- The ASSESS Initiative‘s website is now live. Quoting from their website, ASSESS “is a broad reaching multi-industry initiative with a primary goal to facilitate a revolution of enablement that will vastly increase the availability and utility of engineering simulation, leading to significantly increased usage and business benefits across the full spectrum of industries, applications and users.”
- ASSESS’ primary event is the ASSESS Congress, the 2017 edition of which will be held 01-03 Nov in Potomac, Maryland. (Invitation only.)
[Not Fake] News
- Monica Schnitger shares astute observations from ANSYS’ Q4 results including the following that I found notable.
- The company has its sights set on doubling revenue from US$1 billion to US$2 billion.
- During Q4, the company closed 7 deals worth more than US$10 million each.
- M&A and flexible licensing options are two paths to their revenue goal.
- 3D Systems experienced revenue growth in 2016 Q4 of 6% and is forecasting revenue growth of 2-8% for 2017. [My interest in 3D printing has a lot to do with the fact the process takes as input a mesh. And in at least one case, its output is a mesh too.]
- Envenio summarizes ENGINEERING.com’s survey on how engineers get information.
- Vendor websites and digital publications are at the top of the list.
- 40% report getting info from social media.
- 80% will research online (i.e. Google) before contacting a company.
- ICYMI, Pointwise’s webcast on Glyph Scripting with Python is available for your viewing pleasure.
- The Thermal & Fluids Analysis Workshop (TFAWS) 2017 will be held at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center on 21-25 August. The deadlines for abstracts and final manuscripts have not yet been posted.
- As reported by Inside HPC, the call for papers has opened for SC17 [nee Supercomputing] to be held this November in Denver. Abstracts are due 20 March.
- Melanie Mitchell was announced as the keynote speaker for this year’s COFES (Congress on the Future of Engineering Software). Mitchell’s expertise in system complexity dovetails with 2017’s COFES theme of Complexity and Transformation. Note: COFES is an invitation only event. [My favorite quote about complexity is “Things can be complex; they need not be complicated.]
- The 5th International Workshop on High Order CFD Methods will be held the weekend prior to AIAA SciTech 2018, 06-07 January, in Orlando.
- NASA has a Tumblr [not a surprise] and here they’re promoting 5 NASA software codes that can be freely downloaded and 3 of them are CFD [kinda surprising]: TetrUSS, KNIFE (part of FUN3D), and Cart3D.
- Siemens PLM Software officially launched STAR-CCM+ v12.02.
- Snas3D is a [new to me] structured, multi-block RANS solver.
- CEI announced EnSight 10.2 for CFD post-processing. This updated of their software is said to have improved the quality and performance of visualizations.
- Onshape shared 10 principles for improving user experience and the one that hit home for me was #10 Think about decisions, not options.
- ENGINEERING.com introduces us to cloud-based, thermal CFD startup Diabatix.
Facets That Unite Us
It’s not often that my desire to see meshes and facets everywhere and my wife’s enjoyment of the textile arts intersects, but here we have it. What you see below is the Best in Show winner from QuiltCon 2017. Yes, that’s a quilt. As Australian quilter Katherine Jones says, she was inspired by a princess cut diamond to piece together cuts of solid colored fabric.
Bonus: Many terms in our industry get overused to the point of confusion. For example, I would make the case that “the cloud” and “democratization” are used so frequently and casually that they mean different things to different people. The same maybe true of “exascale” as pointed out in this commentary by the VP of IDC’s high performance computing group. Floating point computations may no longer be the king of HPC because of the varying demands of other applications that desire exascale (data mining, IoT, etc.). So we need to be clear in our communication and expectation of exascale systems, at least until (as the author points out) we hit the next major milestone, zettaflops. [Not to be confused with Catherine Zeta Jones’ performance in Playing for Keeps.]
Final Note: I wrote this while listening to electronic music described as a “cognition enhancer” and recommended to me by someone whose opinion I respect. Only you can decide, however, if it made this blog post any better than the previous ones.