Big Data Challenge: Landing in a Ship Airwake


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CREATE™–AV team and Intelligent Light tackle 45 seconds of flight time
with unique in situ XDB workflow

With a goal of improved pilot training for sea-based aircraft operations, the CREATE–AV team took on the task of coupling CREATE–AV Kestrel to the Navy flight simulator CASTLE.  This two-way coupling might lead to better simulation of a difficult landing environment.

The high temporal fidelity of 45 seconds at 60 files per second meant that an innovative approach would be needed to handle the data.  The CREATE–AV team reached out to Intelligent Light for help.   The unique workflow combined libsim and FieldView XDBs (extracts) to enable detailed animations that gave physical insight in hours rather than days.

You will learn: 

  • Benefits of in situ post-processing
  • Basics of implementing an in situ workflow
  • How to utilize XDB extracts that are 10 to 1,000X smaller than solution data


Speaker Biographies

Jim Forsythe is an Aerospace Engineer working for the Navy at Patuxent River NAS in the Aerodynamics and Store Separation branch.  He does development and quality assurance work for the DOD HPCMP Create-Air Vehicles program.  He received a B.S. and M.Eng. from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. from Wichita State University.  He flew KC-135s for the Air Force and taught at the Air Force Academy while on active duty.  He has also worked for Cobalt Solutions, taught at UNH and UMD as an Affiliate Professor, and served as a N.H. State Senator.

Brad Whitlock is a visualization and post-processing engineer in Intelligent Light’s Applied Research Group. He is also a founding developer of VisIt, a massively parallel visualization tool designed for high performance computing environments. Brad joined Intelligent Light in 2013 to develop a hardened version of VisIt that will serve as an enabling technology for Intelligent Light’s commercial data analysis and visualization products. Prior to joining Intelligent Light, Brad spent 15 years at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory developing visualization and analysis software for HPC environments.



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Jim Forsythe, Ph.D.
Software Quality Assurance, CREATE-AV

Brad Whitlock
Post-Processing & Visualization Engineer, Intelligent Light



Massive CFD Data Handled Quickly Without Compromise

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Dr. Earl P. N. Duque will present "Real World Example Cases: Analysis From Wind Energy and High Lift Drag Prediction Workshop Simulations."

You will learn about methods for:

  • 100X to 1000X Data Reduction
  • Effective use of remote HPC resources for both interactive and batch operations
  • Working with data from multiple solvers including OVERFLOW2, OpenFOAM

“Cray systems provide central computational resources at commercial, academic and government centers around the world; often serving distributed user communities.  Efficient tools to analyze CFD simulation results and enable the remote user community are essential.   Management, automation, and remote visualization capabilities in FieldView are a proven technology for post processing whether the data is across the room or across the country. Cray is pleased to work with Intelligent Light to ensure this is a robust and efficient solution.”

                                                 Per Nyberg, Director of Cray Business Development

This work was recently awarded the IDC HPC Innovation Excellence Award. “For the Outstanding Application of HPC for Business and Scientific Achievements."
Dr. Duque will be joined by Greg Clifford, Manufacturing Segment Manager at CRAY.  Cray is partnering with Intelligent Light to help meet the data management and remote visualization demands of their clients.  The material provided in this webinar is a great example of how simulation data management can be done effectively in a Cray environment.
A question and answer session will follow the webinar.


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Earl P. N. Duque, Ph. D., Manager of Applied Research, Intelligent Light

Greg Clifford, Manufacturing Market Segment Manager, Cray




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“We can put through a lot more crazy ideas at the CFD level at very low risk. The ability to understand and design for effects like side force and yaw torque before we prototype is a major advantage in both wheel performance and time to market. If we used to take 20 prototypes into the tunnel, we might find four worth pursuing. Now we take in 30, and find that 15 of them are worth pursuing."

Josh Poertner, Technical Director, Zipp Speed Weaponry


Interactive Exploration of High Fidelity ICE Simulations

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This webinar includes a live interactive sessions with complex data. However, the webinar format requires substantial degradation of graphics performance. To give you a realistic view of interactive performance we are providing a movie of a live screen capture of an interactive session. We are also providing two high quality versions of the movies that were show during the event.

See what the FieldView user's experience looks like by downloading and viewing the following videos:
  1. In-Cylinder Combustion 3-Views
  2. In-Cylinder Combustion 4-Views
  3. In-Cylinder Combustion interactive exploration of transient sequence

You will learn how to:

  • Create and analyze ICE simulations with hundreds of time steps using hundreds of thousands of simulated particles
  • Interactively explore this high fidelity data to improve understanding of your results
  • Exploit a data management strategy to make these large problems tractable

Learn how you can create and analyze ICE simulations with hundreds of time steps and hundreds of thousands of simulated particles. Interactively explore your high fidelity data to improve understanding of your results.

Attend this special webinar by Intelligent Light and Convergent Science to see how you can escape current limitations and achieve more from your CFD.

An innovative transient post-processing approach for ICE simulations

In the quest to improve simulation accuracy, and fueled by the rise of HPC, simulations are being performed on ever finer meshes and with larger number of particles. In the case of internal combustion engine CFD, which requires very long transient runs in order to reach convergence, this has become problematic due to the huge amount of data and the time it takes to review it.

This presentation will describe, through an ICE case study simulated with CONVERGE, an innovative post-processing approach that allows interactive analysis of several hundreds of time steps, containing hundreds of thousands of simulated particles.  Combined with more traditional methods (transient animations, time history plots...), this interactive investigation technique will provide unprecedented insight to complex transient flows.

A question and answer session will follow the webinar.



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Clayton Grow, PE,
Account Engineer, ConvergenScience, Inc.

Yves-Marie Lefebvre,
FieldView Product Chief, Intelligent Light



Speed to Success with FieldView Services

Different industries present different challenges, but engineering teams in every market share a common goal: delivering high-quality, innovative products that consistently meet or exceed market demands, and doing so swiftly, efficiently and cost-effectively.

FieldView gets you to that goal. To get there even faster, let Intelligent Light’s team of experts show you the way. Intelligent Light offers a broad, deep range of expert perspectives and technical know-how in areas including CFD, computer science, big data, visualization, and specialized domains like aerospace and wind energy. What’s more, we’re truly passionate about making you successful with CFD.

Whether your needs focus on FieldView, CFD, specialized domains, or HPC utilization, Intelligent Light offers customizable, flexible services that can help you achieve your goals faster and more productively than you ever thought possible.

How can we help?

Basic Workflow Development

  • Effectively deploy new FieldView features and technologies customized to your specific needs.
  • Visualize and understand design behavior – tap our expertise to get the answers you need
  • Manage large datasets
  • Develop high-impact simulation output for review and presentation.


  • Keep current with the latest FieldView features
  • Learn new ways to make the most of your FieldView investment
  • Tailored training sessions address your team’s specific needs and engineering environment

CFD Workflow Support

  • Automate repetitive tasks and develop robust, repeatable processes
  • Develop methods and tools to manage large, complex data efficiently
  • Maximize use of HPC resources to increase capacity and throughput
  • Develop customized, application-specific GUIs

How may we help you? We invite you to call +1 201-460-4700.

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“In a couple of hours, I've written scripts that generate in about 30 minutes max all the outputs that take 5 hours to create with their commercial solver's post-processor."

Yves-Marie Lefebvre, Sales and Support Engineer, Intelligent Light