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Business: Industry Veteran to Aid CFdesign European Expansion
Posted Wed July 10, 2002 @04:57PM
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News Blue Ridge Numerics has announced that MCAE industry veteran Dr. Dennis Nagy has signed on as a strategic consultant to assist the company's expansion into the European market.

Dr. Nagy has held a number of leadership positions at prominent MCAE companies. His 30+ years of MCAE experience includes R&D (Stuttgart), faculty teaching (Princeton), software development, strategic product planning, sales and support (SDRC), end-user management (GE), marketing, sales management, general management, and executive management (MSC, Fluent).

“Dennis brings along a wealth of experience and we’re thrilled to have him on our team,” says Ed Williams, president of Blue Ridge Numerics. “We are confident his unique insight and extensive track record in conducting business in the European markets will greatly strengthen our business activities and help us further capitalize internationally on the numerous customer benefits delivered by CFdesign.”

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Events: European CFX Conference
Posted Wed July 10, 2002 @10:42AM
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Announcements CFX, a leading provider of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software and services, will be holding its European CFX Conference in Strasbourg, France, from 16–18 September, 2002. The Conference will focus on how companies can optimise their product and process design activities by exploiting the latest CFD solutions from CFX.

The conference will include:

  • Short courses presented by CFD experts.
  • An exhibition of hardware and software products which support CFX.
  • The ability to meet with CFX developers, support staff, and management.
  • The chance to share experiences with fellow CFX users.

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IBM regains graphics high ground
Posted Tue July 09, 2002 @06:14PM
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News In this C3 Mag article, the IBM T221 flat panel monitor is reviewed. At an incredible 200+ pixels per inch and an enormous 3840x2400 resolution, the monitor delivers outstanding visual performance.

Almost every aspect of the T221 is ground breaking. Aluminium is used as the gate material instead of molybdenum and tungsten, the metals traditionally used in displays. IBM's engineers have developed Post-Spacer technology - permanent spacers that provide super-sealing capabilities to prevent light leakage. The more traditional spacer balls are randomly distributed and can cause sparkle effects when they happen to sit within the active area. There is also a new protocol under development called Digital PV Link, which will update only the pixels that have changed - this will significantly reduce the bandwidth requirements.

The monitor retails for $8,399 US.

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Itanium 2 Released
Posted Tue July 09, 2002 @05:00PM
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Hardware Intel has begun shipping the new Itanium 2 processor. The Itanium processor family is specifically designed for high-end enterprise and high-performance applications, providing leadership performance for business intelligence, databases, enterprise resource planning, supply chain management, high-performance computing, computer-aided engineering and secure transactions.

The Itanium 2 processor is socket-compatible with two future generations of Itanium family processors to allow them to be easily swapped into existing Itanium 2-based systems.

Simultaneously, MSC.Software has released MSC.Linux for Itanium 2 based systems.

“One of the biggest advantages Itanium 2 processors give computationally intensive applications is a bigger addressable space that results in faster calculations, which is critical to users running demanding engineering applications such as MSC.Nastran, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and crash simulations,” said Frank Perna, Chairman and CEO, MSC.Software Corporation.

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Features: CFD Increases Reliability for Caterpillar
Posted Mon July 08, 2002 @10:23AM
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Application Hydraulics is playing an increasingly important role in the performance of heavy equipment and as such, the reliability and effectiveness of hydraulic systems is becoming paramount. Caterpillar was the first company to investigate and use hydraulic systems within the engines of its larger vehicles. Most recently, the company has been using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to make vital adjustments to some of its hydraulic systems.

Caterpillar aims to design and manufacture superior hydraulic components, supported by high quality system maintenance and service, and its vehicles are renowned for their performance and reliability. So when it became clear that there was a problem with some of its larger vehicles, Caterpillar pulled out all the stops to find a solution.

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Visualization: New Volumetric 3-D Display
Posted Wed July 03, 2002 @05:30PM
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Hardware Actuality Systems has been raising some interest lately in their spherical display. In the roughly 10-inch diameter sphere, data is displayed using their volumetric 3-D display technology.

The display allows for 360-degree all-around viewing for multiple people. Recently, the US Army Research Lab has undertaken a project to determine the potential for the technology in the military simulation field.

There are several basic volume rendering methods. Actuality Systems uses a translucent screen, spinning at 730 rpm onto which 2-D slices of the 3-D model are projected. The result is a convincing, interactive, colorful 3D image that can be seen from any angle in the room.

Currently, displays such as this one cost around $50,000 US. However, as the cost drops, we may begin to see this technology in CFD visualization.

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