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New Software: NIKA Releases EFD.Lab 4.0
Posted Mon October 27, 2003 @10:36AM
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News NIKA announces [pdf] a major new release of EFD.Lab, its industry-leading Engineering Fluid Dynamics simulation software. EFD.Lab 4.0 offers a variety of enhanced physical models and significant improvements to its core technologies such as rotating part support and an improved mesher.

“EFD.Lab 4.0 is a technological milestone further proving NIKA’s undisputed leadership in CFD software integrated into the product development process,” comments Dr. Ivo Weinhold, manager, CFD products for NIKA. “Modern digital product development processes require dedicated simulation tools for ‘what-if’ analyses at any stage. With version 4.0, EFD.Lab becomes the only full-featured fluid flow and heat transfer simulation software package which is truly able to serve a digital product lifecycle management strategy.”

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Business: Blue Ridge Numerics Added to Inc. 500 List
Posted Fri October 24, 2003 @09:27AM
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News Inc. Magazine, the premier publication for small and medium-sized businesses, has released its 22nd annual Inc. 500 ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. Developer of CFdesign fluid flow and heat transfer software, Blue Ridge Numerics, Inc., ranks #419 on the list, with five-year sales growth of 420%. The Inc. 500 Special Issue hit newsstands on October 14 and will be on display until January 2004.

“The entrepreneurs you’ll find on the Inc. 500 have the type of attitude we need to get this economy moving again,” said Inc. editor-in-chief John Koten. “For them, a tough market is not an excuse for poor performance, but an opportunity to innovate and rise above the competition.”

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In the Minority - Women Using CFD
Posted Thu October 23, 2003 @04:00PM
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News According to 2002 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, women represent just over 10 percent of the engineers in the US. A Boeing story discusses the role women have had at Boeing, including design and analysis.

From the first aircraft of a new company to the worldwide production and support of thousands of jetliners in service today, women have contributed significantly to the success of The Boeing Company.

[Peg] Curtin's kite project led her to Notre Dame, where she earned bachelors and masters degrees in aerospace engineering, and then to Boeing. She now works with wind tunnels that blast high-speed air over models of new airplane configurations. Her computer runs computational fluid dynamics programs that predict how different shapes will perform.

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New Software: Hanley Announces Aerodynamics Suite
Posted Thu October 23, 2003 @10:45AM
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News Hanley Innovations, a leader in aerodynamics preliminary and conceptual design and analysis software, announced today the availability of Dr. Hanley’s Aerodynamic Suite, online subscription service. The suite consists of MultiElement Airfoils, WingAnalysis Plus, The WingTail Calculator and Science Graphs Plus. The Online Suite require Windows 95 or higher and an internet connection for initial software download and subsequent access to the software.

Aerodynamics Suite is ideal for students and professionals who wish to design and analyze airplane wings, flow machinery, hydrofoils, sailboat keel and rudders, race car spoilers and wings in ground effect. With the addition of Science Graphs, the user also has the capability to graph functions and generate numerical solutions to non-linear ordinary differential equations.

The introductory price of the subscription is $229.00 US per month for each user.

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NASA Ames Benchmarks Linux Supercomputer for CFD
Posted Wed October 22, 2003 @08:07AM
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Hardware SGI today announced that NASA Ames Research Center has generated break through performance in benchmarking their 256-processor global shared-memory SGI Altix 3000 system, the largest such system ever to run on the Linux® operating system.

As part of their testing and evaluation of the 256-processor Altix system, researchers at NASA said they have run more than 40 benchmarks used for system evaluations at the facility. The benchmarks include production computational fluid dynamics (CFD) codes, ocean and atmospheric circulation models, numerical analysis and other mission-relevant applications at NASA.

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Boeing Buys Cray X1 Supercomputer
Posted Wed October 22, 2003 @07:54AM
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Hardware Cray Inc. today announced that it won an order from The Boeing Company for a Cray X1™ supercomputer system and related services to support Boeing research and development efforts. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The Cray X1 supercomputer, with a peak performance rating of more than 800 billion calculations per second (gigaflops), is scheduled to be installed in the Boeing Puget Sound data center at the close of this year. The system will be used primarily to run structural analysis and computational fluid dynamics codes, including the well-known OVERFLOW code.

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