Intelligent Light Visits Open Source
Intelligent Light, makers of the FieldView CFD postprocessing software, announced the receipt of a $1 million phase 2 grant from the U.S. Dept. of Energy to commercialize the DoE’s VisIt software. Integration of FieldView into VisIt is said to have begun. VisIt is an “open source interactive parallel visualization and graphical analysis tool.”
There’s no mention of exactly how the two products will be integrated, offered, supported, and maintained.
- FieldView 13 product page
- VisItusers.org, a user community website
- Note: Web pages for VisIt at Lawrence Livermore National Lab appear to be offline.
Also from Intelligent Light comes this case study on how automotive engineers can address their challenges using engineered workflows.
- The CAE Watch blog debunks two myths of open source CFD: it’s the cheapest solution and it’s inferior to commercial tools. [Remember: open source CFD is free like a puppy is free.]
- Boston University’s Prof. Lorena Barba has released 12 Steps to Navier-Stokes, a self-paced introductory CFD course presented in the form of IPython Notebooks. [Regrettably, I have not yet had a chance to run through the 12 steps myself yet.]
- When wind loads become a pacing factor in the design and operation of large ships and offshore platforms it’s time for a new, joint industry effort to develop standards for application of wind tunnel and CFD data.
- Flow Science published the FLOW-3D Newsletter for summer 2013 including an article about partially overlapping and conforming mesh blocks.
- Have you seen the OpenFOAM Code Style Guide?
News from SIGGRAPH
- Here’s a CAD-oriented summary of SIGGRAPH.
- Will gITF do for 3D content what mp3 did for music?
- Here’s a brief note about OpenGL on mobile devices. [Can you tell SIGGRAPH was held recently?]
- Speaking of SIGGRAPH, why is its attendance falling?
- How would you incorporate Disney’s AIREAL 3D haptic feedback device into CFD visualization?
- Here’s Best of the Visualization Web for June 2013. [Not really SIGGRAPH but it fits.]
- In this Life Upfront podcast Wayne McClelland offers presentation skills for engineers. [Hint: we all need help on this.] His one tip that you implement today to improve your presentations surprised me.
- intrinSIM and BeyondCAE announced a collaboration for helping engineering software firms go from technology to market.
JRV Symposium Wrap-Up
Z.J. Wang, organizer of June’s symposium Four Decades of CFD: Looking Back and Moving Forward, has written a brief overview of the event. The symposium honored the careers of CFD legends Antony Jameson, Phil Roe, and Bram van Leer.
Z.J.’s write-up includes links to many of the conference presentations and photos of the assembled group. [Some day "soon" I want to write-up my notes from the event.]
Everyone is Discretized
New media artists James Susinno and Mark J. Stock (aka Axes) emphasize the increasing digitalization of humankind with Everything is Made of Atoms. The installation consists of a Kinect for spatial imaging and a fluid simulation for effects that are displayed on a flat screen monitor with the result that the viewer can “interact” with their digital self.
To me it looks like mesh cells being shed from a discretized person.