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CD-adapco and Red Cedar Technology Partner for Simulation Driven Design
Posted Tue June 26, 2012 @09:58AM
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Announcements CD-adapco and Red Cedar Technology have announced they have joined forces to offer a breakthrough solution for design exploration and optimization with CAE/CFD simulation.

Optimate and Optimate+ are add-on modules for STAR-CCM+ that directly employ state-of-the-art process automation and design optimization technology from Red Cedar.


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The Optimate solution, which includes CD-adapco’s Power Token software licensing, eliminates the barriers that have historically prevented CFD-based design optimization with any real practicality.

Optimate allows engineering designers to easily set up, execute, and post-process design exploration studies such as parameter sweeps and/or DOEs. Optimate+ adds the capability to perform automated design optimization studies using the SHERPA algorithm from Red Cedar, providing the required efficiency for optimization with complex CFD simulations. In addition to DOE methods and the SHERPA algorithm, the Optimate add-ons also tap in to Red Cedar’s post-processing methods, which allow users to easily analyze and explore results of design studies.

“The Optimate solution sets a new standard for CFD design exploration,” said Bob Ryan, CEO of Red Cedar Technology. “CFD optimization is now simple, efficient, and cost-effective.”

Following their pattern of innovative CAE software licensing, CD-adapco announced a new Power Token licensing scheme along with the Optimate solution. Power Tokens give the ultimate flexibility to engineers allowing them to maximize their hardware and software configurations for any given situation in the most cost-effective manner. These Power Tokens can be used to “mix and match” the number of simultaneous simulations AND the number of parallel processes within each simulation.

“Software licensing costs have historically been the most prohibitive bottleneck in implementing simulation driven design in many engineering organizations,” said CD-adapco Senior VP Bill Clark. “CD-adapco prides itself on our history of working together with our customers to define innovation not only in engineering simulation technology, but also CAE licensing models. We believe the Optimate solution with Power Tokens provides unprecedented access to cost-effective simulation driven design using advanced CFD methods.”

The Optimate solution along with Power Token licensing will be available with the release of STAR-CCM+ v7.04 in June 2012. The recorded webinar, which included a live demonstration of Optimate, is available from the CD-adapco website.

About Red Cedar Technology
Red Cedar Technology (www.redcedartech.com) helps companies discover better designs, faster. Our optimization software and services assist our clients in producing innovative solutions, reducing product development time and risks, and meeting or exceeding customer expectations. Product teams worldwide use our expertise to design safer vehicles, engineer life-saving biomedical devices, and develop lightweight, innovative structures for air travel and space exploration, among other groundbreaking applications. 

About CD-adapco
CD-adapco (www.cd-adapco.com) is the world's largest independent CFD focused CAE provider. Our core products are the technology-leading simulation packages, STAR-CCM+ and STAR-CD. The scope of our activities, however, extends well beyond CFD software development to encompass a wide range of CAE engineering services in fluid dynamics, heat transfer and structural engineering. Our ongoing mission is to "inspire innovation and reduce costs through the application of engineering simulation software and services."

A privately owned company, CD-adapco has maintained 17% organic year-on-year growth over the last 5 years. CD-adapco employs over 550 talented individuals, working at 21 different offices across the globe.

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