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HP Discontinues Itanium Workstation Line
Posted Fri September 24, 2004 @03:33PM
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Hardware X-bit Labs is reporting that HP will cease production of Intel Itanium 2 based workstations, citing demand switch to systems with Intel Xeon processors 64-bit capability known as EM64T.

“HP is discontinuing its Itanium-based workstations. In working with and listening to our high-performance workstation partners and customers, we have become aware that the focus in this arena is being driven toward 64-bit extension technology,” HP’s spokeswoman Nita Miller told X-bit labs.

HP will reportedly continue to sell servers based on Itanium 2 processors.

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A Poignant Meditation on the Relationship Between the Computational and the Physical
Posted Fri September 24, 2004 @10:41AM
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CFD Haiku
Your experiment
does not agree with my code.
Get back in the lab.

Have some fun with your work! Send in your CFD haiku for publication here. There is no reward other than perhaps personal enlightenment. So, silence the mind, yield to spontaneity and send in your CFD haiku today.

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Application: Research Could Lead to Less Airport Noise
Posted Thu September 23, 2004 @04:52PM
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Application From a Madison County Record article:

Airplanes fly over Kader Frendi's home in Madison frequently, and the roaring of the craft's approach to the airport serves as a reminder of research he is conducting at The University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Frendi is searching for ways to reduce noise associated with the takeoff and landing of aircraft. He has been investigating the science of noise generation and noise reduction during most of his academic career. He joined UAH's mechanical and aerospace engineering department five years ago. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) uses computers to solve complex equations that model a problem of external or internal airflow over vehicle shapes.

"One of the big concerns in the aeronautical field is the noise level generated by the takeoff and landing approaches of airplanes," Frendi said. "Most people don't know it, but during takeoff and landing the noise from the airframe is almost equal to the noise made by the airplane's propulsion system." Most of the noise during the plane's approach to the runway is generated by the landing gear, the wing and the moving parts of the wing.

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Business: Fluent Awarded GSA Contract For CFD
Posted Thu September 23, 2004 @04:44PM
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News Fluent, Inc., the world's leader in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software and services has been awarded a contract by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to sell products and services to Federal customers through the GSA program, Fluent announced today.

“We are very excited about the opportunity to better serve our current and future Federal customers as a part of the GSA,” said Swaminathan Subbiah, Vice President - US Operations. “This will make procuring Fluent’s software much more streamlined and cost effective for government agencies.”

This contract enhances Fluent’s ability to provide its products to Federal customers, enabling them to purchase the products and services they need quickly and effectively using pre-established rates. GSA was created by Congress to improve government efficiency and help federal agencies better serve the public. GSA, comprised of 13,000 associates, provides services and solutions for the office operations of over one million federal workers located in more than 8,000 government-owned and leased buildings in 2,000 U.S. communities.

Federal customers can access information about Fluent products and services through the GSA Schedules e-Library by searching by the contract number (GS-35F-0810P), or company name “Fluent”.

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Events: Gridgen User Group Meeting
Posted Wed September 22, 2004 @01:45PM
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Announcements Pointwise is pleased to announce the Gridgen User Group Meeting 2005 will be held at the Renaissance Worthington Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas on April 25-26, 2005. The meeting will include special Gridgen training seminars and training activities, presentations by Pointwise staff on new Gridgen developments, user presentations, and exhibits by our partners. This is a good opportunity for computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) users to learn about the latest Gridgen features, get a glimpse of future developments, and network with other CFD experts from around the world.

Special Gridgen training seminars are scheduled for Monday, April 25. Tuesday’s sessions will include presentations from the Gridgen user community and from Pointwise staff.

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Fine Tuning Aerodynamics
Posted Wed September 22, 2004 @08:17AM
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News Linux Networx has posted an article [pdf] on the use of CFD and cluster computing at Orbital Sciences.

Like many aerospace companies and organizations, Orbital Sciences depends on CFD; specifically, the company is using it to predict how rockets and satellites will perform in various environments. CFD works by turning the region of flow into discrete cubic-like cells. The governing fluid equations are then used to set up a large matrix, which can then be solved using a high-performance computer system.

In the past, Orbital had been limited by a computer system that would get bogged down, resulting in a significant slowdown for CFD problems that could involve more than one million cells.

“In the case where a larger problem was deemed mission critical, there invariably was a need to justify the cost of outsourcing smaller problems that had to be completed, including projected payback on the outsourced engineering work,” said Richard Straka, Vice President and Chief Engineer of Orbital’s Launch Systems Group. “Ultimately these justification efforts pulled engineering talent from its core competencies to convince management to spend the money necessary to support the outsourced CFD.”

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