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Blue Ridge Launches CFdesign v8.0 for 64-bit Systems
Posted Fri March 24, 2006 @09:23AM
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News In conjunction with the opening of National Manufacturing Week, Blue Ridge Numerics announced that its CFdesign® v8.0 upfront CFD software is available for 64-bit computing environments, further simplifying and expediting the use of large, complex MCAD models for early-stage, upfront, flow and thermal simulations.

The 64-bit version of CFdesign v8.0 is designed to run on high-performance 64-bit processors, which improves performance and scalability.

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For fluid flow and heat transfer simulations that are memory-intensive, the performance and scalability benefits are often dramatic. For example:

Large data sets can be loaded entirely into memory, reducing the need for slower disk access. Complex calculations that take hours to complete on 32-bit systems can be done in minutes.

Models that were simply too big for 32-bit systems are now viable candidates for upfront CFD, giving companies a cost-effective alternative to physical prototyping and testing. Blue Ridge Numerics director of operations and CFdesign product manager Len Whitehead says the ability to handle larger problems directly in primary memory is one of the major performance benefits, “the 64-bit version of CFdesign decreases swapping when the flow and thermal solvers are executing double precision arithmetic and/or algorithmic calculations which means customers get answers faster.”

Whitehead says customers looking to conduct rigorous flow and thermal simulation with extraordinarily large MCAD models like those commonly found in the aerospace, automotive, and electronics sectors will benefit most. Additionally, “our customers who use the CFdesign Motion Module for turbo machinery, motion-driven flow, or flow-driven motion applications will appreciate the benefits of the 64-bit version.”

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