Guest post by Kierste Miller, Data Scientist at Metabiota


At Metabiota, we are fascinated by infectious diseases and the way they spread. Epidemics pose an immense risk to the entire globe; however they are notoriously challenging to forecast and monitor. Our team produces epidemic risk models for the insurance, commercial and government sectors to help address the challenge of quantifying this seemingly unquantifiable risk. Our end users are interested in knowing the probability of experiencing a certain level of human or financial loss due to infectious disease epidemics.

To assess the likelihood of loss, we produce in silico (i.e., performed via computer simulation) models that project plausible disease transmission events across the entire globe. For example, our simulators depict the potential spread of pandemic flu, as well as outbreaks akin to the 2003 SARS and 2014 West Africa Ebola events. We probabilistically model where disease emerges, how quickly it spreads, how many people it infects, and the resulting rates of healthcare utilization and mortality. Our clients are often interested in the costs associated with these events, so we couple disease spread models with financial models that quantify the economic impact and insurance claims related to outbreaks. Altogether, we create an extremely large set of simulated events that allows for the estimation of potential financial and human losses caused by disease epidemics.

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Guest post by Paul Hulsman, Team Manager, Eco-Runner Team Delft at TU Delft


Ecorunner VII hydrogen-powered race vehicle

Eco-Runner Team Delft is a student engineering team at the TU Delft. Since 2005 our mission has been to design and build the most efficient hydrogen-powered vehicle possible. Every year, we compete in the Shell Eco-marathon competition, which pits student-designed hydrogen-powered vehicles against each other to complete a 16-kilometer course using the least amount of fuel. There are two vehicle assemblies that are critical to winning: a fuel-efficient propulsion system and a body with minimal vehicle resistance or weight. The weight of the vehicle is crucial to fuel efficiency because the 2017 Eco-marathon course featured a hill. Thus, our design efforts this year focused on making every component of the car as light as possible to reduce the energy requirement to climb the hill. We used Rescale’s ScaleX platform to explore and simulate many weight-saving design options while maintaining structural integrity. Rescale’s cloud-enabled simulation allowed us to quickly design a lightweight, but strong vehicle on a constrained project schedule and a student budget.

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Optisys is a small, radiofrequency (RF) antenna design company based in Utah. Using revolutionary 3D metal printing technology and 50+ years of experience in RF engineering, Optisys specializes in 3D printing custom RF antenna solutions for military and commercial applications. The company’s focused, highly-qualified team competes with established incumbent RF suppliers. Keep reading our interview with Optisys cofounder and CTO Mike Hollenbeck to hear how Optisys uses Rescale’s cloud platform to find strength in its size—by strategically using the cloud to tap into the world’s largest HPC infrastructure network while preserving the agility to move quickly and keep costs low.

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Rescale: What should we know about Optisys?  Describe your company and your technology.

Mike Hollenbeck: We design, print, and test metal 3D-printed antennas and RF components. RF antenna design is a very unique field in that we only care about what’s on the inside of the object. To design a quality product in this industry, we have to be involved in the full cycle—from the RF design, to the mechanical design, to the design for additive manufacturing. Optisys fills a void in the 3D printing industry. Unlike a lot of contract manufacturers that primarily focus on printing parts with specific external features, we’re designing RF components with high-quality internal features using this brand new fabrication process that allows us to generate designs and geometries that you couldn’t even dream of five years ago.

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This article was written by Mika Pegors.

Kasper Steen Andersen, a CAE manager for Danish exhaust and emissions system manufacturer Dinex, talks with us about how his group uses Rescale’s ScaleX big compute platform for CFD and FEA. Keep reading to hear how ScaleX has accelerated their design process, shifted their staffing needs, and improved their competitiveness.


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This article was written by Mika Pegors.