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The Living Heart Project to Revolutionize Cardiovascular Science through Simulation

Dassault-LHP-Cave-1-hi-res-aWhat if physicians and surgeons could virtually analyze their patients’ health and plan therapies and surgeries using the same advanced simulation technology that the automotive, aerospace, energy and hi-tech industries rely on to test their product before they are built? What if medical devices could be designed and safely tested in the virtual world before ever being tested in the real world? If we apply the power of realistic simulation to human modeling, we can revolutionize medical care. And that’s one of the goals of the Living Heart Project (LHP). Under the lead of Dassault Systemes SIMULIA LHP is uniting leading cardiovascular researchers, educators, medical device developers, regulatory agencies, and practicing cardiologists on a shared mission to develop and validate highly accurate personalized digital human heart models. Read more about LHP on SIMULIA’s website HERE.

Going Vertical with Engineering Software

AltaSim-HeatSinkSim-app-interface2Until recently, most of the engineering simulation software packages were trying to cover the broadest possible range of applications with the aim of reaching out to as many users as possible. This made / makes this software quite difficult to use, with a large number of parameters and ‘knobs’ to accommodate for as many possible geometry and physics as possible. This software is certainly manageable by the experts, but difficult to learn and use by the novice engineer. Recently, we are observing some changes: engineering software like the one from Autodesk (e.g. Forge), COMSOL (e.g. App Server and HeatSinkSim App), Dassault (e.g. the Living Heart Project), Siemens PLM (TeamCenter) and a few others added specific vertical components to focus on specific vertical markets and applications. How this evolved over the past few years can nicely be read in THIS ARTICLE from Desktop Engineering. What has not been discussed in this article is the next important step of taking these vertical software offerings to the cloud, as a service. Only then, EVERY engineer can use them at their fingertips, as an on-demand service, democratizing CAE.

CFD Vision 2030 Study: A Path to Revolutionary Computational Aerosciences

NASAAlthough this study prepared for NASA Langley Research Center is already from 2013, it is still worth reading. This 58-page report represents the findings and recommendations of a multidisciplinary team that was assembled in response to a NASA Research Announcement (NRA) with the goal of formulating a knowledge-based forecast and research strategy for developing a visionary CFD capability in the notional year 2030. The diverse team members bring together deep expertise in the areas of aerodynamics, aerospace engineering, applied mathematics, and computer science, and the team includes members with extensive experience from industry, academia, and government. The 3-page Executive Summary comes with a list of Findings, Vision, and Recommendations. Download the NASA study HERE.

New on Youtube: COMSOL Multiphysics in the Cloud powered by UberCloud

Comsol AppUberCloud just published three short 3-minute videos on Youtube about ‘Easy setup for HPC in the Cloud’, ‘Replicate Your Workstation in the Cloud’, and ‘COMSOL Multiphysics Simulations on a Multi-node Cluster in the Cloud’. In these three videos Thomas Francis from UberCloud demonstrates how to use UberCloud to run COMSOL Multiphysics interactively in a compute cluster in the cloud. You will see how easy it is to have your own on-demand, high performance compute cluster environment in the cloud and to go from zero to being productive in COMSOL in a matter of minutes. The three videos are available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbKDOxVnxbE  and  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCSE0Lcj0wk  and  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFNM9dsCV44. 

8 Myths Debunked for Engineering Simulation in the Cloud

Wim SlagterIn his recent blog, Wim Slagter, Marketing Director for HPC & Cloud at ANSYS, debunks the leading misconceptions about cloud computing, and, in doing so, he will assist engineering and IT managers as they make decisions regarding computing resources, and help organizations steer around possible failures as they consider cloud computing. Wim discusses 8 misconceptions: 1 – On-the-Cloud Simulation is Less Secure Than On-Premise;  2 – Managing Simulation Jobs and Data in the Cloud is Difficult; 3 – The Cloud Should Be Used for Every Simulation Project; 4 – Public Cloud Cannot Meet My Enterprise Requirements; 5 – Cloud Computing Will Make Our IT Colleagues Redundant; 6 – If We Don’t Save Money, Cloud Computing Isn’t a Viable Option; 7 – ISV Licensing is Inappropriate for Cloud Computing; and 8 – Cloud Computing is One-Size-Fits-All. Read Wim’s post HERE.

Microsoft Azure customer story: CFD Support Ltd.

Radial FanIn 2009, two Ph.D. graduates in CFD studies — Jiří Šimonek and Luboš Pirkl — decided to form a company called CFD support, Ltd. based in Prague, Czech Republic, with a mission to “democratize” the technology, using open source CFD technologies as much as possible. “We want to help smaller companies and individual researchers gain access to the tools and HPC parallel-processing power they need to perform CFD analyses on their own,” says Pirkl. “We chose Microsoft Azure based on Intel Xeon processors because of its turnkey OpenFOAM software container and available parallel-processing architecture.” He notes that UberCloud’s software containers would help streamline users’ hardware and software setup, simplifying what would otherwise be a complex process and saving considerable time. Read the whole Azure customer story HERE.

Demystifying the Microsoft Azure cloud platform

Microsoft AzureThe Microsoft Azure platform is a cloud computing platform which provides a wide variety of services to build scalable applications. Over the years, the Azure platform has matured and is evolving at a rapid pace compared to any other cloud platform in the market. Numerous services and features are being added to the Azure platform on a constant basis. This also creates a challenge. How does one keep track of the capabilities that Azure services are offering? This excellent article from Kunal Chandratre is an attempt to provide some quick access information, important links and other necessary details about all the services that are offered today on Azure. And it compares these services with similar services from Amazon’s AWS.

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