Swift Engineering, a leader in the design and manufacture of composite structures, including race cars and aircraft, began using high computing power for Computational Fluid Dynamics applications, but its in-house solution was not scalable. Swift turned to Platform Computing to enable engineers to evaluate concepts within hours instead of days.
If you are a user of computational fluid dynamics and thought the CFD world begins with ANSYS Fluent and ends with CEI EnSight, that could soon change. SGI has acquired OpenCFD Ltd, a UK-based company that offers an open source CFD package with the name of OpenFOAM. The idea is to bring CFD software to a much wider audience while generating extra revenue with value-added products and services.
Combustion simulation might seem like the ultimate in esoteric technologies, but auto companies, aircraft firms and fuel designers need increasingly sophisticated software to serve the needs of 21st century engine designs. HPCwire recently got the opportunity to take a look at Reaction Design, one of the premier makers of combustion simulation software, and talk with its CEO, Bernie Rosenthal.
New supercomputer will be used to design complex launch vehicles.
Outdated beliefs stand in the way of greater CFD adoption.
Council on Competitiveness studies have demonstrated that small and medium-size businesses (SMBs) face major hurdles moving to HPC. Auto/aero supplier Swift Engineering proves how worthwhile the journey can be. HPCwire talked with Swift chief scientist Mark Page about the transition and its benefits.
For the first time in 62 years, the four-man Olympics bobsled team from the US captured the gold medal, setting a course world record in the process. The winning bobsled had some state-of-the-art engineering behind it, including CFD software from Exa Corporation. As it turned out, that software may have proved to be the margin of difference in the race.
Formula One engineers differ on benefits of CFD.
But don’t board up that wind tunnel just yet.
Automotive and aerospace simulations get a boost from Windows HPC clusters.