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Altair Engineering has released CFDCalc, an on-demand computational fluid dynamics (CFD) application built on top of the company’s Acusolve CFD solver. Leveraging the reliability, efficiency and near-instant availability of Amazon Web Services (AWS), this cloud application serves as both a software-as-a-service (SaaS) application and as a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) application.

With this, users can access high-end CFD technology as an online, cloud-based service and industry specialists can take advantage of the vertical framework and develop their own vertical CFD applications.

CFDCalc comes with two pre-packaged, special-purpose vertical applications developed to solve two common yet challenging CFD problems: fluid mixing in the industrial and consumer mixing industry and thermal cooling in the electronics industry.

Key benefits

  • According to Terry Wise of AWS, running complex CFDCalc solutions on AWS enables users to have virtually unlimited on-demand compute resources and allows the CFDCalc services to scale up or down as needed.
  • Dr Farzin Shakib, vice-president of CFD technology at Altair, said that CFDCalc brings high-end CFD technology to the general engineering community, allowing all levels of users — from casual designers and analysts to expert developers — to take advantage of the same technology used by Fortune 500 companies as an online CFD simulation tool or platform for application development.
  • The cloud application, with its intelligent web interface, requires no CFD expertise for use, eliminating the upfront cost of purchasing hardware and software.
  • The application provides the means for CFD experts to design, develop and deploy calculators on CFDCalc and to market them globally.

Altair Engineering

Altair Engineering is a leading global product design, consulting and commercial software Company that allows businesses to synthesize and optimize designs processes and decisions for improved business performance. Altair provide services such as product engineering, industrial design, technical staffing, Hyper Works solutions, and analytics solutions by consistently delivering a competitive advantage to its clients across industry.

Altair is focused on the development and broad application of simulation technology to synthesize and optimize designs, processes and decisions for improved business performance. Privately held with more than 2,000 employees, Altair has more than 45 offices in 24 countries throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia/Pacific.

With a 30-year track record for product design, advanced engineering software, on-demand computing technologies and enterprise analytics solutions, Altair consistently delivers a competitive advantage to more than 5,000 corporate clients representing the automotive, aerospace, government and defence, and consumer products verticals. Altair also has a growing client presence in the life sciences, financial services and energy markets.

Altair’s design suites impact product design from the earliest conceptual design stages through product performance optimization. It has resulted in products that exhibit minimum weight and outstanding performance in industry leading timescales. Altair has pioneered simulation-driven technologies to generate innovative design solutions for our clients:

HyperWorks is a simulation platform for rapid design exploration and decision-making. As the most comprehensive, open-architecture computer-aided engineering solutions in the industry, HyperWorks allow businesses to create superior, market-leading products efficiently and cost effectively.

solidThinking is an Altair wholly owned subsidiary that creates, develops and markets technology that helps the design community bring the most desirable products to market faster. Products include Inspire, to explore structurally efficient concepts, and Evolve for modeling and rendering.

PBS Works is a suite of on-demand, cloud computing technologies that allows enterprise clients to maximize their ROI on computing infrastructure assets. PBS Works is the most widely implemented workload management environment for grid-, cluster- and on-demand computing worldwide.

Altair ProductDesign is a global product development consultancy of more than 700 designers, engineers, scientists, and creative thinkers. This organization is best known for its leadership in simulation-driven design to help clients bring innovative, profitable products to market faster.

Altair’s patented on-demand software licensing system leads all software business models in providing both value and flexibility. Our centralized unit-based licensing model means multiple users can access our software anytime from anywhere. Software customers can run multiple applications across all of our technology suites simultaneously for a flat rate, rather than paying for each license in use.

Altair employees worldwide share a tremendous pride in the entrepreneurial spirit and corporate culture based on transparency, honesty, innovation, and integrity. This brings high value solutions for clients which integrate hardware, software, user experience and services.

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