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AMD Opteron Processor Update
Posted Sun November 23, 2003 @07:09PM
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Hardware techman wrote in with news regarding AMD's 64-bit Opteron processor:

  • AMD has announced new additions to the AMD Opteron processor family which adds support for registered PC3200 memory speeds, which is DDR-1 memory operating at 400 MHz. The Sciencemark 2.0 Stream benchmark, designed to measure 1P workstation performance on advanced scientific calculations, shows an improvement in performance of up to 28% when registered PC3200 memory is utilized.

  • Sun Microsystems and AMD have announced a strategic alliance through which Sun will deliver new AMD Opteron processor-based Sun Fire systems and versions of the Solaris Operating System (OS) and the Java platform as well as Linux OS.

  • PathScale, developer of innovative software and hardware solutions to accelerate the performance and efficiency of Linux clusters, has unveiled a suite of high-performance compilers for the AMD Opteron processor. PathScale compilers leverage the AMD Opteron processor's high-performance 64-bit functionality and remarkable industry-leading price/performance benefits, including 32-bit capability. Initial benchmarks on real application code and initial SPEC results show that the PathScale Compiler Suite is the highest performance 64-bit compiler for AMD Opteron-based Linux servers by a margin of up to 40 percent.
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    CFX Holds Successful German Conference
    Posted Fri November 21, 2003 @02:11PM
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    News CFX Conference 2003 Germany was held November 4-6, 2003 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

    Over 100 participants attended 36 lectures in two parallel sessions. The lectures covered almost all fields of CFX applications including turbomachinery, chemical process, HVAC, and fire & safety. In addition, topics such as fluid-structure interaction, optimization and acoustics were addressed.

    Thomas Frank gave a plenary lecture,"Numerical Simulations of Multiphase Flows using CFX 5", and Florian Menter delivered "Recent Advances in Turbulence and Transition Modeling in CFX 5". These presentations generated lots of lively discussion.

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    Fluent is Official Supplier to Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
    Posted Fri November 21, 2003 @09:06AM
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    News Fluent Incorporated, leading supplier of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software to the automotive industry, announces an exclusive sponsorship agreement with Dale Earnhardt, Inc. (DEI) of Mooresville, North Carolina. Although CFD software has a long history of use in automotive manufacturing and Formula One racing, DEI is one of the first to add this high technology tool to its engineering arsenal in NASCAR racing.

    DEI’s engineers use Fluent’s software (called FLUENT) to simulate the performance of racing vehicle components. “FLUENT has been used to analyze coolant, oil, cylinder head and intake manifold flows of the engine. FLUENT has also been useful in improving the performance of the race car's over body and under body, cooling system, under hood and brake duct flows, as well as the combustion air inlet,” says Charles Jenckes, DEI’s team engineer. "In the ultra competitive world of NASCAR racing, top teams rely on tools that generate results. Fluent's suite of CFD tools allows Dale Earnhardt, Inc. to accomplish its mission of developing winning race cars and engines.”

    As a sponsor/supplier to DEI, Fluent provides DEI engineers with the software, training, and unlimited technical support to ensure that they successfully introduce CFD to their intensive design environment, and achieve maximum benefit from the technology.

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    New Software: CFD Simulation for Better Fuel Cell Design
    Posted Thu November 20, 2003 @11:19AM
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    News The CD adapco Group announces the release of its new "Expert System" software tool, es-pemfc, destined to play an important role in optimizing PEMFC (Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell) design for practical automotive and stationary applications. The new tool is “knowledge based”, carrying with it the essential electrochemistry, fluid flow, heat transfer, and geometrical modeling capabilities required for advanced PEMFC design.

    es-pemfc works with STAR-CD (the Group's computational fluid dynamics, CFD, code) as a specialized virtual design, prototyping and testing environment. Typical issues that can be handled include: cooling channel design, water management to optimize humidity and avoid flooding, design and operation with safe pressure balance across the membrane, and more. These aspects together with gaining a better understanding of the electrochemistry and electrical properties involved enable a better overall balance between all parameters to be achieved, leading to optimized fuel cell performance.

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    Events: FLUENT CFD Conference, 2003 for India and South East Asia
    Posted Mon November 17, 2003 @08:24AM
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    News Fluent India invites you for the Fluent CFD conference for India & South East Asia, scheduled for November 18-20, 2003 at Pune, India. This event will be a wonderful opportunity for Fluent's rapidly expanding CFD community to meet and present some of the best CFD applications.

    Participation is open for all Fluent users in India and South East Asia.

    The objectives of the seminar are:

    • To learn about latest developments in CFD from well-known experts in respective fields
    • To present work in the areas of research or application of CFD to real engineering problems
    • To provide a forum where CFD researchers and practitioners can meet and share their expertise and experiences
    • To familiarize you with latest developments in Fluent software and to allow you to provide input which will influence our future product development plans

    For more information or to register, please visit the Conference Website

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    First CFX South America Users Conference Successful
    Posted Mon November 17, 2003 @08:18AM
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    News The 1st CFX South America Users Conference, sponsored by ESSS, was held in Florianópolis, a beautiful island in southern Brazil on October 20th-22nd. The conference was a great success in attracting many of those involved in CFD in Brazil and the rest of South America.

    Participants and attendees had the opportunity to get learn about a broad range of fluid flow modeling techniques and to become aware of on-going research projects carried out by top South America companies and universities. About 80 visitors attended the event during the 3 days. Dr. Brad Hutchinson from ANSYS CFX was an invited speaker and made 2 presentations - the ANSYS CFX RoadMap and a CFX Product Development Update.

    Twenty-five technical presentations from customers were given and two discussion sessions (multiphase and turbomachinery) were held providing the attendees with the opportunity to exchange information about best practices. In addition, participants could attend Short-Courses on Element-based Finite Volume Method and Turbulence Modeling.

    Based on feedback from attendees, this is expected to be an annual event.

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