Intelligent Light and FieldView

Impact - IDC awards IL 2nd HPC Innovation Excellence Award

IDC recognized Intelligent Light during SC13 in Denver, CO for the use of HPC to generate and analyze vast amounts of CFD without workflow limitations using readily available, standard software and hardware.

The approach allowed hundreds of cases and terabytes of data to be evaluated and utilized under a restrictive schedule using:

  • CFD Data Management using tools in FieldView

  • Engineered CFD workflows by Intelligent Light

  • HPC on remote Cray XE6

Intelligent Light addressed the challenge of high volumes of CFD data using FieldView 14 data management and process automation tools. Intelligent Light contributed results from approximately 100 cases with more than 10,000 time steps each to deliver a complete response to the workshop objectives. A Cray XE6 was used to generate the CFD solutions and perform much of the post-processing. Terabytes of data were created, evaluated, and compared to experimental data by a single researcher working part-time. This project successfully demonstrated the value and practicality of using innovative workflow engineering with automation and data management for complex CFD studies.

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IDC describes the award:

"IDC research has shown that HPC can impact innovation cycles greatly and can potentially generate ROI. The award program aims to collect a large set of success stories across many research disciplines, industries, and application areas," said Chirag Dekate, Research Manager, High-Performance Systems at IDC. "The winners achieved clear success in applying HPC to greatly improve business ROI, scientific advancement, and/or engineering successes. Many of the achievements also directly benefit society."
The HPC Innovation Excellence Award recognizes noteworthy achievements by users of high performance computing (HPC) technologies. The program's main goals are: to showcase return on investment (ROI) and scientific innovation success stories involving HPC; to help other users better understand the benefits of adopting HPC and justify HPC investments, especially for small and medium-size businesses (SMBs); to demonstrate the value of HPC to funding bodies and politicians; and to expand public support for increased HPC investments.

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New FieldView 14 Eliminates Per-Processor Software License Fees for HPC-enabled CFD

Early Adopters are Reporting Sustainable Competitive Advantages

FieldView is designed for scalability. Every FieldView 14 license will run on 8 CPU cores per dataset  and  high performance computing (HPC) users can run 64 or unlimited cores at moderate additional cost, eliminating often prohibitive per-processor licensing fees.  Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) data management with FieldView 14 makes it easy to work with large amounts of data that reside anywhere: on a local workstation, on-site, remote or cloud-based server without sacrificing performance.  Whether your data is measured in megabytes, gigabytes or terabytes, if you are waiting for data to copy or load, you will benefit from the speed and power of FieldView.


[caption id="attachment_1058" align="alignright" width="250"]FV14 Multi-Windows and Parallel Sixteen different variations of alpha and Reynolds number are post-processed simultaneously on screen for the AIAA High Lift Prediction Workshop. FV14 permits 8 cores to be used in parallel for each dataset (a total of 128 cores in this example) with no additional license fees. FieldView image produced for AIAA High Lift Prediction Workshop by Intelligent Light.

Where innovation is the lifeblood of the business, FieldView and HPC are allowing winning organizations to outpace competitors and thrive through rapid, knowledge based product development.  Three of the top four Formula 1 racing teams are using FieldView and exploiting HPC for their aerodynamics engineering with dramatically improved results.  Small- and medium-sized manufacturers and consultancies (SMBs) are managing design risk and accelerating their pace of development with HPC and FieldView.  With FieldView 14, some key operations are 100s of times faster than in previous releases.


Steve Legensky, General Manager at Intelligent Light said, “For many it is fast becoming a game of survival to expand their knowledge base and to make better design decisions many times faster than ever before.  They utilize simulation and expertise to extend and sustain competitive advantage, or risk sacrificing their ability to compete at the profitable leadership position in product development.  FieldView has evolved over many years to allow users to meet this challenge and users are leaving many of their traditional, large data limitations behind.  Our services team is designing and delivering highly productive engineered workflows that capture organizational expertise, automating existing processes and tools.”


Engineering-driven organizations excel when many ideas are created and explored, design-risk is managed, and design cycles are short.  HPC is facilitating the rapid generation of large volumes of CFD results data.  For many, this has led to post-processing becoming a critical workflow bottleneck that prevents all these results from being evaluated.  FieldView 14 removes the post-processing bottleneck from high-performance CFD workflows.  Engineering leaders are using CFD simulation supported by HPC and engineered FieldView workflows that deliver actionable information sooner and free of expensive software cost penalties when using scalable computing.


Engineers Should Develop Designs and Processes, Not Limit Scope of Exploration

Leaders are quickly moving beyond traditional CFD and are utilizing FieldView in workflows that continually test many ideas through high-fidelity, time dependent simulations.  The resulting data is rapidly processed at the source, relevant attributes isolated, and information needed to turn data into knowledge is delivered to engineers.  HPC capacity is leveraged to explore vastly broadened design spaces.


FieldView 14 allows engineers to spend their time on the most important work exploiting trusted data to make informed engineering decisions. Intelligent Light is helping transform enterprises from those that are CFD knowledge rich to small engineering firms exploiting HPC enabled CFD.


“The parallel processing and data extract capabilities in FieldView 14 allowed me to run all the required and optional cases for the 2nd AIAA high Lift Prediction Workshop and deliver the required two-dimensional plotting data like force moments, velocity provides and surface pressures,” said Earl P. N. Duque, Ph. D., Manager of Applied Research at Intelligent Light.  “Early on I realized that I didn’t have to limit the number of cases I ran.  I had enough computer time to create the solutions if I could avoid a bottleneck sifting through the large data files.  FieldView automation and data management allowed me to use the HPC resources to not only run the simulations but also extract out the plot information for all the cases.”


Intelligent Light has received a nomination for an IDC HPC Innovation Excellence Award for work with large data management and received three nominations for HPCwire Readers’ Choice Awards for contributions to the effective and affordable use of HPC for CFD, including FieldView 14.


“CFD data management and effective engineered workflows are making it possible for organizations large and small to use HPC capability to run detailed and thorough design studies to reduce uncertainty and risk to meet the criteria accepted for physical testing, ” commented Legensky.  “The speed and productivity of HPC enabled CFD are providing leading organizations with a tremendous acceleration in their design cycle and ability to explore design alternatives.”


About Intelligent Light

Winner of the HPC Innovation Excellence Award, Intelligent Light provides industry-leading software and services that unlock the power and value of a highly productive CFD workflow for engineering and research organizations in a variety of industries around the world. The company’s flagship FieldView™ product line is the most widely used CFD post-processing software for engineering and research, encompassing data management, workflow automation, visualization, and more. Intelligent Light’s expert staff provides production-related engineering services, while its Applied Research Group conducts pure research on the cutting edge of CFD science.  With customer success its paramount goal, Intelligent Light is driving real-world solutions to the toughest challenges in CFD today.


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SC13 - Intelligent Light's Role in HPC for CFD Recognized

sc13Intelligent Light has been selected to participate in the new HPC Impact Showcase at SC13.  The HPC Impact Showcase brings real world applications of HPC that make a difference in shaping our world.  The showcase presentations take place on the exhibit floor.

Presentations include:

  • Accelerating Innovation While Reducing Risk – High Impact HPC at a Formula One Team and a Racing Bike Wheels Manufacturer.
    Steve M. Legensky (Intelligent Light)
    Tuesday, Nov. 19, 1:00-1:40.

  • The HPC Initiative at the Council on Competitiveness
    Dr. Cynthia R. McIntyre, Dr. Walter L. Kirchner (The Council on Competitiveness)
    Monday, Nov. 18, 7:30-8:00.

  • HPC, A Journey You Must Take
    Dr. Mohamad S. El-Zein (Deere & Company)
    Tuesday, Nov. 19th, 12:20-1:00.

  • HPC: Where the Rubber Meets the 'Simulated' Road
    Chris Baker, Goodyear
    Wednesday, Nov. 20th, 11:40-12:20.

  • When “Big Iron” Isn’t Big Enough
    Matthew H. Evans, Ph.D., Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Thursday, Nov. 21st, 10:20-11:00.

Intelligent Light has been nominated for an IDC HPC Innovation Excellence Award for our work with high volumes of data in a production environment.  A new whitepaper details the way FieldView data management is being used to develop high-throughput workflows that increase capacity and decrease uncertainty in CFD.

We've received three nominations for HPCwire Readers' Choice Awards to be announced at SC13.

  • Best HPC visualization product or technology (FieldView)

  • Best use of HPC application in manufacturing

  • Best use of HPC in the cloud