National Instruments Releases Trend Watch 2016

National Instruments Releases Trend Watch 2016

National Instruments (NI), a provider of platform-based systems, has released Trend Watch 2016. This report examines a range of topics focused on the Internet of Things (IoT) and its impact on data management, according to the company.

The report includes the following topics:

  • Prototyping Takes 5G From Concept to Reality
  • Big Analog Data of the Future: From the Edge to the Enterprise
  • It’s About Time: Evolving Network Standards for the Industrial IoT
  • Testing the Big Bang of Smart Devices
  • The Consumerization of Software

“As the world becomes more connected, the incredible amount of real-world data available today promises engineers and scientists great insight, but getting that insight can be a challenge,” said Eric Starkloff, NI executive vice president of global sales and marketing. “We strive to help our customers stay ahead of the deluge of analog data by investigating the trends that will help them handle the increasingly complex amount of information they’re acquiring to make the right decisions at the right time.”

For more information, visit National Instruments.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

Siemens PLM Software Launches Imagine. Lab Student Edition

Siemens PLM Software Launches Imagine. Lab Student Edition

Siemens PLM Software has started offering a free student edition of LMS Imagine.Lab Amesim. This software, the company states, will help students apply a model-based systems engineering approach and balance product performance in intelligent systems.

The company is also offering an LMS Imagine.Lab Amesim Educational Bundle designed for universities. This will give users access to an extensive range of the latest LMS Amesim libraries, application-oriented solutions and analysis tools.

The software includes libraries for mechanical, signal, hydraulic, pneumatic, thermal and electrics applications. It lets users connect validated components for multi-domain system modeling.

Analysis tools are available for linear analysis, power and energy calculations, batch runs, plotting facilities and dashboards.

Since the software is an open platform, it supports scripting facilities for MATLAB, Python, Visual Basic Application, Scilab and Modelica.

For more information, visit Siemens PLM Software.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

Thinkbox Software Releases Sequoia

Thinkbox Software Releases Sequoia

Thinkbox Software has released Sequoia, its standalone point mesher. The software converts point cloud data from laser scanners, photogrammetry and other sources.

Sequoia runs on Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X and uses out-of-core asynchronous parallel processing to handle large data sets that exceed system memory on tablets, laptops and graphics workstations. It is natively integrated through Thinkbox’s Deadline compute management solution.

“The reception to Sequoia since we started previewing the technology last year has been tremendous. Our beta testers have been using it in exciting ways we’ve never dreamed, which has pushed us to make Sequoia even better. We’re thrilled to now bring it to market and for architects, designers, engineers and beyond to discover this new faster way of working,” said Chris Bond, founder, Thinkbox Software.

For more information, visit Thinkbox Software.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

ANSYS Releases New Versions of SpaceClaim, FENSAP

ANSYS Releases New Versions of SpaceClaim, FENSAP

ANSYS, a provider of simulation software, has released new versions of SpaceClaim and FENSAP. This iteration, according to the company, enhances speed, efficiency and reliability.

SpaceClaim 2016 has more tools for geometry creation and editing, 10x performance improvements and expanded file import capabilities. Users can now import ECAD files with variable fidelity support, Sketchup 2015, SOLIDWORKS 2015, Creo 3.0 and CATIA V6 formats.

For design, the software is now livelinked with Keyshot for easy model rendering updates. A Skin Surfacing tool has been added to reverse engineer geometry by surface fitting to faceted models. Users can direct edit patch boundaries, connect neighboring patches and automate smoothing.

“Since day one, our focus has been to provide customers with a solution to quickly create, edit or repair geometries as needed in an open platform environment,” said Frank DeSimone, senior director of product development at ANSYS. “For this release, we focused on solving challenges working with complex geometry, developing new tools like the Shrinkwrap and Skin Surface to decrease the time needed to reverse-engineer parts or prepare models for 3-D printing.”

The new release of FENSAP offers improved integration with ANSYS CFX, tools for predicting in-flight icing, more flexible meshing options and direct extraction of simulation results.

“The new release delivers streamlined import and export of required data for more efficient and accurate exchange between the FENSAP products and ANSYS computational fluid dynamics solutions,” said Andre Bakker, senior director of fluids business unit, ANSYS. “Maximizing the accuracy of icing simulation ensures that the engineering insight gained from analysis and the resulting design decisions made truly serve to improve flight safety.”

For more information, visit ANSYS.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

SC15 Plenary Speaker

SC15 Plenary Speaker

Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of the Data Center Group at Intel, discusses the ways supercomputers are aiding HPC and presenting opportunities for applications in research, engineering, entertainment and beyond.

National Instruments Releases IC-3173

National Instruments Releases IC-3173

National Instruments (NI), a provider of platform-based solutions for engineers, has released three new industrial controllers that address the complex requirements of Internet of Things (IoT) applications. This line has fifth-generation Intel processors, rugged packaging, built-in I/O and extensive connectivity options.

The IC-3173 addresses complexity with the following features:

  • Dual-core Intel i7 processors combined with user-programmable Xilinx Kintex-7 160T FPGAs (field programming gate arrays) for advanced signal and image processing and high-speed closed-loop control.
  • Five independently controlled Gigabit Ethernet ports with four that include power of Ethernet (PoE) support and two full-bandwidth controlled USB 3.0 ports for connecting to and processing images from multiple USB3 Vision and GigE Vision cameras.
  • Support for EtherCAT Master, Ethernet/IP, RS232/RS485, Modbus serial and Modbus/TCP.
  • Full support for LabVIEW system design software.

“Industrial systems and machines have become more complex, often incorporating several independent subsystems for specialized tasks such as image processing, multiaxis motion control and operator interfaces. With products such as the IC-3173 industrial controller, system designers can improve performance and simplify system complexity by moving to a centralized approach where one controller is used for many or all of these tasks,“ said Jamie Smith, director of embedded systems at NI.

For more information, visit National Instruments.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

Team Diablo Wins Student Cluster Competition

Team Diablo Wins Student Cluster Competition

Team Diablo, comprised of undergraduate students from Tsinghua University in China received the top prize in the Student Cluster Competition at this year’s Supercomputing Conference in Austin, Texas. This is the team’s third win after victories at the International Supercomputing Conference and Asia Supercomputing Community challenges.

The student competition included the following teams:

  • Team Desert Heat, Arizona Research Computing, United States
  • Illinois Institute of Technology, United States
  • National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
  • Northeastern University, United States
  • Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, Australia
  • Universidad EAFIT, Colombia
  • University of Oklahoma, United States

The competition is a real-time, non-stop, 48-hour challenge in which teams of six undergraduates assemble a small cluster at SC15 and race to complete a real-world workload across a series of scientific applications, demonstrate knowledge of system architecture and application performance, and impress HPC industry judges.

The students partner with vendors to design and build a cutting-edge cluster from commercially available components, not to exceed a 3120-watt power limit and work with application experts to tune and run the competition codes.

“After they announced it, we were really excited,” said Youwei Zhou, a senior undergraduate student and team spokesman. “Our secret is teamwork and each member is capable of understanding the hardware and software. When we get stuck on a problem and cannot progress, we always figure it out with more people working on it. We also find potential performance increases this way.”

Below you’ll find a video about the Student Cluster Competition.

For more information, visit SC15.

Sources: Press materials received from the organization and additional information gleaned from the organization’s website.