Intelligent Light was invited to participate in HPC panel discussions at the HPC User Forum in Seattle this month.
The HPC User Forum included a focused section on HPC Cloud Computing and a Disruptive Technologies Panel moderated by IDC’s Earl Joseph. Intelligent Light General Manager Steve Legensky presented “Revolutionizing Innovation with On Demand HPC” and was a Disruptive Technologies Panel member.
“Intelligent Light is proud to participate in our fourth HPC User Forum event. I am told that our opinions and customer experiences are valued by the HPC community since we are actively delivering solutions to today’s HPC challenges in CAE. Our HPC ready software and expert services offerings have been driven and refined through direct involvement with customers working at the leading edge of HPC driven engineering. People become vastly more productive as they harness the power of HPC.”
- Steve M. Legensky, General Manager & Founder, Intelligent Light
Legensky presented in the Cloud Computing session and used two examples of how customers are leveraging Intelligent light technologies to break through some of the barriers of using cloud computing for tera-scale unsteady CFD. In a joint demonstration project for Daimler-Benz, Intelligent Light and CD-adapco teamed up to create a custom FieldView workflow spanning almost half the globe to analyze a combined CFD and solid thermal model for transient vehicle thermal management, reducing weeks of work to hours.
A second success story involved supporting the DoD CREATE team with in-situ post-processing via DOE’s VisIt and libsim. Intelligent Light is commercializing VisIt /libsim under a DOE grant and provides the server-side software via a BSD license: no license fees permit limitless scaling. The CREATE/AV CFD code Kestel can now compute large unsteady cases remotely and save visualization components from VisIt into FieldView extract databases (XDBs). These files are hundred’s of times smaller than the CFD files and are easily brought to the Navy’s PAX River facility for interaction and movie making. What used to take days is now completed in one hour.
“The HPC community is deeply concerned about software licensing costs for scaling to many cores and into the cloud. Our solution, which provides server-side software with no license fee (charging only for the client side software) was well received by both the end user and hardware vendor communities.”
InsideHPC hosts the archive of presentations and discussions in their special HPC User Forum Video Gallery including IDC’s HPC Market Update and IDC’s Top Growth Areas for 2014 and Beyond by Earl Joseph.
Intelligent Light looks forward to our participation at Turbo Expo every year. This high-quality conference and exhibition brings together many of the leaders working on Turbomachinery projects.
We recognized several themes at the 2014 Turbo Expo in Dusseldorf, Germany. Two themes were especially common:
- Transient data presents workflow difficulties due to the size and complexity of turbo data. The challenges are present with commercial, in-house, and open source solvers. — The use of FieldView XDB files for data management with transient data is increasing and interest is strong. Users wish to generate the XDB files both interactively and automatically in batch. The interactive performance of FieldView with transient datasets continues to open possibilities for analysts with turbo data.
- Automated batch processing is important and reliability is often an issue. — The reliability of FieldView for batch, parallel performance, and full backward compatibility generated excitement among these CFD practitioners.
As always, the event was a great opportunity to meet with our user community in attendance and collect valuable feedback that will drive our accelerated FieldView feature development. Great requests from users working with gas turbines, marine applications, engine development for aerospace, and more.
If you missed us at Turbo Expo, we’d still like to discuss your CFD challenges. Contact Us.
Competition Results Update!
Congratulations to the Concordia University Team on their win of the 2014 Endurance Award for reliability on the track. With 208 design points and 448 MPG, the team achieved their first top 10 finish in their 18 year history in the SAE Supermileage Competition.
FieldView has become a core element of their workflow and will help the team continue to develop their capabilities every year as team members change over time. CFD driven improvements to the engine are already being planned for 2015 and FieldView will be used for their new internal combustion studies.
The use of basic automation including FieldView RESTART files saved Mr. Eminanlou days to weeks as he worked with successive design cases.
Concordia University’s SAE Supermileage vehicle engineering poster presentation. (click for large image)
Body Design Lead Mehran Eminanlou has performed CFD analysis for the team contributing to the engineering knowledge and resulting designs for both external aerodynamics and evaluation of the fuel inlet. FieldView has been used to quickly analyze results from Ansys Fluent for multiple design iterations and on-track wind conditions. FieldView provided the capabilities to evaluate results and create high-quality, informative images, animations, and plots for presentation at design reviews. The speed of FieldView and ability to work efficiently to analyze and compare multiple cases proved to be essential to the project. Moreover, the functionality was accessible without the need to spend lots of time learning how to utilize the required features. The use of basic automation including FieldView RESTART files saved Mr. Eminanlou days to weeks as he worked with successive design cases.
Good luck in Detroit gentlemen!
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Intelligent Light’s own Steve Legensky joins Intersect 360′s Addison Snell and Larry Smarr of Calit2 in this webinar hosted by HPCWire’s Nicole Hemsoth. Mr. Legensky uses real world examples to show the motivation, success criteria, methods, and results that make on-demand HPC a compelling investment for small and large organizations alike.
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An Innovative Transient Post-Processing Approach for a Full Car Thermal Validation Study
Full car CFD simulation using STAR-CCM+ solutions. FieldView post-processing enables large scale transient cases to be productively analyzed. To be presented at the 2014 STAR Global Conference.
STAR-CCM+ and FieldView have been used, through an extract based post-processing workflow, to analyze a very large transient simulation case. This method not only allowed monitoring of simulation results over time, such as the maximum temperature of thousands of car parts and their comparison with the critical temperature of each material, but also allowed investigation of transient phenomena interactively in order to gain better understanding. To our knowledge, this work is unprecedented in the automotive industry.
Intelligent Light is proud of our partnership with CD-adapco. At the 2014 STAR Global Conference, Yves-Marie Lefebvre, FieldView Product Chief, shared leading edge techniques and capabilities developed from our work with CD-adapco and leaders in automotive engineering. The presentation demonstrated just how much CFD data can be efficiently created and utilized, compressing analysis cycles and delivering value from large scale, unsteady STAR-CCM+ simulations.