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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.


Newsletter: SC13, VisIt Breaktrhough, New Whitepaper

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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

Intelligent Light VisIt Presentations at SC13 - Booth #4216

The Department of Energy's open-source VisIt software is the most advanced engine for ultra-scale visualization.  Working with the VisIt community, we are advancing, developing, and demonstrating the ability to use VisIt in a production engineering environment for the most complex of CFD problems, often using in-situ post-processing to achieve high performance with very large data.  As we bring together the strengths of Intelligent Light, FieldView, and VisIt to offer commercially robust and fully supported releases of VisIt, we are honored to welcome a series of presentations in our Intelligent Light booth at SC13.

Download the presentation schedule   or   Request a Meeting at SC13

Full List of Speakers:

Speakers from the VisIT community  (Speakers from Intelligent Light)

  • Title: VisIt our Fluid Dynamics Projects at CSCS

    • Speaker:Jean Favre, Swiss National Supercomputing Center (CSCS)

    • Abstract: VisIt is the leading Visualization application at our Center to support our Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) projects. We will illustrate its use with 4 different examples; the ability to script the application, to run in parallel on a supercomputer or on a visualization cluster, its CFD-specific operators and the possibility to customize the tool. All contribute to its wide acceptance.
  • A Framework for Particle Advection For Very Large Data

    • Speaker: Hank Childs, University of Oregon, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

    • Abstract: Particle advection -- displacing massless particles in accordance to a vector field -- serves as the foundation for many flow visualization techniques.  It is one of the most challenging algorithms in parallel visualization, since it is difficult to load balance and often computationally intense.  In this talk, I will describe the design of the "PICS" system (parallel integral curve system) in VisIt.  The PICS system provides VisIt with a flexible infrastructure for many particle advection use cases, as well as excellent parallelization capabilities.

  • Dynamic Derived Field Generation on Many-Core Architectures using OpenCL and Python

    • Speaker: Cyrus Harrison, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

    • Abstract: Derived field generation is a critical aspect of many visualization and analysis systems. This capability is frequently implemented by providing users with a language to create new fields and then translating their “programs” into a pipeline of filters that are combined in sequential fashion. Although this design is highly extensible and practical for development, the runtime characteristics of the typical implementation are poor since it iterates over large arrays many times. As we reconsider visualization and analysis systems for many-core architectures, we must re-think the best way to implement derived fields while being cognizant of data movement. In this paper we describe a flexible Python-based framework that realizes efficient derived field generation on many-core architectures using OpenCL. Our framework supports the development of different execution strategies for composing operations using a common library of building blocks. We present an evaluation of our framework by testing three execution strategies to explore tradeoffs between runtime performance and memory constraints. We successfully demonstrate our framework in an HPC environment using the vortex detection application on a large-scale simulation.

  • Visualizing Simulated Volcanic Eruptions

    • Speaker: Amit Chourasia, San Diego Supercomputing Center / UC San Diego

    • Abstract: Eruptive conduits feeding volcanic jets and plumes are connected to the atmosphere through volcanic vents that, depending on their size and 3D shape, can alter the dynamics and structure of these eruptions. The host rock comprising the vent, in turn, can collapse, fracture, and erode in response to the eruptive flow field. This project uses cutting edge visualization to illustrate and analyze results from fully coupled numerical simulations of high speed, multiphase volcanic mixtures erupting through erodible, visco-plastic host rocks.

  • The Tale of VisIt and Two Skinny Guys

    • Speaker: Robert Sisneros, National Center for Supercomputing Applications

    • Abstract: A description of the Blue Waters Project, its analysis and visualization team, and their use of VisIt to support large-scale science.

  • The SLIVR Volume Renderer in VisIt

    • Speaker: Cameron Christensen, SCI, University of Utah

    • Abstract: The SLIVR volume renderer, integrated with VisIt, enables real-time, slice-based volume rendering, using client-side GPU hardware even for remote datasets. With SLIVR it is now possible to control material properties, render volumes at their native resolution, and utilize 2D gradient-based transfer functions. This talk will introduce SLIVR and explain how to use it for high quality, interactive exploration of 3D volume data.

  • Streaming Data in VisIt using ViSUS IDX

    • Speaker: Cameron Christensen, SCI, University of Utah

    • Abstract: Visualization Streams for Ultimate Scalability, aka ViSUS, is a streaming infrastructure designed for the visualization and analysis of massive datasets. Though the client software is lightweight and works on many platforms including iOS, its feature set is quite limited. Therefore, the ability to read the ViSUS IDX streaming multi-resolution format has been integrated with VisIt. This talk will discuss the process of integrating a streaming multi-resolution file format with VisIt and demonstrate by rendering multiple terabyte remote volumes.

  • Exploration of coherent features in flow fields using Lyapunov and resonant analysis with application to oceanography and magnetic confinement fusion

    • Speaker: Allen Sanderson, University of Utah

    • Abstract: Allen Sanderson, Ph.D., is a Research Scientist at the Scientific Computing and Imagining Institute at the University of Utah who does research in large data analysis and visualization.
    Allinea DDT and VisIt: debugging HPC applications using a visualization tool
    • Speaker: Patrick Wohlschlegel, Allinea Software
    • Abstract: Writing parallel code is a challenge for developers. The increasing number of cores, new architectures, and the diversity of environments are all contributing factors that can make development difficult. Several tools, such as Allinea DDT and Allinea MAP, exist to solve those issues and make the life of scientists and computer engineers much easier. At Allinea we have realized that visualization tools (like VisIt) can very intuitively highlight calculation errors during an application’s execution. We wondered how we could use this type of information within our parallel debugger, Allinea DDT, and we found some answers. During this presentation we will see how to link a simple picture to a real bug, and more importantly, how to identify where this bug comes from and how to solve it easily within a few seconds and without effort.

Intelligent Light Speakers:        Download the presentation schedule

  • Post-Processing Large Scale CFD Simulations

    • Speaker: Earl P. N. Duque, Intelligent Light

    • Abstract: Techniques for managing extremely large CFD simulations using FieldView’s parallel and batch processing capabilities will be presented. Examples include a high lift transport aircraft that was processed on a Cray XE6 and a wind farm simulated on 10s of billions of grid points.

  • Bringing VisIt into the Design and Manufacturing Space

    • Speaker: Steve M. Legensky, Intelligent Light

    • Abstract: VisIt is a feature-rich, scientific visualization tool which has been made available as an open-source tool with an active development community both inside and outside of the US Dept. of Energy.  The code has been shown to be scalable to hundreds of thousands of cores and it interfaces to many highly scalable modeling and simulation codes.  Furthermore, VisIt provides an In situ capability that is known for its memory efficiency as well as ease of integration into simulation codes.  Intelligent Light, through its market-leading FieldView software, has gained significant experience in creating user interfaces that designers and engineers find comfortable and easy-to-use.  In addition, FieldView desktop graphics performance is second to none in the CAE space.  This talk will reveal IL’s progress with a two year DOE (OASCR) SBIR grant, our plans to provide commercial support and consulting services for VisIt, and explain the roadmap for FieldView-VisIt integration.

  • In situ visualization using VisIt

    • Speaker: Brad Whitlock, Intelligent Light

    • Abstract: There is a widening gap between compute performance and the ability to store computation results. Time and storage costs dictate that data analysis and visualization be combined in situ with simulations so data are transformed to a manageable size before being stored.  VisIt’s libsim library allows VisIt to request data as needed from the simulation and apply visualization algorithms in situ with minimal modification to the application code.

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