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Can HPC Unlock the Future of Wind Power?
Posted Thu March 01, 2018 @04:44PM
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Application The University of Wyoming and Intelligent Light are performing unsteady CFD on full wind farms with terrain features.

Intelligent Light's Earl Duque and Univ. of Wyoming researchers Prof. Dimitri Mavriplis, Michael Brazell and Andrew Kirby were able to model wind farms in unique ways. Using the Cheyenne supercomputer at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)-Wyoming Supercomputer Alliance.

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What really makes their research unique is the use of in-situ processing. Unlike traditional visualizations produced from stored data, in-situ processing means that visualizations and analysis can be created as a simulation takes place, without writing to disk.

"In-situ has helped reduce the amount of 3D data that we need to store. Just the restart files take 10 TB on a 12-hour run. Automation has gone way up; we have scripts that go straight from simulation to animation. Also, in-situ has helped with debugging—I don't need to pull down 3D data, and I can just use slices, save those to a FieldView XDB file, and then view that on my local machine."
Michael Brazell, University of Wyoming.

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