Intelligent Light and FieldView

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Intelligent Light Spins Off FieldView to Vela Software

Rutherford, NJ (November 8, 2019) - For more than twenty-five years, Intelligent Light has advanced the world of CFD post-processing through its FieldView software. In October 2019, Intelligent Light sold the right to develop, sell and support FieldView to Vela Software International. Vela is the same company that purchased Tecplot four years ago and has helped the Tecplot business thrive to the benefit of Tecplot users worldwide.

"When I decided to spin out the FieldView product, I was looking for a home for the FieldView team that would ensure that FieldView had a bright future and would continue to provide the same level of excellence in CFD post-processing to our customers," said Steve M. Legensky, Founder and President of Intelligent Light. "Seeing how Vela helped Tecplot grow, I felt good about trusting them with FieldView. Spinning out FieldView enables Intelligent Light to focus on serving the CFD community with tools for data management, in situ and extract workflows, data analytics, engineering risk reduction and workflow optimization."

The new company, FieldView CFD, Inc., will join a family with Tecplot and Tecplot Europe (formerly Genias Graphics GmbH). FieldView CFD, Inc. will be a separate group dedicated to delivering for the FieldView user while being able to take advantage of the synergies of scale that joining a large group like Vela provides.

Yves-Marie Lefebvre, who has been the FieldView Product Chief for the past five years, will head up the new company as the FieldView Business Director.

"While there is no plan to merge Tecplot and FieldView, we will be looking for opportunities to improve interoperability," said Yves-Marie Lefebvre, FieldView Business Director. "In addition, we will continue to draw on the research team at Intelligent Light for cutting edge technologies in the areas of large data handling and data analytics. Best of all, Tecplot and FieldView users won't have to choose one or the other tool but can continue to rely on both tools for their individual strengths."

"Vela is known for buying and holding, dedicated to the long-term success of the business they invest in," said Steve Legensky. "They have contracted me to act as a technology consultant for both FieldView CFD and Tecplot. I am excited by the opportunity to help customers through FieldView, Tecplot and Intelligent Light synergies."

"Vela is pleased to acquire the FieldView product which is crucial to many CFD engineers' work," said John Billowits, Vela Software CEO. "We look forward to maintaining and improving FieldView over the years to come while continuing to provide the world-class support that users expect."

For more information about FieldView sales and support, please contact info@fieldviewcfd.com.

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Data Analytics for Engineering: THE Topic for the 21st Century

Last June I was asked by Cambridge University Press to review a manuscript for a new book on data-driven engineering by Steve Brunton and Nathan Kutz, two leaders in this field. I have been studying this topic and participating in various research and workshop activities on modal and state-space analysis techniques. I was both flattered and energized by this project. The book has just been published and is going to be a wonderful reference and teaching tool for many years to come. I encourage anyone interested in engineering applications of machine learning, dynamical systems and control to check it out at Cambridge University Press.
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In Situ Data Management at DOE Workshop and SIAM CSE

​As CFD datasets get larger and unsteady computation becomes more common, file I/O is an increasing bottleneck. Methods that write post-processing extracts directly from solvers as they are running have proven to be a solution to this problem. Intelligent Light has long advocated for this approach and recently we were asked to participate in activities to advance the state of the art in this area.

In January, I participated in the DOE's "In Situ Data Management (ISDM)" workshop which focused on defining areas for research intended to ease the analysis and understanding of massive simulations enabled by exa-scale computing. A workshop report is forthcoming.

In February, I was invited to present at a mini-symposium at the SIAM CSE 2019 meeting aimed at avoiding the big data problem through in situ techniques.

If you would like to know more about In Situ Data Management and CFD Data Analytics or to schedule a meeting with Steve Legensky, send email to datascience@ilight.com.

Data from Juan D. Colmenares, Svetlana Poroseva, Yulia T. Peet, and Scott M. Murman. "Analysis of uncertainty sources in DNS of a turbulent mixing layer using Nek5000", 2018 Fluid Dynamics Conference, AIAA AVIATION Forum, (AIAA 2018-3226). Simulations were performed on the Pleiades Computer system at NASA Ames Research Center. Images created by Intelligent Light.


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Steve Legensky at 70th HPC User Forum

​On Thursday, September 6, I will present "Data Science meets CFD:  FieldView Analytics in Engineering" at the 70th HPC User Forum in Detroit, MI.

I am pleased to have been asked to update the HPC community on our vision for using data science to complement and enhance CFD in science and engineering. This is a very active area of research today. In March Intelligent Light was honored to participate in the "US-Japan Workshop on Bridging Fluid Mechanics and Data Science" in Tokyo, the first such event in history. We have been meeting with our FieldView customers throughout the world to understand their needs and to see how we can help them solve problems through FieldView Analytics. Data science can help us to better understand the dynamical systems represented by CFD simulations and revealed by experiments, with the goal of getting better designs sooner with less computation.

For more info on the 70th HPC User Forum: www.hpcuserforum.com

The Agenda can be seen here: https://www.hpcuserforum.com/downloads/agenda.pdf

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