CFD in the Azure Cloud

The term 'Cloud Computing' is a rather nebulous term that is open to interpretation, filling some with fear and others with delight. So in an effort to define what the cloud could mean for Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations, we undertook a feasibility study, sponsored by the Microsoft DPE team, to see how to couple Caedium with a cloud-based CFD simulation service. We chose to harness the strength of Caedium's interactive simulation setup and results visualization by keeping them close to the user on a local machine, and then outsourcing the intensive numerical CFD simulation as a Windows Azure cloud service.

Caedium using Azure Cloud ServiceCaedium using Azure Cloud Service

How Much Does CFD Software Cost?

It seems you can go online and find the price of almost anything these days. You want to know the price of a Mercedes, just visit their website and there it is. If you want to know the price of a Honda, same again - it's easy. However, if you want to know the price of commercial Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software then you are out of luck. I guess it's a case of 'if you have to ask, you can't afford.' Symscape is one of the few exceptions - if you happen to stop by our Caedium product pages you'll see how much our CFD software costs - what an innovation, actually publishing CFD software prices!

How much for CFD?How much for CFD?

Engineers as Loner-Loser-Uncultured-Geeks - Not!

Remember being shunned at college (at least in England) for being an engineer (or scientist) by the oh so trendy arts and humanities crowd? I do. We geeks were characterized as uncultured loners and losers. Well I've been re-examining the evidence and I think we should have stood our ground and turned this whole loner-loser-uncultured-geek thing on its head and fired it right back at the arts and humanities posse.

Engineers Did This: Apollo 11 Moon LandingEngineers Did This: Apollo 11 Moon Landing

CFD Novice to Expert Part 7: CFD 201

Hopefully you had a successful time simulating your application with the advice served up in "CFD Novice to Expert Part 6: CFD For Your Application." Before I finish up this 7 part series I want to offer some parting thoughts on where and how best to use CFD within a product design cycle.

CFD Novice to Expert Part 6: CFD For Your Application

With the grounding you now have in fluid dynamics, CFD, and some quality hands-on CFD time thanks to "CFD Novice to Expert Part 5: Hands-on CFD," now is the time to put it all together and focus on your specific application. Here we go with part 6, the penultimate part, in this 7-part series.

CFD Simulation Around a Pickup TruckCFD Simulation Around a Pickup Truck

CFD Novice to Expert Part 5: Hands-on CFD

I bet you've had enough theory with our previous article "CFD Novice to Expert Part 4: CFD 101." Are you ready to fire up your CFD software for the first time and take it for a test drive? Then let's get on with part 5 of this 7-part series.

Pipe into a Box Flow TutorialPipe into a Box Flow Tutorial

CFD Novice to Expert Part 4: CFD 101

Great to see that you are sticking with the series. After the previous article "CFD Novice to Expert Part 3: Fluid Dynamics 201" you are now rapidly approaching halfway, with this being part 4 of this 7 part series.

CFD Cyclone Simulation: Shows streamlinesCFD Cyclone Simulation: Shows streamlines

CFD Novice to Expert Part 3: Fluid Dynamics 201

Back for more fluid dynamics? I know - the brief introduction in "CFD Novice to Expert Part2: Fluid Dynamics 101" was good, but it only skimmed the surface, so onwards with part 3 of this 7-part series.

Turbulent SmokeTurbulent Smoke

CFD Novice to Expert Part 2: Fluid Dynamics 101

Hopefully you were suitably inspired by "CFD Novice to Expert Part 1: Get Inspired" and that's why you are here now ready for part 2 of this 7-part series.

CFD Novice to Expert Part 1: Get Inspired

Say you've come up with an idea that can solve the energy crisis by reducing the drag of cars by X%, but how to proceed? Whichever way you turn you keep coming across the same phrase - Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) - with the almost fantastical claim that it can, in large part, replace expensive physical modeling techniques such as wind tunnels - but still, how to proceed? Money and time are tight, but you're talking about solving the energy crisis for the good of humanity. There simply has to be a way to proceed. Enough already - let's proceed with part 1 of this 7-part series.

Inspiration: Airflow Around a Rocket CarInspiration: Airflow Around a Rocket Car

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