FieldView 15 Preview

by Yves-Marie Lefebvre | October 9, 2014 5:00 pm

The latest release of FieldView, Version 15, is coming in late October.  This is the first FieldView release created under our Agile development process.  Participating users have seen their requests implemented in prototypes along the way and are already seeing benefits.

Among the improvements coming in the new release:

FieldView 15 will address many more feature requests and improvements.  Stay tuned for more details as the release nears.


Our FieldView 15 Beta program will commence soon.  Please contact your sales or support rep if you would like to be included in the beta program.

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Now! Generate FieldView XDB files directly from VisIt 2.8

by Roger Rintala | October 9, 2014 4:30 pm

VisIt users can now generate FieldView XDB files directly from VisIt scientific visualization software.  VisIt is highly scalable, open source visualization software developed by the US Department of Energy.  Intelligent Light is working under a DOE SBIR to provide a robust, hardened version of VisIt for engineering applications.  VisIt includes libsim which is a powerful tool that can be used in support of in-situ post-processing and visualization.  XDB files are generated rather than volume files for interrogation using FieldView.  XDBs help accelerate the CFD workflow also allowing researchers and engineers to ask more sophisticated questions by running more cases at higher fidelity.  These improved studies can increase accuracy and confidence and lead to new insights.


Researchers and engineers working on leadership class HPC systems use VisIt to work with the large datasets that result.  VisIt is built for these ultra-scalable systems, is free of licensing cost at any processor count, and is well suited for work where post-processing takes place as the simulations are run.  Writing out FieldView XDB files from Visit in an interactive session or from libsim in-situ provides persistent extract files which can then be used with FieldView software and archived in compact form for later use.  Leading users are already using the XDB export capability with in-situ post-processing.   FieldView XDB files are a fraction of the size of the original volume data yet retain full numerical fidelity.  When used with FieldView they enable both the interactive exploration of unsteady simulation data and the ready transfer of data.  FieldView is built for engineering productivity delivering powerful and accessible tools for CFD and supporting investments in high capacity, interactive and automated workflows.  This combination bridges the gap between expert users in research domains and engineering experts wishing to use HPC and in-situ post-processing in production environments.


Using XDBs to accelerate the VisIt workflow also allows researchers and engineers to ask more sophisticated questions by running more cases at higher fidelity.  These improved studies can increase accuracy and confidence and lead to new insights.


This is a significant milestone in the development and integration of VisIt with the engineering tools in FieldView that users depend on.  Intelligent Light’s development was performed largely by Brad Whitlock, a member of our Applied Research Group.  Brad is a long-time VisIt developer, formerly working for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).  Several advanced FieldView users are already using XDBs generated in VisIt.  This functionality is delivered in the VisIt 2.8 release for all users and will be supported through normal VisIt support channels.  FieldView users will also be supported through their existing Intelligent Light support programs.


Learn more about how FieldView XDBs[1] are being used as part of a data management and productivity solution:


Massive CFD Data Handled Quickly Without Compromise – Maximize Your CFD Investment[2]

                This real world example uses analysis from the AIAA High Lift Drag Prediction Workshop simulations to show how XDB files enable wholly new levels of productivity for CFD.  The work was performed on a remotely located Cray XE6 system and reviewed locally.  The improvements in overall throughput can be even higher with VisIt running on the HPC systems and delivering the XDB files directly, without writing out large intermediate files.  The work discussed in the paper is was recognized by IDC with their HPC Innovation Excellence Award[3].


                Get the Whitepaper[4] or View the Webinar[5]


VisIt information and downloads at the Visit Software Home Page[6]

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New AMD FirePro Graphics Qualified

by Roger Rintala | September 24, 2014 3:56 pm

AMD FirePro W5100[1]We completed testing of the new AMD W5100 FirePro™ Graphics card at AMD’s request.  The new product includes 4GB of GDDR5 memory for great FieldView performance and we’ve added the product to our supported products database.

“Simply installing the AMD FirePro 5100 delivered an immediate two and a half times speedup over my existing engineering workstation graphics when when rendering turbulent structures around a real-world size Formula One CFD solution.  It was an easy productivity improvement.” – Yves-Marie Lefebvre, FieldView Product Chief

Still need more?  The larger W7100 doubles the memory and more than doubles the number of stream processors in a single slot card. For information on all the new FirePro Graphics options, visit


For questions related to the use of FieldView with your system configurations, contact FieldView support.

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ANSYS® Fluent™ 15 Released with New Parallel Export for FieldView

by Roger Rintala | December 5, 2013 4:42 pm

ANSYS® Fluent™ 15 has been released and introduces a new parallel compatible FVUNS export for FieldView. We recommend that this export be used as the default for all ANSYS Fluent datasets as it will result in dramatic performance increases. Performance increases of 5x on 8 cores are typical and this performance boost comes at no cost to FieldView users.

FieldView 14 standard licenses support use of up to 8 processor cores per dataset. For HPC users, additional scalability (32, 64, or unlimited cores) is available at moderate additional cost. Run FieldView on a local system, on-site or cloud-based server, even across virtualized resources all standard and with maximum performance.

The export is available from the FLUENT Text User Interface (TUI). Simple instructions are available from IL support.

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New FieldView 14 Eliminates Per-Processor Software License Fees for HPC-enabled CFD

by Media | November 13, 2013 6:55 pm

Early Adopters are Reporting Sustainable Competitive Advantages

FieldView is designed for scalability. Every FieldView 14 license will run on 8 CPU cores per dataset  and  high performance computing (HPC) users can run 64 or unlimited cores at moderate additional cost, eliminating often prohibitive per-processor licensing fees.  Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) data management with FieldView 14 makes it easy to work with large amounts of data that reside anywhere: on a local workstation, on-site, remote or cloud-based server without sacrificing performance.  Whether your data is measured in megabytes, gigabytes or terabytes, if you are waiting for data to copy or load, you will benefit from the speed and power of FieldView.


FV14 Multi-Windows and Parallel[1]

Sixteen different variations of alpha and Reynolds number are post-processed simultaneously on screen for the AIAA High Lift Prediction Workshop. FV14 permits 8 cores to be used in parallel for each dataset (a total of 128 cores in this example) with no additional license fees. FieldView image produced for AIAA High Lift Prediction Workshop by Intelligent Light.

Where innovation is the lifeblood of the business, FieldView and HPC are allowing winning organizations to outpace competitors and thrive through rapid, knowledge based product development.  Three of the top four Formula 1 racing teams are using FieldView and exploiting HPC for their aerodynamics engineering with dramatically improved results.  Small- and medium-sized manufacturers and consultancies (SMBs) are managing design risk and accelerating their pace of development with HPC and FieldView.  With FieldView 14, some key operations are 100s of times faster than in previous releases.


Steve Legensky, General Manager at Intelligent Light said, “For many it is fast becoming a game of survival to expand their knowledge base and to make better design decisions many times faster than ever before.  They utilize simulation and expertise to extend and sustain competitive advantage, or risk sacrificing their ability to compete at the profitable leadership position in product development.  FieldView has evolved over many years to allow users to meet this challenge and users are leaving many of their traditional, large data limitations behind.  Our services team is designing and delivering highly productive engineered workflows that capture organizational expertise, automating existing processes and tools.”


Engineering-driven organizations excel when many ideas are created and explored, design-risk is managed, and design cycles are short.  HPC is facilitating the rapid generation of large volumes of CFD results data.  For many, this has led to post-processing becoming a critical workflow bottleneck that prevents all these results from being evaluated.  FieldView 14 removes the post-processing bottleneck from high-performance CFD workflows.  Engineering leaders are using CFD simulation supported by HPC and engineered FieldView workflows that deliver actionable information sooner and free of expensive software cost penalties when using scalable computing.


Engineers Should Develop Designs and Processes, Not Limit Scope of Exploration

Leaders are quickly moving beyond traditional CFD and are utilizing FieldView in workflows that continually test many ideas through high-fidelity, time dependent simulations.  The resulting data is rapidly processed at the source, relevant attributes isolated, and information needed to turn data into knowledge is delivered to engineers.  HPC capacity is leveraged to explore vastly broadened design spaces.


FieldView 14 allows engineers to spend their time on the most important work exploiting trusted data to make informed engineering decisions. Intelligent Light is helping transform enterprises from those that are CFD knowledge rich to small engineering firms exploiting HPC enabled CFD.


“The parallel processing and data extract capabilities in FieldView 14 allowed me to run all the required and optional cases for the 2nd AIAA high Lift Prediction Workshop and deliver the required two-dimensional plotting data like force moments, velocity provides and surface pressures,” said Earl P. N. Duque, Ph. D., Manager of Applied Research at Intelligent Light.  “Early on I realized that I didn’t have to limit the number of cases I ran.  I had enough computer time to create the solutions if I could avoid a bottleneck sifting through the large data files.  FieldView automation and data management allowed me to use the HPC resources to not only run the simulations but also extract out the plot information for all the cases.”


Intelligent Light has received a nomination for an IDC HPC Innovation Excellence Award for work with large data management and received three nominations for HPCwire Readers’ Choice Awards for contributions to the effective and affordable use of HPC for CFD, including FieldView 14.


“CFD data management and effective engineered workflows are making it possible for organizations large and small to use HPC capability to run detailed and thorough design studies to reduce uncertainty and risk to meet the criteria accepted for physical testing, ” commented Legensky.  “The speed and productivity of HPC enabled CFD are providing leading organizations with a tremendous acceleration in their design cycle and ability to explore design alternatives.”


About Intelligent Light

Winner of the HPC Innovation Excellence Award, Intelligent Light provides industry-leading software and services that unlock the power and value of a highly productive CFD workflow for engineering and research organizations in a variety of industries around the world. The company’s flagship FieldView™ product line is the most widely used CFD post-processing software for engineering and research, encompassing data management, workflow automation, visualization, and more. Intelligent Light’s expert staff provides production-related engineering services, while its Applied Research Group conducts pure research on the cutting edge of CFD science.  With customer success its paramount goal, Intelligent Light is driving real-world solutions to the toughest challenges in CFD today.

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