The future of visualization solutions for HPC and HPC-based visualization, in CAE space

Over the last few weeks, I have been involved in discussion with various external parties about Ceetron’s visualization solutions and how they can be applied in the HPC world.  I thought it could be interesting to explore this issue in more depth, with some assistance from my colleague Andres Rodriguez-Villa. Ceetron has for many years… Read More

Data exchange format standardization in the CAE market, and the case for standardization on VTFx

(DISCLOSURE: While an employee of Crisp Ideas AS, Oslo, Norway and adviser in the areas of business development and strategy to technology companies, I have and have had engagements with Ceetron AS, the owner of the VTFx data exchange format.) The VTFx data exchange format has a long history in the CAE community, with the original specification dating… Read More

NAFEMS World Congress trip report, and the future role of 3D visualization in engineering analysis, collaboration, and V&V

Some weeks ago, I came back from the NAFEMS* World Congress on CAE in San Diego where a question that I had thought resolved, was still (decades after the widespread adoption of 3D visualization technology) generating disagreement. In preparing for my trip to NAFEMS, I had re-read a thread in LinkedIn’s CAE Professionals Group that… Read More

Future model sizes in the FEA and CFD community, an update based on interviews with industry insiders

How many Ferraris did you see this morning on your way to work? Unless you work in the Maranello-based company, zero is the most likely answer. Of course, some days you will stumble upon one – there are car buyers wealthy enough to indulge in indecently horse-powered models…. even if those horses are not necessary… Read More

Technology prediction for Big 3D: Typical FEA and CFD model sizes to be used in the CAE community in 2020 and 2025

According to a French saying, it is wise to turn your tongue seven times in your mouth before you speak. The publication of a recent blog post ( suggests I still haven’t learned this wisdom. A colleague argued in that post that the typical size of today’s engineering simulation unstructured mesh topologies should be counted… Read More

“Big 3D” in the Cloud

How web-based 3D visualization will enable the cloudification of FEA/CFD software, and how that will transform today’s engineering workflows Why have computationally intensive engineering applications resisted cloudification? The rapid migration of mainstream business functions into the cloud underscores the question. Finance, personnel, administration, productivity, and even many research applications are already up there. In fact,… Read More