This Week in CFD

CD-adapco + Siemens

One billion dollars [approx.] is an attention-getting amount of money.

The biggest CFD news of the week which you’ve all probably heard already was Siemens’ purchase of CD-adapco for $970 million (approx. 5x revenue). CD-adapco will be added to Siemens’ Digital Factory Division, specifically their PLM software line.

  • Industry analyst Monica Schnitger wrote about the deal here and here (from Siemens’ Analyst Call).
  • DEVELOP3D wrote about the transaction here. There’s an interesting line in their article that I’ll quote here: “The CFD market is one that’s seeing a lot of action at the entry level – we’ve seen a number of start-ups come online in the last few months. But as ever, the real money to be made in CFD is at the high-end.”
  • It’s on HPC-Wire and Bloomberg and TenLinks.

ANSYS, Exa, and now CD-adapco are publicly traded companies. I’m interested in your opinions on what that means for the rest of the vendors in the CFD market, especially the independents.

ANSYS 17.0

Our friends at ANSYS released ANSYS 17.0 with the tagline “Excellence Times 10” and featuring improvements across their entire suite of tools. Specifically for CFD, this software update includes UI enhancements, meshing improvements (see image below), robustness improvements for conjugate heat transfer, 90% efficient scalability to 129,000 cores, and more.

This surface mesh was generated by Volvo using ANSYS 17.0's automatic scripting capabilities. Image by Volvo from ANSYS. See link above.

This surface mesh was generated by Volvo using ANSYS 17.0’s automatic scripting capabilities. Image by Volvo from ANSYS. See link above.

Events

News & Jobs

  • “The internet’s favorite fluid dynamics blog,” FYFD, has launched a subscription campaign as the start of many new things coming in 2016 because the site’s author, Dr. Nicole Sharp, will be working on FYFD “full-time.”
  • You could win a quadcopter drone in Tecplot’s 2016 Plot Contest. Your plots are due by 31 March.
  • There’s a contract position for a CFD Engineer in the Detroit area.
  • Foam-U is advertising a PhD position in LES modeling of atomization.

Applications

  • Here’s part 3 of a series of articles on CFD and DCIM (data center information management) in which the term “the Tetris effect” is introduced. See image below.
  • [Sweet, rich, creamy] CFD for dairy products via Software Cradle.
Example of using CFD for data center thermal management. Image from The Data Center Journal. See link above.

Example of using CFD for data center thermal management. Image from The Data Center Journal. See link above.

Software

  • OpenCFD released OpenFOAM v3.0+. (From their website, “OpenFOAM+ uses the OpenFOAM Foundation version as a common code base, and offers wider functionality and platform support.”) This new release includes updates in meshing, physical models, and more.
  • Autodesk Meshmixer 3.0 was announced. [I infer nothing from the broken image link on that web page.]
  • GridPro v6.5 was released with UI and automation improvements. (See image below.)
  • Flow Science released FLOW-3D/MP 6.1, the HPC version of FLOW-3D.
  • OpenVSP 3.5.1 was released for parametric aircraft geometry.
  • I’ve just learned about ANAMESH, meshing software from French company Lemma.
Submarine grid in GridPro v6.5. Image from PDC. See link above.

Submarine grid in GridPro v6.5. Image from PDC. See link above.

Unstructured Abstraction

An exhibition celebrating the 80th anniversary of the group American Abstract Artists is a showcase of “the continued relevance and vitality of art that communicates directly through the eye, reaching our intellect and our emotions without words.”

Joanne Mattera, Chromatic Geometry 22, 2015. Image from artist's website. See link above.

Joanne Mattera, Chromatic Geometry 22, 2015. Image from artist’s website. See link above.

 

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4 Responses to This Week in CFD

  1. Frank Ding says:

    Interesting quote from DEVELOP3D about SIEMENS acquiring CD-adapco. I think the same is true for FEA. That is, the real money to be made in FEA is at the high-end too.

  2. John Chawner says:

    Thanks for commenting, Frank. What might this imply about Onshape? Would you consider them an “entry level” CAD system? Is the big money in CAD also at the high-end? What does that imply about a high volume of low dollar users?

  3. Martin says:

    That’s a big number! OK it’s 5x their revenue. But, what about profits? I didn’t read the articles. As we’ve seen with deals in the past, whether it’s wise or not might not be known till the next economic downturn. Rate’s of return are so low that a little profit means you’re worth a lot, as long as you’re able to show consistency and reasonable growth. It probably means little for the independents other than saying now is the time to sell if you’re looking to sell and someone is interested in buying.

    • John Chawner says:

      Hi Martin. One of the slides in Monica’s second post includes the phrase “profitability is [software] typical double digit.” So profits are good. Also included in this quote “the 15% cash return on investment that is a very important KPI for us, will be reached in 2020.” That’s less straightforward for an engineer like me to decipher (I need to ask my brother the finance major) but I think that’s a positive statement. Add to that the fact that CD-adapco’s revenue has grown 12% the past three years and the deal seems to be good for Siemens. Also, Siemens seems to be making this a strategic investment that will result in good things for their entire PLM Software line. Plus, I suspect that our friends at CD-adapco are happy with the price too. It’s just unfortunate that Steve couldn’t be here for the announcement although you can be damn sure he knew it was coming.

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