This is another good example of a software need pushing the hardware to new heights. The inclusion of the vector processor is really interesting and is a throwback to the mainframe era. In the 1980s, using ANSYS and other, similar codes, we purchased a vestor processing facility to attach to our IBM mainframes. This was a great approach to speeding up engineering codes. Many engineering codes are more amenable to speedup with a vector processor than a massively parallel machine.
Interesting observation, Naperlou. The vector processor was definitely played down compared to the emphasis on optimizing the software to support multicore architectures. Nevertheless, the outcome is the same: Enabling heavy duty simulation duties, which greatly improves engineers' ability to do larger and more intense simulations on complex assemblies--all good for the development of more sophisticated products.
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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