Today, in a transaction of undisclosed amount, DS acquired the Germany software maker known for its optimization packages: TOSCA Fluid and TOSCA Structure. DS already has a robust collection of simulation products, marketed under the SIMULIA brand. By acquiring FE-DESIGN, DS is boosting its current simulation offerings with the optimization technology in FE-DESIGN’s TOSCA products. Continue reading
No longer considered mainly a utilitarian device, consumers are actively engaged in a love affair with their electronics gear, upping the ante for product development teams now tasked with creating seductive designs on top of the traditional engineering challenges.
Call that an opening for Dassault Systemes, which is aggressively trying to promote its wide and varied 3D design, digital mockup, and PLM tools under its 3DEXPERIENCE umbrella into integrated solutions for specific industries. The latest in Dassault’s string of such offerings is HT Body, a broad-reaching platform aimed at engineers and designers in the electronics manufacturing sector and with a specific focus on the enclosures and chassis that are the most obvious hallmark of such devices. Continue reading
Mountain climbers know Piz Daint, measuring 9,700 feet, as part of Switzerland’s snow-dusted Ortler Alps. Researchers and supercomputer nerds, however, know another Piz Daint, installed inside the Swiss National Supercomputing Center (abbreviated as CSCS in Swiss). The center is a unit of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, where Albert Einstein once studied. Since supercomputers are used for, among other things, accurate weather prediction, the micro-climates of the Piz Daint in the Alps could very well be computed on the Piz Daint at the CSCS.
The supercomputer is a Cray XC30 system. Its current performance is listed as 216 TFlops, according to Top 500 Supercomputers. It’s the largest supercomputing giant Cray has assembled and delivered to date. But it’s about to get faster. When it’s retrofitted with Kepler GPUs, its speed will go up to 1 PFlops (1,000 trillion floating point operations per sec), announced NVIDIA. By early 2004, the Piz Daint will become “the fastest GPU accelerator-based scientific supercomputer in Europe,” NVIDIA noted.
For those who think Siemens PLM Software’s talk about openness is just talk, it pays to consider its latest announcements, that while seemingly unrelated, seem to go a long way in underscoring its commitment to the much discussed strategy. Continue reading
To be frank, this is a tough one for me to comprehend. When I go shopping, I like to experience the product with all five senses (or as many of the senses as permissible). When I go to American Eagle Outfitters for a new pair of jeans or a summer shirt, I like to feel the fabric. When I’m browsing a bookstore, I like to pick up the book and flip through the pages. When I’m restocking ground coffee, I tend to buy or reject brands based on how it smells. Would someone — say, a clothing retailer — be able to design a good shopping experience for me by constructing virtual store shelves inside a computer in pixels that cannot be felt, smelled, or touched?
Dassault Systemes seems to believe it’s possible. This week, the company launched Perfect Shelf, an addition to its consumer packaged goods (CPG) solutions. Perfect Shelf, according to Dassault, “[provides] realistic views of retail aisles including shelves, fixtures, products, lighting and promotional materials — allowing the shopping experience design process to take place significantly faster, with greater extent and flexibility and at lower cost.” Continue reading