPC track is designed to help engineers, manufacturers and designers gain the right set of tools and methods

First Commercial GPU-Accelerated Fluid Dynamics Solver Dramatically Speeds Simulation of Large Multiphysics Models

February 12, 2014 4:25 pm | by ANSYS | News | Comments

ANSYS users can now leverage NVIDIA graphics processing units (GPUs) to speed up fluid dynamics simulation and quickly handle large, complex simulation models. Available for the first time with ANSYS Fluent 15.0, the jointly developed GPU-accelerated commercial computational fluid dynamics solver broadens support for NVIDIA GPUs across the ANSYS simulation portfolio, building upon the previous success with GPU support in ANSYS Mechanical.

2DFlow Simulation and Visualization Software

January 27, 2014 11:48 am | Dynaflow, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Designed for professional and educational use, 2DFlow is a program for visualizing flows induced by the distributions of point and line singularities such as vortices, dipoles and sources. It graphically illustrates the use of potential flow theory through a combination of background fluid flow and a variety of singularities to simulate a wide range of fluid mechanics problems

Ford Werke GmbH

HPC Innovation Excellence Award: Ford Werke GmbH

November 20, 2013 4:00 pm | Award Winners

Researchers at Ford Werke GmbH have developed and deployed a new CAE process, which enables the optimization of the airflow through the cooling package of a vehicle using complex 3-D CFD analysis. The Ford team also demonstrated it could run these complex simulations fast enough to enable their use within the time constraints of a vehicle development project.

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Imperial College London and NAG

HPC Innovation Excellence Award: Imperial College London and NAG

November 20, 2013 3:43 pm | Award Winners

HPC experts from NAG and Imperial College London have implemented scientifically valuable new functionality and substantial performance improvements in the Incompact3D application. After the improvements, the simulations can now scale to 8000 cores efficiently, with a run time of around 3.75 days (wall-clock time)

HydrOcean/Ecole Centrale Nantes

HPC Innovation Excellence Award: HydrOcean/Ecole Centrale Nantes

November 20, 2013 3:39 pm | Award Winners

SPH-flow is an innovative fluid dynamic solver based on a meshless, compressible and time-explicit approach. SPH-flow solver has been used in several industrial projects, including: impact forces of aircraft and helicopter ditching; free surface simulations of ship wake and wave fields...

Intelligent Light

HPC Innovation Excellence Award: Intelligent Light

November 20, 2013 3:31 pm | Award Winners

Intelligent Light addressed the challenge of high volumes of CFD data using FieldView 14 data management and process automation tools. Intelligent Light contributed results from approximately 100 cases with more than 10,000 time steps, each to deliver a complete response to the workshop objectives.

National Institute of Supercomputing and Networking, Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information

HPC Innovation Excellence Award: National Institute of Supercomputing and Networking, Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information

November 20, 2013 2:58 pm | Award Winners

The National Institute of Supercomputing and Networking, Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information's EDISON (EDucation and research Integration through Simulation On the Net) Project established an infrastructure on the Web where users across the country could easily access and utilize various engineering/science simulation tools for educational and research purposes.

Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

HPC Innovation Excellence Award: Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

November 20, 2013 10:58 am | Award Winners

Researchers at Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have used the Titan supercomputer to perform the first simulations of organic solar cell active layers at scales commensurate with actual devices. By modifying the LAMMPS molecular dynamics software to use GPU acceleration on Titan...

Researchers Develop 4-D Printing Technology

October 22, 2013 3:50 pm | by University of Colorado-Boulder | News | Comments

Researchers have successfully added a fourth dimension to printing technology, opening up exciting possibilities for the creation and use of adaptive, composite materials in manufacturing, packaging and biomedical applications.       

Bottero S.p.A

HPC Innovation Excellence Award: Bottero S.p.A

June 20, 2013 3:01 pm | Award Winners

Bottero has recently introduced the E-MOC, a completely new family of Mold Opening and Closing (MOC) mechanisms for the hollow glass industry. This complex project combined the innovation, in terms of mold movement (speed and precision), cooling system, maintenance facility (“top mounted”), and maintaining compatibility with previous standards.

ESTECO and Airworks Engineering

HPC Innovation Excellence Award: ESTECO and Airworks Engineering

June 20, 2013 2:46 pm | Award Winners

Airworks Engineering, a multidisciplinary company for mechanical engineering, was facing the challenge of improving efficiency in converting wind energy into electrical power by optimizing the whole assembly of a wind power unit rotor. Experts in the firm's wind power unit, specialists in CAD and CFD professionals from different organizations were involved in a complex design scenario and needed to collaborate effectively.

Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Program

Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Program - Missile evaluation

June 20, 2013 2:38 pm | Award Winners

This DOD High Performance Computing Modernization Program HPC innovation comprised a suite of cutting-edge computational efficiency enhancement methodologies applied to complex missile-related, aero-propulsive problems with combustion. These methodologies were integrated into CRAFT CFD and CRUNCH CFD, two CFD codes in widespread use by DoD to support missile design and evaluation

Alenia Aermacchi

HPC Innovation Excellence Award: Alenia Aermacchi

June 20, 2013 2:25 pm | Award Winners

Engineers at Alenia Aermacchi utilized technical computing and scientific computing tools in the “Clean Sky” project to design a new generation of environmentally friendly aircraft. While seeking the most promising configuration, the engineers shaped two different wings to fulfill separately the two goals of enhancing aerodynamic performance and reducing the wing weight.

Vorpal 6

December 6, 2012 9:56 am | Tech-X Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Vorpal 6 is a highly-configurable multiphysics simulation application for modeling the interaction of matter with electromagnetic fields. Using advanced parallel algorithms enables the investigation of highly complex physical systems with unprecedented fidelity

Intelligent Light

HPC Innovation Excellence Award: Intelligent Light

November 20, 2012 11:43 am | Award Winners

The CFD workflow and software developed by Intelligent light is benefiting small and medium size manufacturer Zipp Speed Weaponry. A direct consequence of the work was a rapid change in design direction to bring a revolutionary new racing wheel, “Zipp Firecrest,” to market.

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