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Flow Science Announces Release of FLOW-3D/MP Version 3.0
Posted Tue April 22, 2008 @09:02AM
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News Flow Science, Inc. announces that a new release of the distributed memory version of its FLOW-3D computational fluid dynamics software is now available.

FLOW-3D/MP v3.0 provides users with more efficient execution and faster simulations while continuing to deliver the same highly-accurate results that users are accustomed to with FLOW-3D.

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This new, robust version for clusters gives engineers shorter design cycles for simulating real-world manufacturing processes involving large flow domains with complex flow phenomena.

FLOW-3D/MP v3.0 has undergone rigorous testing. Efficiencies ranging from 50% to nearly 90% on a variety of problem types have been obtained on 8 processors. Scaling has been demonstrated on up to 16 processors. Runtime improvements on 8 processors range from 7X speed-up in an ideal case to 4X on a very challenging high-speed filling case.

FLOW-3D/MP v3.0 has the same capabilities as the serial 9.2.1 version of FLOW-3D. The MP version includes all the physical models of the serial version, including FLOW-3D's unique General Moving Objects Collision Model that allows moving objects to interact with fluids and other solid objects in a realistic fashion, and faster execution through the use of Unstructured Memory Allocation and Locally Implicit Advection.

In making the announcement, Flow Science's Vice President of Engineering and Customer Support, John Ditter, said, “We feel this new release is rock-solid and offers our customers an excellent opportunity to get their FLOW-3D results faster. We've put a lot of effort into finding ways to improve the efficiency of the software for distributed memory execution, and the benchmarks we've run show the work has paid off.”

FLOW-3D/MP, first released in 2006, uses multi-block methodology to decompose the computational domain into blocks, which are then distributed among the nodes in a cluster. The Message Passing Interface (MPI) programming model is used to communicate data between block interfaces. FLOW-3D/MP v3.0 uses the MPICH2 implementation of MPI.

Flow Science, Inc. is a privately-held software company specializing in transient free-surface flow modeling for a wide range of industrial and scientific applications. Flow Science has a worldwide network of distributors for FLOW-3D sales and support. FLOW-3D is a registered trademark in the USA and other countries.

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