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FREE Fluent/Ferrari Poster
Posted Tue November 26, 2002 @03:13PM
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News For the past three years, the biggest sport in the world, Formula 1 Motor Racing, has been dominated by the Italian Scuderia Ferrari Racing Team. To be successful in Formula 1 demands a mastery of leading edge technology in order to produce a fast reliable car.

A major factor in the design of such cars is their aerodynamic efficiency. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) plays a crucial part in Formula 1 aerodynamic design processes at Ferrari. The Ferrari team uses the FLUENT CFD code for all their CFD simulations, Fluent being the fastest growing CFD supplier to the worldwide Automotive Industry.

To celebrate this winning partnership, Fluent and Ferrari have printed a limited edition set of posters depicting a virtual Ferrari Formula 1 race car in classic CFD pressure contour format, with a real F1 race car just behind it on a Grand Prix race track. These A2 size posters are being offered free from Fluent Inc. to the first 350 people to request them.

To request your free copy, visit today!

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Events: First CFX Conference for India
Posted Tue November 26, 2002 @02:12PM
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News CFX India is pleased to announce the First CFX India Conference. The conference is scheduled to be held in Bangalore from December 2nd to 5th, 2002.

Workshops on specific topics of interest, such as Process Modelling and Turbomachinery, will be held on December 2nd and 3rd. These courses are designed to be of value to both beginners and advanced users of CFX.

The conference, on the 4th and 5th of December, will provide an excellent opportunity to share experiences and exchange ideas with peers and experts.

For more information and to register, visit the CFX Website.

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Application: Scanning Technology Enables CFD at Reynard
Posted Mon November 25, 2002 @05:37PM
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Application The differences between motor racing on two wheels and four go far deeper than just arithmetic. In Formula 1, for instance, races are routinely won and lost in the pits; on motorbikes, the archaic practice of overtaking is still regularly reported. It is behind the scenes, however – away from the cameras – that the real differences between the two sports really emerge.

At any particular race, a Formula 1 car represents the current state of the art, a snapshot in an ongoing multimillion-pound research and development project. Teams recognize the importance of the most advanced design, simulation and testing techniques – and spend, spend, spend accordingly. The teams that race high performance bikes are every bit as keen to succeed but here the emphasis tends to be more on fine tuning and trimming rather than turning out machines that evolve steadily (sometimes dramatically) throughout a season.

Part of this is down to motorcycle racing’s rules and regulations: in some races every entrant must ride an identical bike, so room for design innovation is distinctly limited. And money is certainly an issue. The fact that individuals still race on a reasonably competitive basis with their more highly funded rivals is a reflection of the fact that cash is spread somewhat thinner than in Formula 1 racing.

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SGI Has Most Systems In Top 25 Ranking
Posted Mon November 25, 2002 @11:23AM
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Hardware SGI has once again achieved top ranking with more Top 25 ratings--across all categories--than any other vendor in the recently released IDC Balanced Rating benchmark. Designed by analyst firm IDC to rate expected sustained performance on real-world supercomputing applications, the report verifies the critical need for high-productivity computing capabilities to meet the current requirements of technical compute environments. SGI attributes this high ranking to its unique SGI® NUMAflexTM shared-memory architecture and optimized operating and development environment.

Highlights from the newest rankings include the following:

  • SGI leads with the most systems in the Top 25 across all of the seven categories ranked.
  • SGI submitted the most powerful computer in both the Single System Capability and Enterprise categories.
  • SGI is the only vendor to have systems in the Top 25 of all categories delineated by IDC.
  • SGI represents nearly one-quarter of the systems rated in the Top 25 of the respective categories submitted by nine vendors.
The IDC Balanced Rating report is among several recent industry statements indicating the change towards measuring high-productivity over theoretical peak performance. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is also emphasizing productivity over unattainable theoretical performance as essential for a new generation of scalable, high-performance computing systems.

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Events: Turbulence and Heat Transfer Modeling Seminar
Posted Mon November 25, 2002 @09:12AM
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News Predicting heat transfer using eddy viscosity turbulence models often produces poor results mainly due to the low Reynolds number near-wall treatment and not so much from the underlying turbulence model. Studies by Wolfgang Vieser, Thomas Esch and Florian Menter of CFX have shown that using the CFX-5 SST turbulence model, in combination with an optimal wall treatment, does provide highly accurate results for a wide variety of heat transfer test cases. Dr. Florian Menter will be in Florida on December 11 presenting a seminar on this topic.

Topic: Turbulence and Heat Transfer Modeling in CFX-5

Date: December 11, 2002 during the PowerGen International Conference

Time: 9 am - noon

Location: Orlando, Florida

Visit the seminar website for more information and to register.

For more information on the SST turbulence model visit the CFX Website.

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New Software: Pointwise Releases Gridgen Update
Posted Fri November 22, 2002 @08:30AM
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Grid Generation Pointwise, Inc. has released version 14.04 of their flagship CFD pre-processing program Gridgen.

The latest release of Gridgen enhances functionality with new CFD solver interfaces (Splitflow and PHOENICS) and new graphics features (Zoom to Screen Extents and single increment rotations). Additionally, the elliptic PDE solver for structured grids is now up to 5 times faster and Glyph, Gridgen’s Tcl-based scripting language introduced in V14, continues to expand in scope to cover more and more of Gridgen’s functionality.

To learn more about the new features in Gridgen V14, visit the Pointwise website at

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