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Reaping the Benefits of HPC-Driven Product Development

Jan 8, 2015 |

The high-stakes global market place with its razor-thin margins has been a boon for innovative solutions and technologies, like high-performance computing, which has been shown to confer a significant competitive advantage. Many manufacturers, especially the larger companies, are already familiar with the benefits that accrue from HPC modeling, simulation and analysis. Yet others remain reluctant or unsure how to Read more…

SpaceX Leverages HPC to Reach Orbit

Jan 2, 2015 |

The commercial revolution in spaceflight is predicated on bringing computing power and Web 2.0 practices to bear in the quest to reduce the cost of lofting payloads to space. All this must be accomplished while demonstrating safety and reliability for the day when commercial space companies begin carrying crews to Earth’s orbit and beyond. Among Read more…

A Platform for Smart Manufacturing

Sep 25, 2014 |

21st century market dynamics put a great deal of pressure on manufacturers to operate differently. Driving forces are many but include the need to satisfy customer demands quickly and to deal with energy constraints and environmental concerns. On the flip side, the growth of network technology in tandem with service-oriented architectures can have a transformative effect Read more…

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…

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

2015 Americas Altair Technology Conference to Begin May 5

Mar 26, 2015 |

TROY, Mich., March 26 — The application of simulation-driven design and optimization to vehicles on land, under the seas, in the air and orbiting the earth will provide the major focal point for keynote speakers at the 2015 Americas Altair Technology Conference (ATC) in Dearborn, Mich., May 5-7. The conference is the premier annual gathering of engineering professionals and thought leaders in Read more…

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…