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New CFD Pre- and Post-Processing Options Available for Mac
Posted Fri September 10, 2004 @01:12PM
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News In a move bringing together the renowned user experience of Apple Macintosh with the industry’s leading grid generator and postprocessor, Pointwise, Inc. and Intelligent Light are pleased to jointly announce the upcoming availability of their respective CFD (computational fluid dynamics) pre- and postprocessing software, Gridgen and FIELDVIEW, for Mac OS X. The ports are strongly motivated by their common customers at NASA who have begun using Macs for CFD meshing, postprocessing, and visualization. Mac OS X and Xserve provide a powerful and productive environment to handle the compute-intensive tasks and support workgroup data needs, while the Power Mac G5 is a desktop machine people enjoy working with. This is a powerful combination Gridgen and FIELDVIEW users alike will appreciate.

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“NASA engineers at several centers have been using Gridgen for many years so when they requested that we port to the Mac we took a very serious look at this platform,” said John Chawner, Pointwise’s president. Steve Legensky, Intelligent Light’s Founder and General Manager, continues, “When customers come to us asking for a new capability, we listen and respond. The interest in the Mac platform has led directly to our decision to bring FIELDVIEW to Mac OS X.” Gridgen’s and FIELDVIEW’s ports to the Mac leverage two key technologies: OpenGL 3D graphics and the Unix-based kernel of Mac OS X. The platform’s graphics and computing power combine to make it a unique platform for the creation, visualization, and interrogation of complex, 3D geometries, meshes, and flowfields.

Dr. Craig Hunter, a CFD researcher in the Configuration Aerodynamics Branch at NASA Langley Research Center, has this to say about Gridgen and the Mac: “Mac OS X has grown into a strong platform for CFD development and applications in government, academia, and industry, but one area that has been lacking is commercial grid generation tools for complex geometries. I look forward to Gridgen filling that critical need as a preprocessor tool and enabling us to more effectively use our numerous structured grid flow solvers and other CFD tools on Mac OS X.”

“We appreciate the responsiveness of our vendor partners who listen and respond to our changing computing needs,” notes Robert Garcia, Applied Fluid Dynamics Analysis Group Lead, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. “With FIELDVIEW and Gridgen available on the Mac, we have a new, cost-effective option for fluid dynamics pre- and postprocessing. Because we can use our existing floating licenses on a variety of systems, we can readily deploy the Mac among other platforms without changing our software environment.”

“The power, stability and ease-of-use of Mac OS X along with the breakthrough compute and interactive performance of the Power Mac G5 make it an ideal platform for simulation and visualization,” says Ron Okamoto, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. Pre- and postprocessing of data is a crucial part of the CAE process, so we are thrilled to see applications like Gridgen and FIELDVIEW coming to Mac OS X.”

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