When software engineers look at a piece of code, the first question they ask themselves is “what is it doing?” The next question is “why is it doing it?” In fact, there is a deep connection between these two – why becomes what at the next level of abstraction. That is, what and why are mirrors of each other across an abstraction boundary. Understanding this can help engineers write more maintainable, readable software. Continue reading

This article was written by Alex Kudlick.

Rescale just added NVIDIA’s most advanced GPU yet, the Tesla P100, to the ScaleX big compute platform. Beginning today (September 13, 2017), all platform users are able to select the P100s as part of our standard batch workflow.

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Firebird

San Francisco, CA – Xplicit Computing, Inc. and Rescale, Inc. are excited to announce a partnership to offer X2 Firebird on Rescale’s ScaleX platform. X2 Firebird will be deployed as the first on-demand, cloud-only numerical simulation software for scientists and engineers on Rescale. X2 Firebird leverages the latest in systems programming and parallel computing, enabling real-time team collaboration on complex technical projects. This new heterogeneous computing platform delivers immense double-precision GPU speed-up, yielding significant value improvement over CPU-based solutions (starting with fluid dynamics and structural statics).

X2 Firebird will become available on October 15th on the ScaleX platform. X2 Firebird does not require users to buy or rent a perpetual license. Xplicit Computing will charge a flat per user hourly rate for software access. The first 1000 registered users will receive a 60-day free trial. Join the beta for early access.

X2 Firebird integrates systems, geometry, physics, and graphics into a modern platform to improve the engineering design and optimization process and user experience.

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The Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) released the latest version of sporting and technical regulations for 2017 Formula One Grand Prix on April 29, 2016.  This document is the rulebook that all Formula One racing teams must follow in the 2017 season.  All of the restrictions of CFD simulations are clearly defined in Appendix 8 (Aerodynamic Testing Restrictions) – section 2 of the sporting regulations.

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), a widely accepted methodology in automobile aerodynamics R&D, has been proven to speed up the turnaround time effectively. The biggest upside is that it doesn’t involve any part manufacturing and all proof of concepts (POC) can be done on computers.  In the high-end auto industry, such as sports and racing vehicle makers, CFD has been used even more intensively. In this blog post, I’ll illustrate why Formula One racing teams should leverage the cloud to advance their CFD designs and why FIA, as the governing body of the sport, would also benefit from pushing it forward.

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This article was written by Irwen Song.