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Of Micelles and Machines: HPC Simulations Transform Everyday Household Products

Jul 22, 2014 |

Have you ever dropped your brand new razor or a full bottle of hand soap on a tiled bathroom floor and wondered why it didn’t simply shatter into a dozen pieces or split apart and create a gooey mess? Maybe next time that happens, you’ll thank computer modeling and simulations, not just your lucky stars. Read more…

The UberCloud Experiment Continues…

Jun 16, 2014 |

Improved product quality, faster time to market and ultimately increased ROI have long been associated with the adoption of HPC tools. The benefits that engineers and scientists can expect from using technical computing in their research, design and development processes can be huge. In spite of this, there is still unmet need with relatively few Read more…

Engineering Codes to Meet the Exascale Era

May 8, 2014 |

As we look to the future applications for exascale-class computers, the grand science challenges are often first on the list. From modeling the climate to the underpinnings of the universe, the problems most often associated with exascale computing are epic in scope. However, the range of complex, multidisciplinary engineering problems that can be solved with Read more…

Workflow as a Service Expanding Beyond HPC

Mar 17, 2014 |

At the height of the first wave of the commercial cloud computing boom, around 2008, two HPC industry figures, Brian Schott and Robert Graybill, put their heads together to see how clouds might support high performance computing workloads. Their efforts led them to develop a “clearinghouse” for cloud-based HPC platforms and applications, which in turn Read more…

Altair Crash Tests New Xeon E7s

Mar 12, 2014 |

RADIOSS, one of the top structural analysis solvers in the industry, is used by auto companies like Ford and PSA in France to run car crash and other simulations to test safety and viability of a broad array of products. Like similar CAE codes, it is highly parallelized for top performance on large, powerful clusters–and Read more…

Short Takes

ANSYS Simulations Weigh in on Deflategate

Jan 30, 2015 |

Even if you aren’t among the third of Americans who will sit down to watch the Super Bowl this Sunday, if you follow the news you are undoubtedly familiar with ‘Deflategate,’ the scandal surrounding under-inflated footballs that cast a dark cloud over the New England Patriots’ win over the Indianapolis Colts over a week ago. Read more…

IBM Advances Self-Assembly in 3D Transistors

Jan 28, 2015 |

The key to Moore’s law is the ability to incorporate ever-smaller feature sizes into each new chip generation. While the exponential progress ensconced in the “law” has slowed down in the last decade, the payoff is still compelling enough that chip engineers will go to great lengths to forestall its long-predicted demise. One of these Read more…

Greening the World’s Most Ubiquitous Building Material

Jan 23, 2015 |

Concrete is one of the oldest building materials with a history dating back to ancient Egypt. Today, concrete – comprised primarily of water, aggregate and cement – is the most widely used material in the world. Despite being a fairly low-impact material environmentally speaking, creating concrete still takes energy; thus the wide deployment of the Read more…

Champagne Ushers In New Year of Simulations for RIKEN

Jan 7, 2015 |

Today, one week after New Year’s, champagne bottles are still lining many recycling bins as a final reminder of our celebrations that brought in 2015. But for some physicists, champagne (or more specifically, the science behind its bubbly nature) is especially meaningful this year, as it helped to confirm a more than 50-year-old theory of Read more…

UK Project Tackles Bike Helmet Safety

Nov 13, 2014 |

There are certain HPC projects that stand out for their ability to help humankind in practical ways. One recent example of such a project combines state-of-the-art 3D printing and supercomputing technology to develop next generation bicycle helmets that can reduce the risk of serious brain injury. Cardiff University colleagues Dr. Peter Theobald and Dr. Philip Read more…

Off the Wire

Nimbis Receives Grant to Increase Adoption of HPC Modeling & Simulation in Advanced Manufacturing

Mar 20, 2015 |

MCLEAN, Va., March 20 — Nimbis Services Inc. (Nimbis), Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC), and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have partnered to research a solution for an open Workflow of APPs under a Phase I grant from the Department of Energy (DOE) Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program. The workflow environment will support the Read more…

LLNL and GE Receive Funding to Develop Algorithms for Additive Manufacturing

Mar 13, 2015 |

LIVERMORE, Calif., March 13 — General Electric and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) recently received $540,000 to develop open-source algorithms that will improve additive manufacturing of metal parts. The award is from America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute that’s focused on helping the U.S. grow capabilities and strength in 3D printing. America Makes is funding Read more…

Stalprodukt S.A. Selects Cray XC30 Supercomputer for Modeling Steel Designs

Feb 24, 2015 |

SEATTLE, Wash., Feb. 24 — Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. today announced that Stalprodukt S.A., a leading global steel processor, purchased a Cray XC30 supercomputer for structural analysis modeling used in the testing of steel designs. This continues Cray’s worldwide expansion and is the first Cray XC supercomputer in Poland. To meet Stalprodukt S.A.’s requirements, Cray delivered a Cray XC30 supercomputer Read more…

NeedipeDIA Established by the DIA

Feb 17, 2015 |

Feb. 17 — The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences has recently partnered with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). DIA provides military intelligence to warfighters, defense policymakers and force planners in the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community, in support of U.S. military planning and operations and weapon systems. While they have diverse expertise in Read more…

ANSYS 16.0 Released

Jan 27, 2015 |

PITTSBURGH, Penn., Jan. 27 — From simulating the interactions between software and hardware that fuel the Internet of Things to better understanding the full spectrum of advanced structural materials, the newly released ANSYS 16.0 offers advanced functionality enabling engineers to rapidly innovate new products. ANSYS 16.0 delivers major advancements across the company’s entire portfolio, including structures, fluids, electronics and Read more…