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Democratizing thermal modeling with a cloud-based simulation app

This test project for high-performance computing (HPC) in the cloud was designed to explore how cloud HPC resources can help to speed up and enable high-performance finite element simulations carried out with COMSOL Multiphysics and COMSOL Server. The objective was to find out how HPC cloud providers can augment engineering organizations’ on-premise hardware to allow for more detailed and faster simulations. Continue reading

The heating/cooling sleeve around the reactor is thin. The image shows surface temperature of the fluid at the end of the heating phase of the thermal cycle (scale colormap). The swirling flow from the bottom right inlet to the upper left outlet is clearly visible. Source: ForCES and UberCloud

Design exploration vs. design optimization

Automating the search for solutions to engineering problems can take either of two broad approaches: design exploration or design optimization. Practitioners making technology choices need to understand which tools do one, which do the other, and which approach best fits their needs. A global roster of commercially available design exploration and optimization software appears at the end of this post. Continue reading