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New Software: Optimal Solutions Launches Optimization Software
Posted Wed December 03, 2003 @08:39AM
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News On October 1, 2003, Optimal Solutions Software, L.L.C., officially launched “Sculptor™”, a revolutionary computational fluid dynamics (CFD) shape deformation and design optimization software tool. This major offering to the CFD industry answers the question of how to improve CFD designs—in the most cost-effective, timely manner.

Working synergistically with such CFD analysis codes as Fluent, WIND, StarCD, and NASA’s in-house CFD codes, the Sculptor design tool has assisted the auto industry, defense contractors, Department of Energy sites, and NASA in quickly finding solutions to complex CFD shaping issues.

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Business: ACUITIV Signs Distribution Agreement With YuriX Visual Simulation
Posted Mon December 01, 2003 @10:56AM
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Post Processing ACUITIV™ Software, the leading provider of next-generation Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) visualization software, today announced a distribution agreement with YuriX Visual Simulation SL (YuriX). Under the terms of the agreement, YuriX will offer ACUITIV Software’s award-winning CFD visualization solution throughout Spain and Portugal and will provide sales, service and support. This announcement demonstrates ACUITIV Software’s commitment to being at the forefront of the growth curve by establishing a global presence with leading distribution and technology partners in one of the highest growth markets for CFD solutions in Europe.

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New Software: Fluent Announces Coupling with Aspen Plus
Posted Mon December 01, 2003 @10:47AM
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News Fluent Inc., Aspen Technology, Inc., and Enductive Solutions, Inc. have announced the availability of a powerful standalone toolkit that interfaces FLUENT®, the world’s leading computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software for detailed flow analysis of process equipment, and Aspen Plus®, the leading process modeling software for the chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, and power industries. The integration of CFD and process simulation enables companies to better understand and optimize the fluid mechanics that drive overall process performance and efficiency.

CFD is a vital technology for simulation, visualization, and prediction of fluid flow, heat and mass transfer, and chemical reactions. It is a critical part of the computer-aided process engineering (CAPE) lifecycle for manufacturing companies around the world. Throughout the process industries, Fluent's CFD simulations are delivering major business benefits by enabling engineers to design for better equipment performance, more effective scale-up, improved safety, and higher productivity.

The development of the integrated software tools were funded in part by the Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy to be used to simulate and visualize advanced plant concepts in support of the DOE's Vision 21 program. The National Energy Technology Laboratory sought a solution to integrate power-plant process simulation with detailed plant component software to meet DOE's goal of modeling the performance of these complex systems.

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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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