This Week in CFD

Pointwise User Group Meeting 2016

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Come join us in Fort Worth, Texas on 21-22 September for the Pointwise User Group Meeting 2016. The call for papers is open (due date is 01 July) – this is your opportunity to share your CFD work and the Pointwise meshes you used.

Software

  • CFMS will participate in the UK’s Hyperflux++ project which aims to create the next generation of CFD tools using high order methods.
  • CONSELF Cloud CFD v2.0 was released with new features such as vertical apps, cut cell hex meshing, and improved BC setup.
  • CONSELF also explains common CFD terms.
  • ENGINEERING.com writes about improvements to the Cartesian meshing in FloEFD v15.
  • And Desktop Engineering interviewed Mentor Graphics’ manager for the aerospace and defense market on how FloEFD serves CFD use in small and medium sized enterprises. “FloEFD’s solver is so stable that the designer would have to apply irrational boundary conditions for the solver to diverge and not come to a solution.”
  • DEVELOP3D calls ANSYS “a simulation legend” in this article about Workbench R17.
  • FEATool 1.4 (FEA toolbox for MATLAB) was released with major changes across the entire application.

Applications

This EnSight visualization of a CONVERGE model won Aimilios Sofianopoulus the cover of Stony Brook University Institute of Advanced Computational Science Annual Magazine. Image from CEI.  Sorry, no URL.

This EnSight visualization of a CONVERGE model won Aimilios Sofianopoulus the cover of Stony Brook University Institute of Advanced Computational Science Annual Magazine. Image from CEI. Sorry, no URL.

ANSYS CFD simulation of a Red Bull Formula 1 car. Image from InsideHPC.com. See link above.

ANSYS CFD simulation of a Red Bull Formula 1 car. Image from InsideHPC.com. See link above.

People & Events

Computers and Computing

  • If you missed the 2016 Stanford HPC Conference you can catch-up on exascale, the cloud, and more in their video gallery (including presentations from Rescale and UberCloud).
  • Vulkan 1.0 is a “new generation graphics and compute API” for use with GPUs.
  • A European consortium is working on ARM-based exascale computing.
  • And Inside HPC also writes about some of the specific challenges of bringing HPC into the cloud.

Red Meshing

Red Painting (see below) may be my favorite of Mark Bradford’s works and not just because of its mesh-like appearance. However, just like meshing there are aspects of both order and chaos, process and automatism, surface and depth.

And he must be having a little fun with us because it’s not really a painting. It’s categorized as a mixed media collage. He layers on papers, pigment, and other materials and then works it over by scoring and sanding. Kinda like generating an initial mesh and then smoothing and refining it. (Did I take the meshing analogy one step too far?)

Mark Bradford, Red Painting, 2009. Click image for source.

Mark Bradford, Red Painting, 2009. Click image for source.

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