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Pointwise Announces Special Program for CFX Users
Posted Tue November 25, 2003 @12:06PM
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News Pointwise, Inc. today announced a special program for engineers using the popular CFX and CFX-TASCflow computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software. Between now and 31 January 2004, CFX users can add a Gridgen license to their existing CFX-Build preprocessor for 50 percent off Gridgen’s list price.

“Many CFX users like Gridgen’s flexibility in creating structured, unstructured, and hybrid grids all in one program,” said Dr. Richard Matus, V.P., Sales and Marketing at Pointwise. “And when they factor in being able to use Gridgen’s powerful scripting language to automate many tasks, Gridgen is a natural supplement for CFX users.”

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A New Tool for Reacting Flow Analysis
Posted Tue November 25, 2003 @11:44AM
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News The CD adapco Group and Reaction Design jointly announce the release of STAR/KINetics, a software tool for simulating processes involving both rate-based chemistry and complex fluid dynamics.

STAR/KINetics is a close coupling of STAR-CD, the leading tool for complex flow simulation, with proprietary solvers and components of CHEMKIN®, Reaction Design's powerful chemical kinetic simulation package. STAR/KINetics allows researchers to seamlessly solve reacting flows with comprehensive treatment of both detailed chemistry and intricate flow geometries, including heterogeneous interaction at gas-solid interfaces. The tool's great strength lies in an unrivalled ability to predict the interplay between fluid transport, heat transfer, and chemistry in applications ranging from materials processing, to combustion, and to chemical manufacture.

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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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