Understanding Parallel Computing
People are always asking how the performance of COMSOL Multiphysics® simulation software will improve on a parallel system, especially now that large multi-core desktop computers are relatively inexpensive and it’s easy to rent time on cloud services like the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud™. It turns out, though, that it’s not always possible to get faster performance just by throwing more hardware at the problem. To understand why, let’s take a conceptual look at computers and the algorithms COMSOL® software uses.
Photos from the COMSOL Conference 2014 Cambridge
The first stop of the COMSOL Conference 2014 has now come and gone. The event brought together over 320 simulation practitioners from the worldwide multiphysics community to the unique setting of Churchill College in Cambridge, U.K. I would like to thank everyone who made the trip and to share with you some photos from the conference.
Keynotes from the COMSOL Conference 2014 Cambridge
The COMSOL Conference 2014 kicked off with its first stop last month in Cambridge, U.K. Among other things, attendees were treated to three keynote speeches from prominent COMSOL Multiphysics® software users: Whirlpool R&D, Bang & Olufsen, and Xaar.
Piezoelectric Materials: Understanding the Standards
Standards form an integral part of the work we do as engineers, providing a common language for communicating complex information. But standards committees are not omnipotent and sometimes revised standards are not universally adopted. This has happened in the case of the standards for piezoelectric materials, particularly for quartz. This blog post explains the multiple standards used to describe piezoelectrics in literature. Although the particular focus of this post is on quartz, the standards described apply for any piezoelectric material.
An Idea that Is Taking Off: Next-Generation Spacesuits
Among developments in space technology, next-generation spacesuits could be a pivotal advancement, helping astronauts move and operate more freely within space. Here, we investigate the research behind these suits and how they work.
How to Get the Most out of Arrow Plots in COMSOL Multiphysics
In a recent blog post, Lexi explained how to best use line, surface, and volume plots. We will now look into arrow plots and how you can use these to your advantage. After a beginner’s guide, you’ll get a “look in the kitchen” via a very interesting industrial application where arrow plots played a crucial design role in winning a consulting assignment.
Sea Life Offers New Insight into Underwater Adhesives
Underwater adhesives are used extensively in the medical field, helping to heal and treat the human body — a very wet environment. In their pursuit to design stronger waterproof substances, researchers have drawn upon the natural adhesives produced by organisms living in the sea.
Improving the Beer Brewing Process with Simulation
There are two aspects of home brewing: the culinary side and the engineering one. Many beer lovers start brewing either to improve a recipe, try to clone their favorite beer, or even simply just to see how it works. After brewing a few batches, however, it turns out that the brewing process can also be very challenging from an engineering point of view.
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