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Newsletter: Announcing FieldView 14, New Whitepaper: Big CFD for High Lift Workshop

This edition of our newsletter announces the availability of the FieldView 14 release, a new large scale CFD whitepaper based on work done for the AIAA High Lift Workshop, and Intelligent Light’s recognition in the HPCwire Readers’ Choice Awards.

In this issue:

FV14 multi-windows wing plot

HiLift Wing and plot.
FieldView 14 allows multiple interactive views of datasets.

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Digital Manufacturing Report: Data Management: The Missing Link to the Missing Middle

Digital Manufacturing ReportDigital Manufacturing Report Managing Editor, Chelsea Long published an article on CFD Data Management as it relates to HPC adoption by small and medium sized manufacturers (SMMs).  Read the article

You have to get past the risk reduction argument before you can start to sell based on ROI.  The small-to-medium guys aren’t seduced by CFD and it’s great mystery or promise. If they can’t cost-effectively predict the behavior of new products with low uncertainty, they’re not interested.

Steve M. Legensky

Founder and General Manager, Inteligent Light


Helping Prof. Sven Schmitz at Penn State with Wind Energy Project

Prof. Schmitz initial wind turbine

Image from initial OpenFoam simulation in study of wind turbine wake structures. FieldView image courtesy of Prof. Sven Schmitz, Penn State.

Prof. Sven Schmitz and his students are using OpenFOAM and FieldView to study wind turbine wake structures. I just helped them get FieldView up and running on up to 32 CORES in both Client/Server mode and in Batch mode on their HPC cluster Cocoa.  The simulations totaled 15 million grid points, 416 grids with 50 scalar and 8 vector quantities – EACH TIME STEP.  Running FieldView in batch mode with 16 shared memory cores on 1 compute node, it took about 6 minutes per time step to read the data, create coordinate cut planes and iso-surfaces of vorticity, then output data extracts (XDB), movies and pictures.  I’ll be working with Prof. Schmitz’s students on using this custom XDB workflow to make a movie for the ‘Gallery of Fluid Motion’ for the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics.


Wake Turbulence of Two NREL 5-MW Wind Turbines Immersed in a Neutral Atmospheric Boundary-Layer Flow (access to Movie and PDF)


5enses Magazine Profiles IL’s Earl Duque

Go Figure: Art and science cast in Intelligent Light for Earl Duque

Our own Earl Duque, Manager of Applied Research, was interviewed and profiled for art and science magazine 5enses.

These visualizations help people understand what we’re doing, they’re beautiful and compelling, and can certainly be viewed as art, there’s hardcore engineering behind them, as well.” – Earl P. N. Duque, Ph. D.

“Earl taught me how to do CFD computations in a thorough, professional manner … and to always question my results and make sure they were right, these aren’t skills I learned in a classroom… he instilled these practices in me.” – Abigail Arington

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