Intelligent Light and FieldView

Formula 1 & FieldView – Winning CFD Workflows

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Torbjörn Larsson, Creo Dynamics AB, has an impressive background in aerodynamics and CFD methodology. His track record in Formula 1, most recently at Ferrari, establishes him as a preeminent CFD workflow engineer. He has been instrumental in building up the CFD department for the Sauber F1 team and has since led the CFD teams at Sauber, BMW and Ferrari to much success in Formula 1.


Mr.Larsson presented Formula 1 workflows designed with FieldView to a group of over 100 CFD engineers at the 2015 VINAS User's Group Meeting in Shinegawa, Japan. This international audience included CFD engineers from Motorsport, Automotive Manufacturing, Heavy Industry, Government Research Agencies and Academia.

"Presenting at the VINAS UGM in Japan was an amazing experience. Japan is synonymous with both excellence in engineering and a passion for motorsports. More knowledgeable listeners are hard to find," said Mr. Larsson. "Being able to showcase to this audience how the ultra-fast CFD workflow seen in Formula One has gained further efficiency from the integration of recent FieldView XDB technology was truly inspiring and rewarding."

F1 teams are among our most demanding customers due to the need to simultaneously achieve breakthrough results in a very short time while building a robust, reliable production workflow.

Formula 1 teams demand:

  • The ability to manage huge volumes of results data in very short timeframes
  • Ongoing acceleration of their entire CFD workflow
  • Delivery of vital engineering information to the right people in the team, on time, every day.

Mr. Larsson's presentation focused on designing workflows to meet the demands of Formula 1 CFD teams where huge volumes of data and very short timeframes require innovative and robust automation. His solution includes the use FieldView XDB extracts as a way to reduce data size and achieve required throughput.​

Mr. Larsson is a fluid dynamics and CFD methodology engineering consultant at Creo Dynamics AB, helping organizations improve the efficiency of their CFD operations.


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FieldView 16 and XDBview 2 Now Available

3D PDF export generated in FieldView and seen in Adobe Acrobat Reader® (left) and on a tablet (right). (DrivAer geometry courtesy of TU München, Mesh and simulation by VINAS with Pointwise and Helyx).

3D PDF export, faster data read, reduced memory usage and many more improvements

Just a little less than a year has passed by since our release of FieldView 15 and I am happy to announce that our new version, FieldView 16, is ready for download. While software users sometimes feel like installing a new version is not going to impact them much, I am confident that every single FieldView user will benefit from this release.

You will find that FieldView 16 is faster to read your data than previous versions and will also use less memory. Data read can easily be made even faster and more memory efficient by selecting the right Data Input option. When you don't need to perform Dataset Sampling or to compute a lot of streamlines, select "Less" Grid Processing for faster data input. In cases when you do need that kind of performance, select "More" right from the Data Input panel and you will use more memory to get better performance during you session.

FieldView 16 is the first CFD post-processor to introduce a built-in 3D PDF export. This standard format is a great way to present and share your results, allowing interactive exploration via rotation, zooming, panning and commenting in Adobe Acrobat Reader and in 3D PDF viewer apps.

Other highlights of this release include:

  • New Vertices and Shaded Vertices display types for better insight and fast performance
  • The ability to sweep surfaces coming from an XDB extract and to synchronize this operation between multiple datasets for easy animations and side-by-side comparison
  • More control over the location of Surface Flows
  • A new Growing display type for pathlines animation
  • 10x faster read times for AcuSolve users, compared to FieldView 15
  • The ability to read single-file transient data as steady-state
  • Support for results from FLOW-3D v11

We're also introducing the second version of XDBview. Our free, sharable viewer for XDB extracts, now includes the same sweep capability as FieldView 16 and can now read your CAD geometries in STL format.

To learn more about these new versions, I encourage you to read our What's New in FieldView 16 document (Japanese version).

FieldView 16 is a major release. You will need to request new passwords from Intelligent Light. FieldView 16 passwords will work for both version 15 and 16, but as of this release FieldView version 14 and earlier are no longer supported. If you need to test FieldView 16 with your data or workflows before upgrading, feel free to request additional temporary passwords and we'll be happy to provide them free of charge.

Please contact our FieldView Support Team  or your account manager for more information.


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SC15: Birds of a Feather – Scalable In Situ Data Analysis and Visualization Using VisIt/Libsim

As ultrascale simulation is developing, so is the need to interpret the data without slowing down workflows. This session, proposed by Intelligent Light and approved by the committee, will present successful uses of Libsim and build a community to share in situ experiences and lessons learned. Libsim is a popular in situ infrastructure that enables tight-coupling of simulations with VisIt, the highly scalable visualization engine created by the US Department of Energy.


Session Leaders:

  • Brad Whitlock (Primary Session Leader) – Intelligent Light
  • Cyrus Harrison (Secondary Session Leader) – Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory 

Thursday, November 19, 1:30PM – 3:00PM ROOM:13A

Full details at SC15 site

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ISAV2015: First Workshop on In Situ Infrastructures for Enabling Extreme-Scale Analysis and Visualization

The considerable interest in the HPC community regarding in situ analysis and visualization is driven by the desire to save I/O costs and time, increase accuracy with transient analysis and full utilization of HPC resources. Intelligent Light is a member of the ISAV Program Committee and will participate in this workshop bringing experience from real world work on ultra scale simulation.

Chair/Organizer Details:

  • E. Wes Bethel – Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Venkatram Vishwanath – Argonne National Laboratory
  • Gunther H. Weber – Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Matthew Wolf – Georgia Institute of Technology


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Come see us at SC15

Intelligent Light will be in booth #2019 at SC15. This event is the focal point for our HPC efforts and we will be presenting the latest information about high performance workflows to support advanced CFD. 

Birds of a Feather – Scalable In Situ Data Analysis and Visualization Using VisIt/Libsim


As ultrascale simulation is developing, so is the need to interpret the data without slowing down workflows. This session, proposed by Intelligent Light and approved by the committee, will present successful uses of Libsim and build a community to share in situ experiences and lessons learned. Libsim is a popular in situ infrastructure that enables tight-coupling of simulations with VisIt, the highly scalable visualization engine created by the US Department of Energy. Intelligent Light's own Brad Whitlock, a lead developer of VisIt and Cyrus Harrison from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will join researchers and engineers using in situ approaches today to tackle complex simulations. 

Workshop: ISAV2015: First Workshop on In Situ Infrastructures for Enabling Extreme-Scale Analysis and Visualization


The considerable interest in the HPC community regarding in situ analysis and visualization is driven by the desire to save I/O costs and time, increase accuracy with transient analysis and full utilization of HPC resources. Intelligent Light is a member of the ISAV Program Committee and will participate in this workshop bringing experience from real world work on ultra scale simulation.

We will have many activities in our booth, #2019, with demonstrations of developing technologies, new products, presentations and open discussions.

Topics will include:

  • In situ post processing
  • Data management and XDB
  • Utilization of remote HPC for CFD – CFD in the Cloud
  • Ultrascale CFD – 64k cores and beyond using Edison and Corey
  • Uncertainty quantification and error estimation Request a meeting with our team
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