Simulation and Analysis

Jury Rules Against Altair in MSC Lawsuit

While Altair Engineering lost a critical battle in its on-going copyright infringement lawsuit brought by MSC Software Corp., company officials say its simulation software products will not be affected by the ruling.

MSC Software had filed a suit alleging misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of confidentially. The six-week trial, held in U.S. District Court in Detroit, culminated this week in a jury finding in favor of MSC Software after two weeks of deliberation. At issue were MSC Software’s allegations that former employees who left MSC to join Altair between the period of 2005 and 2007 knowingly took trade secrets related to its Adams simulation technology and used them as a basis for Altair’s MotionSolve multi-body system simulation product, which is a direct competitor.  Continue reading

NVIDIA GTC 2014: The Dawn of Pascal; the Rise of the Machines

At NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference (GTC, March 24-27, San Jose, California), the self-driving Audi Connect upstaged even NVIDIA’s enigmatic CEO Jen-Hsun Huang. The autonomous vehicle drove itself onto the stage, providing the big finish to Huang’s keynote. But the Audi’s presence may have a purpose greater than the Wow factor. Huang suggests the GPU would play a crucial role in machine learning.

As he stepped up to deliver his keynote address to the GPU faithfuls in San Jose’s McEnery Convention Center, Huang quipped, “A good friend said [GTC] is like the Woodstock of computational mathematicians. I hope it turns out the same way.”

For the past several years, NVIDIA has worked to redefine the GPU’s identity. The company’s message: The graphics processor is not just for fueling the blood, gore, and explosions in video games and movies. When bunched together, they have sufficient firepower to tackle large-scale problems that affect humanity — from accurate weather simulation to DNA sequencing. For the era of the Internet of Things (IoT), that means automated parsing of visual cues to make decisions. Continue reading

NVIDIA GTC 2014: Find Your Device in the Cloud

This week, at NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference (GTC, March 24-27, San Jose, California), NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang was almost upstaged by an Audi. The self-driving Audi Connect drove itself onto the stage, providing the big finish for Haung’s keynote on Monday.

Before he shared the stage with a driver-less car, Huang also shared the stage with Ben Fathi, CTO of VMware, the company that might foster enterprises operating in a computer-less environment. Haung introduced Fathi as the point man from “the largest and one of the most important virtualization companies in the world.”

Fathi and Huang took the opportunity to discuss Horizon DaaS, VMware’s business that delivers Windows desktops as virtual machines available on-demand, accessible remotely. Just as SaaS vendors deliver software as a service over the internet, VMware plans to deliver “Windows desktops and applications as a cloud service, to any device, anywhere, with predictable costs,” explained the company.

The foundation technology is NVIDIA Grid’s GPU-based HPC hardware, and VMware’s cloud setup. VMware’s partner NaviSite is the first to offer Horizon DaaS products to enterprises. Later, in 2015, virtual GPUs will become part of Horizon DaaS offerings. Continue reading

STAR Global Conference 2014 Focuses on Simulating Systems

When David Breashears, a famous mountaineer and filmmaker, took the stage at CD-adapco’s STAR Gobal Conference in Vienna, Austria, last week, there was one question on the minds of the more than 500 people at the sold-out conference:

What does climbing Mount Everest have to do with simulation?

Plenty, as it turns out. There are many parallels, especially given the theme of this year’s STAR Global Conference: Simulating Systems. Bringing together disparate engineering disciplines, technologies and stakeholders to accurately simulate systems requires communication and collaboration. In the end, teamwork is as important as the simulation software. Continue reading

Altair Enlighten Award Shines A Spotlight On Lightweighting

The automotive sector is certainly no stranger to the concept of lightweighting, and neither is simulation software provider Altair, which has been promoting its CAE suite as a lightweighting tool for years.

But with emerging fuel standards and a continuous push for innovation and cost efficiencies driving the requirements for lightweighting to the next level, Altair, in collaboration with the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), is hosting a competition to encourage awareness and recognize industry achievements in weight reduction.

The 2014 Altair Enlighten Award, now in its second year, is designed to spark innovations and technologies that provide practical design approaches to achieving the mass reductions that are necessary to meet the new, more stringent fuel economy standards, Altair officials said. Last year’s winner was BASF Corporation, which won the top award for the development of its thermoplastic composite front seat pan for the GM Opel. Continue reading






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