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CD-adapco Purchases Cray XD1 Supercomputer
Posted Wed April 20, 2005 @07:51AM
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News Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. has announced that computational fluid dynamics (CFD) consulting and software firm CD-adapco has purchased a six-chassis (72-processor) Cray XD1™ supercomputer to meet the increasing computational demands of a broad range of CFD problems. Running its own STAR-CD and STAR-CCM+ CFD simulation codes, CD-adapco provides computer-aided engineering (CAE) solutions for the design and manufacture of products in the automotive, aerospace, biomedical, building, environmental, chemical process, marine, oil and gas, power generation and turbomachinery industries.

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U.S. Department of Energy Awards $1.9M to Fluent and its Partners for Clean Coal Initiative
Posted Tue April 19, 2005 @09:45AM
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News Fluent Inc., the world leader in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software and services, has been chosen to participate in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) latest group of clean coal research projects.

These projects support the goal of developing a zero emissions coal-fired power plant, along with related policy initiatives in energy, climate, and hydrogen, including the FutureGen zero-emissions power plant of the future.

On March 16, 2005, U.S. Secretary of Energy, Samuel Bodman, announced the Fluent award as part of a portfolio of $62.4 million for 32 clean coal research projects.

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Software Cradle Selects the Cray XD1 Supercomputer
Posted Mon April 18, 2005 @04:13PM
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Hardware Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. today announced that Software Cradle Co. Ltd., a prominent Japanese computational fluid dynamics (CFD) application developer, has chosen the Cray XD1 supercomputer as the company’s platform for software development and consulting. Software Cradle’s Cray XD1 installation consists of six chassis and 72 AMD Opteron processors. The firm selected the Cray XD1 supercomputer after a test system achieved excellent competitive benchmark results when running Software Cradle’s SC/Tetra software.

For example, in a benchmark test designed to measure turnaround time, a 16-processor Cray XD1 system running SC/Tetra completed a complex problem two times faster than a similarly configured 3.6-GHz Xenon cluster. When more processors were added to assess the systems’ scalability, Cray XD1 performance held steady at up to 64 processors, while the performance of the Xenon cluster dropped off rapidly.

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Events: CFD Professional Development Courses
Posted Mon April 18, 2005 @10:02AM
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Announcements Cranfield University, UK is offering a series of one and two day professional development courses for practising engineers and managers, seeking to enhance their knowledge about CFD.

The course is appropriate for those with a basic understanding of the CFD process who wish to learn more about the issues related to the accurate simulation of turbulent flows.

Course Dates

  • 22 June : Recent Developments in CFD - An Executive Overview
  • 11 July : Introduction to computational fluid dynamics (2 days)
  • 13 July : Introduction to turbulence modelling
  • 14 July : High performance computing for real applications
  • 15 July : Validation and verification for credible CFD

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Events: Virtual Prototyping to Improve Power Plant Emissions
Posted Mon April 18, 2005 @09:52AM
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News The EPA has just released the Clean Air Interstate Rule, which it has described as the "biggest pollution reductions in the last 15 years." It will require power plants in 28 states and the District of Columbia to cut SOx by up to 70% and NOx by 60% by 2015. This is estimated to cost $3.6 billion per year over 10 years while saving $85 billion to $100 billion in health care costs.

Optimization of air quality methodology and equipment relies on flow and thermal distribution, whether in an overfire air system, an SCR, FGD,or mercury control system. The use of flow modeling can ensure proper design and installation of equipment while reducing physical testing to ensure both compliance and cost effectiveness.

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New Software: Tecplot Version 10 Reviewed
Posted Thu April 14, 2005 @09:10AM
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Post Processing Desktop Engineering has posted a review of Tecplot Version 10 visualization software.

If you’re happy with the simple plots available from many sources, MS Excel for example, don’t bother changing. But if you find your needs growing more sophisticated, then have a look at Tecplot 10. With its large variety of plots, high level of available customization, and extensive import/export facilities, it should meet the needs those who need moderate to complex functionality.

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