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COMSOL Multiphysics Available on Rescale

COMSOL Multiphysics Available on Rescale

COMSOL has released COMSOL Multiphysics on the Rescale simulation platform. In doing so, the company states, it is providing more access to simulation applications and the COMSOL Server.

Now COMSOL Multiphysics users can run computationally demanding analyses on high-end hardware that matches the power and flexibility of their solvers. Users submit simulations using their existing Multiphysics licenses with on-demand high performance computing (HPC) hardware. The new Rescale and COMSOL collaboration allows users to accelerate their COMSOL Multiphysics analyses using Rescale’s pay-per-use HPC platforms, leveraging built-in administration and collaboration tools designed to improve and speed-up the simulation process, a company press release states.

“For customers seeking HPC resources for bigger analyses, this important initiative with Rescale allows our users to take full advantage of both the COMSOL Multiphysics software and Rescale’s secure and flexible simulation environments,” says Phil Kinnane, vice president of Business Development, COMSOL.

For more information, visit COMSOL.

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

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.

NVIDIA Announces Complete Hyperscale Data Center Platform

NVIDIA Announces Complete Hyperscale Data Center Platform

NVIDIA has introduced an end-to-end hyperscale data center platform that lets companies accelerate machine learning workloads. It is comprised of two accelerators. One allows researchers design new neural networks and increase the number of applications powered with artificial intelligence. The second is a low-power accelerator designed to deploy networks across the data center.

This new offering uses the Tesla Accelerated Computing platform and includes a suite of libraries that are GPU (graphics processing unit) accelerated. New additions to the platform are:

  • NVIDIA Tesla M40 GPU: An accelerator designed for training deep neural networks.
  • NVIDIA Tesla M4 GPU: A low-power accelerator for machine learning interference.
  • NVIDIA Hyperscale Suite: Software optimized for machine learning and video processing.

The M40 GPU, according to the company, allows data scientists to save days or weeks of time training neural networks. It is optimized for machine learning, built for 24/7 reliability and scale out performance.

The NVIDIA Tesla M40 GPU provides scalability. Image courtesy of NVIDIA.

For lower-power applications, the M4 GPU offers a smaller form factor, higher throughput and a user-selectable power profile to consume 50-75 watts.

The NVIDIA Tesla M4 GPU offers low-power usage for neural network applications. Image courtesy of NVIDIA.

The Hyperscale Suite has tools for developers and data center managers, and has cuDNN, FFmpeg multimedia software, Image Compute Engine and a GPU REST Engine.

“The artificial intelligence race is on,” said Jen-Hsun Huang, co-founder and CEO of NVIDIA. “Machine learning is unquestionably one of the most important developments in computing today, on the scale of the PC, the internet and cloud computing. Industries ranging from consumer cloud services, automotive and health care are being revolutionized as we speak. “Machine learning is the grand computational challenge of our generation. We created the Tesla Hyperscale Accelerator line to give machine learning a 10X boost. The time and cost savings to data centers will be significant.”

For more information, visit NVIDIA.

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

Additive Manufacturing Users Group Announces 2016 Conference Keynoters

Additive Manufacturing Users Group Announces 2016 Conference Keynoters

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) has stated its featured keynote speakers for the organization’s annual AMUG Education & Training Conference in St. Louis this April. The lineup includes Todd Grimm, Jason Lopes and Paul Litchfield.

Todd Grimm, president of T. A. Grimm & Associates and AMUG’s AM industry advisor, will open the conference on Monday, April 4. His presentation, titled “The Age of Innovation,” will disclose current and future trends, as well as recent product introductions. Grimm says that he will discuss these developments while offering guidance that will help attendees create strategic and tactical action plans.

Jason Lopes of Legacy Effects, returns for his fourth AMUG keynote appearance. Lopes, who is also speaking on Monday, April 4, has been a sensation with his visual journeys of the special effects the studio has worked on that have used additive manufacturing. In his presentation, he will share the tools he has used, the creativity employed and the amazing results that were achieved.

Paul Litchfield opens the final day of the conference with “The Legacy of Reebok Innovation in Partnership with Additive Manufacturing,” giving attendees insight into Reebok Advanced Concepts’ operations.

The conference includes the Innovators’ Showcase, an on-stage conversation with Scott Crump, Stratasys co-founder and chief innovation officer.

“We are very pleased that Jason Lopes and Todd Grimm have once again agreed to share their views and experiences at the AMUG Conference. Both of these men are perennial favorites of our attendees due to their insights and inspirational speaking styles. We are also excited to have Paul Litchfield, the man behind the Reebok Pump and a driving force for additive manufacturing, appear at our conference for the first time. He has some great stories and insights to share,” says Mark Barfoot, president of AMUG.

For more information, visit the Additive Manufacturing Users Group.

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

Becoming 3D Partners with MarkForged

Becoming 3D Partners with MarkForged

Becoming 3D, a provider of 3D design-to-manufacturing solutions, has become a MarkForged Flagship Reseller.

MarkForged currently produces the only composite 3D printer, the Mark One. It lets users print parts with continuous strand carbon fiber, Kevlar and fiberglass. Using a patented process of a Composite Filament Fabrication (CFF) print head, alongside a FFF (Fused Filament Fabrication) print head, the Mark One enables engineers to print end-use parts, brackets tooling and fixtures that traditionally are made from metals.

Users can also pause a print then add components before continuing the print.

Becoming3D’s comprehensive assessment and solution approach includes a financing program, training, supplies and servicing — critical elements for schools and businesses that are normally not included in the purchase of 3D printers.

“We are extremely excited to partner with MarkForged,” said Grant Sadowski, founder of Becoming 3D. “Their innovative technology and unique product offerings using nylon, fiberglass, carbon fiber and Kevlar positions us uniquely in the marketplace for success. We have experienced tremendous response from our customers since partnering with them.”

For more information, visit MarkForged.

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

Mentor Graphics Announces Don Miller Award Winners

Mentor Graphics Announces Don Miller Award Winners

Mentor Graphics, a provider of electronic software design solutions, has recognized the winners of its first Don Miller Award for Excellence in System-Level Thermo-Fluid Design. The company established the award to recognize applications of Flowmaster software in research and real-world applications.

This year’s winners were Andrea Tradii, Stefano Rossin and Reccardo De Paolis of GE Oil & Gas. Their work, “Experimental Validation of Steam Turbine Control Oil Actuation Systems Transient Behavior,” was presented at the 2014 International CAE Conference. According to a company press release, it demonstrates the value of simulating the multiphysics of the fluid-mechanical interactions of a steam turbine trip valve with Flowmaster.

The runners-up were from Flow Design Bureau AS and Florence University. At Flow Design, a team investigated the use of 1D and 3D CFD (computational fluid dynamics) as complementary simulation methods and optimized piping systems. Florence University was recognized for its work on understanding interactions between fluid, mechanical control and control logic of a steam turbine control valve.

“I am deeply honored to have an award in my name, and to see the tremendous body of work executed by these outstanding engineers,” stated Don Miller, former research director for BHR Group. “I had no idea the capabilities Flowmaster would provide users with when I sought venture capital funding 35 years ago. The prize-winning entry clearly demonstrates that from a core of validated data, not only can the thermal/fluid flow performance of complete systems be simulated, but also the functioning of complex individual components that carry out vital control and safety functions.”

For more information, visit Mentor Graphics.

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

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