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MecSoft Ships RhinoCAM 2016

MecSoft Ships RhinoCAM 2016

MecSoft Corporation, a provider of CAD/CAM solutions, has released the latest version of RhinoCAM. According to the company, all four of the software’s modules have been updated and can be purchased independently of each other.

Enhanced features of RhinoCAM 2016 include:

  • 2 Axis, 3 Axis and 4 Axis Milling as well as Turning toolpath methods
  • Cut Material Simulation, Tooling & Feeds/Speeds
  • Knowledge Bases for the automation of programming tasks
  • Utilities for cabinet makers to help in programming toolpaths for cabinet manufacturing
  • Enhancements to the RhinoCAM-NEST module

“RhinoCAM 2016, improves upon a CAM product that consistently exceeds expectations of our users. With an emphasis on automation of programming tasks in this release, along with our continued focus on improving our toolpath generation methods, we are proud to release this product to our customers,” says Joe Anand, president and CEO at MecSoft.

For more information, visit MecSoft.

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

Bitfusion Launches Beta Program

Bitfusion Launches Beta Program

Bitfusion, a developer of optimization technologies for high-performance, compute intensive applications, has launched Boost Beta. The program is a software-acceleration layer that automatically accelerates compute-intensive applications. It offers performance improvements for Blender, RNumPy, Octave, MATLAB, FFmpeg, Torch and more.

Boost Beta lets users automatically upgrade application performance without purchasing new hardware. To do so, it implements custom-compiled and pre-optimized open-source libraries for applications in data analytics, machine learning, rendering and scientific computing.

“So many startups and mid-market companies require faster speeds and better performance not just to keep up with the competition, but to get ahead and really flourish in today’s technology-driven economy,” said Subbu Rama, co-founder and CEO of Bitfusion. “Until now, the costs of upgrading to high-performance speeds was prohibitive. Boost Beta is dramatically cutting the price tag for speed and bringing supercomputing performance to the masses.”

The company has also released its Cloud Adaptor, letting users access FPGA (field programming gate array) and GPU (graphics processing unit) hardware in the cloud without extensive integration.

“Prohibitive pricing and delivery models are hindering innovation. Developers shouldn’t be paying for idle time when there’s better, cost-saving technology available to solve the problem,” said Bitfusion co-founder and COO Maciej Bajkowski. “With Adaptor, we are giving new meaning to what ‘bursting’ to a high-performance hardware cloud means.”

For more information, visit Bitfusion.

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

Autodesk Announces Restructuring Initiative

Autodesk Announces Restructuring Initiative

Autodesk has released a restructuring plan that will accelerate the move to the cloud and help the organization transition to a subscription-based business model, the company states.

According to a company press release, Autodesk seeks to reduce expenses, streamline the organization, and reallocate resources to align more closely with the company’s needs going forward. It plans to reduce staffing levels in the near-term by 10% and to consolidate leased facilities.

“As we progress through our business model transition, we continue to take a comprehensive look at our company to see where we can be more effective and efficient. To realize maximum value for both our customers and shareholders, and as a follow-on to previously discussed cost reduction actions, we are restructuring so we can focus resources on areas that will accelerate the move to the cloud and transition to a subscription-based business,” said Carl Bass, Autodesk president and CEO. “To be clear, the restructuring announced today is not related to anything we are seeing in the macro-economic environment. We ended fiscal 2016 on a high note with very strong fourth-quarter billings growth and continued demand for our subscription offerings. Solid revenues, coupled with continued cost-controls, led to better than expected non-GAAP EPS during the quarter. I’m pleased we were able to deliver these results at such a critical moment in Autodesk’s transition.”

For more information, visit Autodesk.

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

Altair to Open Source PBS Professional

Altair to Open Source PBS Professional

Altair has stated that it will provide an open source licensing option for its HPC (high-performance computing) workload manager, PBS Professional. Scheduled to be released mid-2016, PBS Pro will be available for two different licensing options for commercial installations and as an open source version.

The PBS Pro HPC workload management technology originated from NASA’s Ames Research Center and was acquired by Altair in 2003. It is currently used for scheduling, management, monitoring and reporting on clusters and TOP500 owners.

“There is growing demand for open source middleware technology to support high-end HPC computing initiatives and broader access to HPC both on-premise and via the cloud,” says James R. Scapa, chairman and CEO of Altair. “Our goal is for the open source community to actively participate in shaping the future of PBS Professional driving both innovation and agility. The community’s contributions combined with Altair’s continued research and development, and collaboration with Intel and our HPC technology partners will accelerate the advancement of PBS Pro to aggressively pursue exascale computing initiatives in broad classes and domains.”

For more information, visit Altair.

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

Altair Releases SimLab 14.0

Altair Releases SimLab 14.0

Altair, a provider of simulation technology, has released SimLab 14.0. The software is designed for simplified modeling solutions for analysis problems.

Version 14.0 introduces a new graphical user interface (GUI) that is based on a framework which, according to the company, will be used with all HyperWorks software products moving forwards. Also added to the software is a new ribbon interface, improved optimization workflow, redesigned dialogues and a customizable toolbar to create user-defined workflows.

“SimLab 14.0 represents a first step in the transition to the new HyperWorks user experience. We feel the learnability and efficiency have been significantly improved while maintaining very familiar workflows for the experienced users,” said James Dagg, chief technical officer at Altair.

For more information, visit Altair.

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

Oracle Announces Data Visualization Cloud Service

Oracle Announces Data Visualization Cloud Service

Oracle has launched the Oracle Data Visualization Cloud Service, bringing the company’s analytics to the cloud for accessible, visual data. This solution, according to the company, eliminates the complexity typically associate with blending and correlating data sets.

The service offers automatic data blending, letting users combine data from a variety of sources — such as Oracle and other SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) applications, on-premise systems, external sources and personal files.

“Adoption and usage patterns at our 400+ Business Intelligence Cloud Service customers confirm that fast, easy-to-use data visualization is critical to their businesses,” said Hari Sankar, group vice president, Business Analytics, Oracle. “Oracle Data Visualization Cloud Service makes data visualization 100 percent self-service, empowering business users to go from raw data to actionable business insights in just a few minutes. This new service delivers rich visual analysis, rapid discovery of insights and secure collaboration, enabling fact-based decisions at every level of the organization.”

For more information, visit Oracle.

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

Siemens to Acquire CD-adapco

Siemens to Acquire CD-adapco

Read Kenneth’s Wong’s analysis of the acquisition here.

Siemens and CD-adapco have entered an agreement to have Siemens AG acquire CD-adapco. The developer of CFD (computational fluid dynamics) software, STAR-CCM+ and Multidisciplinary eXploration (MDX) has a purchase price of $970 million, the agreement states.

Last fiscal year, CD-adapco had over 900 employees and revenue of close to $200 million with software-typical double digit margins. On average, CD-adapco increased its revenue at constant currencies by more than 12% annually over the past three fiscal years. Siemens expects this business to continue to experience strong growth in the future.

According to a company press release, CD-adapco will be integrated into the PLM (product lifecycle management) software business of Siemens’ Digital Factory Division.

“As part of its Vision 2020, Siemens is acquiring CD-adapco and sharpening its focus on growth in digital business and expanding its portfolio in the area of industry software. Simulation software is key to enabling customers to bring better products to the market faster and at less cost. With CD-adapco, we’re acquiring an established technology leader that will allow us to supplement our world-class industry software portfolio and deliver on our strategy to further expand our digital enterprise portfolio,” said Klaus Helmrich, member of the Managing Board of Siemens.

Closing of the transaction is subject to customary conditions and is expected in the second half of the 2016 fiscal year.

As we reported in September, CD-adapco’s Co-founder and President Steve MacDonald passed away after leading the company for 35 years.

For more information, visit Siemens.

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

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