CFD Data Management – Faster Results, Smaller Files, and Vastly Improved Productivity - Intelligent Light and FieldView

Tackle the 'big data monster' with a workflow designed around specialized CFD extract databases, or FieldView XDBs, that contain the essential data needed for post-processing, evaluation, and archiving at a fraction of the full volume data file size. XDBs make it easy to move your data where you need it, enabling CFD even in the cloud.

Far smaller and more agile than volume data, FieldView XDBs accelerate productivity at every step of the CFD workflow:

Speed & Flexibility: In the typical CFD workflow, whenever you need to work with a dataset, the entire dataset must be loaded in – every time. Using FieldView XDB, when a dataset is first read, you identify the post-processing objects you want included, such as cutting planes, surface geometries, or streamlines. FieldView saves this as an XDB file, allowing you to return to that file later without having to touch the full volume data again. Selections may be made in interactive mode using the FieldView GUI.

Reduced Storage: FieldView XDBs load and run extremely quickly and storage requirements are significantly reduced. Just like any other dataset, multiple XDBs can be appended and compared side by side or with raw CFD or existing FieldView datasets. For transient data, the benefits of XDBs are even greater.

Unlocks Computing Power: Running in batch mode, background, or overnight to create your user-defined XDB files frees you to perform other tasks in the meantime, while providing an instantly available starting point for subsequent analyses. Interactive quantitative and qualitative post-processing can be performed on one or more XDB files and the combined result saved as a new XDB file.

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“In FieldView 13 the handling of huge FLOW-3D result files typical of casting applications has been improved considerably. Using XDB-based data management and sweep caching, it is now possible to play a transient filling sequence and at the same time rotate, move and zoom in, providing insights you did not get before when looking at the animation from a single viewpoint. Working with XDBs typically reduces the file size by a factor of 50 and the option to run FieldView in batch on the same machine as FLOW-3D makes our work much easier."

Frieder Semler, CFD Consultants, GmbH