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STAR-CD Takes Advantage of AMD 64-bit Processors
Posted Thu July 15, 2004 @12:02PM
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News The CD adapco Group’s latest release of its CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) software STAR-CD is now able to run even larger CFD cases using the AMD Opteron™ processor that enables simultaneous 32- and 64-bit computing.

It has been possible to run STAR-CD cases on 64-bit processors for many years, but with the AMD Opteron processor, it is now possible for STAR-CD users to also run a 64-bit processor within the Linux environment. Most CFD codes today will only run in 32-bit compatibility mode, whereas STAR-CD has native 64-bit compatibility on this platform.

The main advantage of running STAR-CD using AMD Opteron processors is that it is possible to process problems of almost unlimited size, subject only to the amount of memory that can be inserted into a processor and the total memory available in a cluster.

“The CD adapco Group is working hard to facilitate successful engineering performance for its clients. With AMD Opteron processor-based systems, users of STAR-CD have a scalable platform for CFD problems of almost infinite size,” says Steve Feldman, director of software development, CD adapco Group. “The high memory bandwidth system allows STAR-CD to use multiple shared memory CPU’s efficiently”.

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"The delivery of this release brings a new level of capability to STAR-CD users, with the outstanding performance offered by the AMD Opteron processor with Direct Connect Architecture," said Ben Williams, vice president of AMD’s Enterprise and Server/Workstation Business Segment. "AMD and CD adapco are dedicated to improving compatibility and scalability, and we are working together to meet the growing demands of CFD users."

In summary, the option of running STAR-CD on the AMD Opteron processor, offers users the benefit of a cost-effective processor with excellent scalability and high quality performance for analysis of CFD cases whatever the size.

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