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MSC, CADLM Expand Partnership for ODYSSEE

NEWPORT BEACH, CA, June 18, 2019 – MSC Software Corp.,  a global leader in CAE simulation software and services, announced an extension to its cooperation with CADLM into a strategic market development partnership for ODYSSEE, its innovative new state-of-the-art Machine Learning-based software package for real-time parametric design and optimisation.  Paris-based CADLM has been a pioneer in implementing Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology in CAE, and MSC Software have selected CADLM solutions to add to its product portfolio, globally.

The ability to compile information from CAE simulations associated with mathematical models and data mining allows for very fast analysis of very complex and highly non-linear simulation responses such as crash, transient dynamic and structural analysis, and CFD, but also finance, biomechanics, and defense applications.  CADLM develops predictive, real-time design optimisation models for CAE simulations based on Machine Learning techniques via the ODYSSEE suite of software.

ODYSSEE is a powerful platform, including various machine learning, data handling, signal treatment, image processing & recognition, data compression and fusion, as well as system sensitivity analysis complemented by optimisation and robustness indicators.  The software is applicable to FE or CFD models and is solver independent, allowing for rapid deployment and coupling with most of MSC’s CAE software, from very early design concept to optimisation and robustness analysis.

ODYSSEE provides an impressive set of tools empowering engineers and analysts who require quick feedback on complex engineering design and optimisation problems.  It employs various techniques such as learning from data, forecasting, and optimisation of design parameters; all within an interactive and real-time environment.

Key modules of the ODYSSEE software suite include:

  • Machine learning engine via the QUASAR module
  • Optimisation and robustness analysis via the NOVA module
  • Reduced Order Modelling technology via the LUNAR module

“The CADLM team was eager to pair the ODYSSEE product with an already established leader in the CAE market.  We are confident that MSC’s highly capable sales and support organisation, will help expedite the delivery of ODYSSEE technology to manufacturing companies that are ready to take the strategic step towards AI and Digital Twins,” said Kambiz Kayvantash, CEO, CADLM, commenting on the partnership.

“We selected CADLM for its game-changing software platform ODYSSEE that allows for numerous machine-learning solutions whose exploitation is central to real-time CAE design exploration. Integration of CADLM’s AI technology with MSC’s CAE tools will enhance our mutual solutions and establish new perspectives, not only in CAE based structural designs, but also in digital solutions that create autonomous connected ecosystems as we move towards the convergence of the physical with the digital world, and intelligence is built-in to all processes,” said Kais Bouchiba, MSC sr. vice president EMEA & Global A.I. / Machine Learning Strategist, who welcomes the extension of the partnership.

About MSC Software

MSC Software is one of the ten original software companies and a global leader in helping product manufacturers to advance their engineering methods with simulation software and services. As a trusted partner, MSC Software helps companies improve quality, save time, and reduce costs associated with design and test of manufactured products. Academic institutions, researchers, and students employ MSC’s technology to expand individual knowledge as well as expand the horizon of simulation. MSC Software employs 1,400 professionals in 23 countries. For more information about MSC Software’s products and services, please visit www.mscsoftware.com

MSC Software is part of Hexagon, a global leader in sensor, software and autonomous solutions. Hexagon has approximately 20,000 employees in 50 countries and net sales of approximately 3.8bn EUR. Learn more at hexagon.com.

About CADLM

CADLM specializes in engineering, simulation, optimization, and industrial reliability analysis. It has developed specific know-how in data analysis and AI, especially for the automotive, aerospace, biomedical and civil engineering sectors. It counts among its customers Toyota, PSA, Thales/DGA, VEDECOM, Ariane Group & Dorel. CADLM markets its software under the ODYSSEE platform (data mining, prediction, scale models, optimization, artificial intelligence) and offers high value-added services, with a commitment to time and results.

For more information on CADLM and its products, visit www.cadlm.com.

Hawk Ridge Opens Additive Mfg Center in Ohio

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, June 18, 2019 – Hawk Ridge Systems announces that it is opening a new additive manufacturing location in Ohio this month. The move is part of the company’s continued expansion in the Midwest and push to provide coast to coast digital manufacturing solutions and expertise.

The new digital manufacturing lab provides a welcoming environment for client meetings, training and a production showroom that will display the product portfolio from industry leaders Markforged and HP 3D printing technologies.

“The Cincinnati area is an ideal location because of the strong engineering and manufacturing presence that Ohio offers. We are extremely excited about this expansion and look forward to working with companies, both big and small, for their additive manufacturing needs,” says Paul Rudin, VP of digital manufacturing for Hawk Ridge Systems.

Hawk Ridge Systems is committed to providing leading 3D printing technologies with the support and resources that clients need. The company offers the widest selection in 3D design and manufacturing solutions, and access to the most experienced team of professionals in the industry.

Dale Ford, CEO of Hawk Ridge Systems, commented that, “Hawk Ridge Systems is thrilled to open our new location in Ohio and expand our additive manufacturing capabilities. We look forward to becoming a member of the Cincinnati community and an integral part of the local manufacturing sector.”

The facility is located on Lake Forest Drive, sharing a building with the Microsoft Training Center. Hawk Ridge Systems is hosting an official open house on Wednesday, June 19, 2019. Details regarding the event can be found on the company’s event page. Members of the manufacturing and design community are welcome, in addition to press and community.

About Hawk Ridge Systems

Hawk Ridge Systems is a leading provider of 3D design, manufacturing and 3D printing solutions to help clients exceed their business objectives. Their solutions include HP and Markforged printing technologies, Artec 3D scanners and the full portfolio of Dassault Systèmes offerings, including SOLIDWORKS, and CAMWorks manufacturing software.

Hawk Ridge Systems is the largest provider of additive manufacturing solutions and has been awarded the top SOLIDWORKS reseller award many times since its inception in 1996. The company also offers worldwide training through the Hawk Ridge Systems store.

Based in the Silicon Valley, Hawk Ridge Systems has 22 offices in the United States and Canada, providing coast-to-coast coverage in North America.

CNC Releases Mastercam 2020

CNC Software, Inc. has released Mastercam 2020. It is now available for purchase. Mastercam 2020 increases machining productivity and reduces overall production costs with new 2D through multiaxis milling automation features, CAD and model preparation improvements, improved machine configuration, 3D tooling, and more.

CNC Programming 

Mastercam 2020 continues to increase productivity and programming efficiency, while reducing overall production costs, with a series of automated 2D through 5-axis toolpath improvements. The new 3D Blend toolpath delivers a smooth, precision surface finish, and provides stock and holder checking. 3D tooling has also seen many usability improvements such as 3D tool icons in tool lists, stop-on-contact functionality when mating insert to holder, and auto-populating compensation point when defining 3D tools.

Job Preparation and Setup

Mastercam 2020 increases efficiency and reduces job setup time and the preparation needed for part machining and programming. This includes the ability to filter inserts and holders by attributes as well as the ability to track associativity. Chaining enhancements include faster, easier chaining for Wireframe and Solids, and chain display and behavior improvements.

Validation

With improvements to toolpath and machine simulation, toolpath graphics, and other verification and analysis tools, Mastercam 2020 provides greater programming assurance and allows for better, more informed decisions before a job is run. These improvements include the go to home position on tool plane change which moves the tool to a home position between operations when there is a plane change. Rotary axis positioning allows you to simulate and visualize multiaxis movement of the machine tool, while Skip Drill Cycle Pecking improves cycle time estimates.

Partnership Implementation

Mastercam has teamed up with some of the manufacturing industry’s top players, providing a wider variety of new software tools, shop-proven hardware, powerful learning tools, and much more. Save time, reduce errors, and gain access to the latest innovative partnerships offered through Mastercam.

For more information on Mastercam 2020, please visit http://www.mastercam.com. For information about the latest enhancements to Mastercam, visit whatsnew.mastercam.com or whatsnew.mastercam.com/2020/mcfsw.

Orbiwise Launches OrbiWAN v6.0

GENEVA, Switzerland, June 18, 2019 – Orbiwise, experts in developing advanced technologies for IoT providers to maximise the performance of their service and product offerings, announced that they have successfully launched OrbiWAN 6.0, a major upgrade to its carrier-grade IoT platform that operates and manages LoRaWAN networks. OrbiWAN provides their clients with advanced network management tools and a scalable architecture, supporting large operators’ deployments and Enterprise IoT applications alike.

The OrbiWAN platform is horizontally and vertically scalable from a local server deployment to global operators running on large clusters of VM to millions of gateways and billions of devices. The standard automatic network manager allows any basic user to use the solution out ‘of-the-box’ while an experienced operator can customise the parameters to fine grain detail, managing multiple groups in the same network separately.

Domenico Arpaia, CEO and co-founder of Orbiwise, said, ”We are delighted at Orbiwise to have successfully completed the launch of OrbiWAN 6.0.  Several of our customers have already adopted this latest version and are already leveraging the set of advanced management tools and features to maximize the performance of their IoT networks. Their feedback has been very positive. We expect the rest of our existing global customer base to quickly adopt OrbiWAN 6.0 as well and are already deploying this version with all new customers.”

Peter Kaae Thomsen, CTO and co-founder added, “We have a very experienced development team with much first-hand knowledge from the wireless industry and cloud-based solutions. We pride ourselves on listening to and identifying what our customers require to manage more efficiently their LoRaWAN IoT networks while developing OrbiWAN 6.0.”

OrbiWAN 6.0.  is highly scalable and addresses all markets from small local Enterprise IoT setup where simplicity and out-of-the-box usability is key, to large scale operators where network performance, customizability, advanced accounts and role management, APIs stability and high-availability is important. The new profile-based architecture in OrbiWAN™ 6.0 is one of the main answers in achieving this scalability of usage. Orbiwise has also worked on improving system response times with the “Instant Messaging” that allows “device to application to device” response in the same Class A uplink/downlink cycle. The Orbiwise dedicated test and validation team spent many months testing the solution with dedicated testing for all supported regions to ensure that the rollout to all customers will happen safely without impact on operations.

Key features of OrbiWAN version 6.0 include (some of which were already in the previous version 5.1.4):

Radio Protocol

  • Multicast (both Class-B and class-C)
  • “Instant messaging”: Application can answer an uplink in the RX1/2 window of the same uplink
  • Improved multicast downlink scheduling
  • RX window selection
  • QoS-based dynamic link adaptation
  • Channel management via profiles enable network deployment with heterogenous gateways (e.g. coexistence of 8ch, 16ch, 64ch etc.)
  • Passive Roaming support
  • Device time sync via MAC command
  • Periodic battery and device status reporting

Network Management

  • Powerful Device and Service Profiles allow fast and flexible management of large groups of devices and enable advanced automatic network management features.
  • Monitoring of gateways with alarms
  • Operations on GW groups for large networks. Batch job scheduling including firmware update
  • Multi-tenant architecture with users’ hierarchy
  • Detailed network trace for tenants and administrators
  • Paged access for all Gateways, devices, payloads etc.

Data Access & Device Management

  • Fine-grain rights management allowing multiple administrator to manage different accounts and features
  • Connectors for main IoT cloud platforms (Azure, AWS, IBM Bluemix, etc.).
  • Four-levels hierarchical account management with flexible, fine-grain rights management
  • All features available via fully document REST API
  • Data-path (uplink and downlink) also via MQTT, WebSocket and Kafka

Fraser Gibbs, CTO at eleven-x, in Waterloo, Canada said, “The breadth of use cases that LoRaWAN supports is vast and continues to grow but each customer has subtle differences and requirements from the network.  Orbiwise’s 6.0 release brings unprecedented control and configurability to their carrier grade solution for the Network Operator to get the most out of each deployment.”

Alasdair Rettie, technical director at Pinacl Solutions, United Kingdom said, “Pinacl Solutions selected Orbiwise as their LoRaWAN Network server provider to support their UK Smart City networks. Having worked with other LoRaWAN network service providers it quickly became apparent how feature rich, well designed and easy to use the Orbiwise solution was.

“Pinacl secured a contract with Aberdeen City Council to deploy a city-wide LoRaWAN based intelligent lighting solution. The LoRaWAN network server solution had to support Class C devices and the transmission of multicast packets for calendar profile updates and firmware updates over the air (FUOTA). The Intelligent lighting CMS system required additional integration with Orbiwise to get it fully working. The support received from the Orbiwise technical team was first class and as a result Aberdeen now has a city wide smart IOT LoRaWAN network that supports Class A and C Devices and multicast traffic.”

OrbiWAN is now available to all current and new customers and full details can be found on OrbiWise website at www.orbiwise.com.

About Orbiwise

Founded in 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland by several ST Ericsson former employees, Orbiwise specialises in developing advanced technologies for IoT providers to maximise the performance of their service and product offerings.

The Orbiwise carrier-grade LoRaWAN network server, OrbiWAN, is based on Lora technology. Orbiwise prides itself on being a customer-centric organisation, with deep expertise in LoraWAN networks, the wireless industry and an extensive range of competences including cloud and embedded software solutions, as well as consumer software and hardware product design, can provide our clients with end-to-end solutions.

The OrbiWAN network management solution success is built on the robustness and scalability of its platform, offering highest quality customer support  and a wide range of features including real-time device instant messaging and targeted device group profiling whether it be supporting few or thousands of gateways  in smart city, rural or industrial environments to enhance management of pollution controls, increasing agricultural and manufacturing efficiency, facilitating city parking or improving employee health and security amongst many other applications.

Having established itself globally, winning major projects on all five continents, Orbiwise has deployed the largest LoraWAN network in the world in India for one of its partners, Tata Communications, and also provide end-to-end noise and air pollution measurement solutions in several European cities through their network platform, gateways and measurement sensors.

Learn more about Orbiwise solutions at www.orbiwise.com.

About eleven-x

eleven-x Inc, a Contributing Member of the LoRa Alliance, is a next-generation network operator enabling the Internet of Things [IoT]. Their low power wide area network [LPWAN] is Canada’s first and only public coast-to-coast network supporting the use of low-cost sensors and devices for a variety of Smart City and Enterprise IoT applications. Based on LoRaWAN, an international standard backed by over 500 companies, their carrier-grade network enables customers in the private and public sectors to efficiently and cost-effectively manage assets, create and maintain Smart Cities, and realize environmental sustainability. Visit eleven-x.com for more information.

About Pinacl

Pinacl delivers ICT in a way that enables their customers to pursue their Digital Transformation Strategies, to make their visions a reality. They have many blue chip and local Government clients, that have trusted Pinacl with their technology needs over many years

Learn about Pinacl at www.pinacl.com.

E4 Computer, Open Edge Announce codes@OEHI Program

SCANDIANO, Italy, June 18, 2019 – E4 Computer Engineering SpA and the Open Edge and HPC Initiative announced that Arm-based HPC resources will be provided to researchers and scientists from academia and industry through the codes@OEHI program. To submit a request for access, have a look at the section “How to Apply” in the OEHI website (http://www.openedgehpcinitiative.org).

The mission of the Open Edge and HPC Initiative is foster the development of an open and feature-rich ecosystem for Arm-based technologies to support the evolving needs of the various industries undergoing digitalization and of all their respective stakeholders. This ecosystem will complement and enrich the existing ecosystem, not substitute it and is open to all relevant players, including ISVs, solution providers as well as key customers of such solutions.

The Open Edge and HPC Initiative is established as an industry-led, non-profit organization focusing on enabling technologies and pursues the following goals:

  • Facilitate shorter time to market by joining efforts on reference architectures and supporting the realization and demonstration of end-to-end solutions.
  • Create an environment where members can integrate solutions coming from different suppliers and thus nurture the innovation potential of all its members.
  • Create an open environment for sharing information, experience and lessons learned between members.
  • Raise awareness for capabilities of Arm- based solutions and create new market opportunities.

The Open Edge and HPC Initiative has the ambition of playing a major role in enabling the scientific and societal revolutions that is underway. The first and second industrial revolution not only transformed technology but also led to fundamental societal changes. The ubiquitous data processing may be equally significant.

Through the codes@OEHI, E4 and the Open Edge and HPC Initiative make available Arm-based HPC resources to scientists from all domains, industrial users, engineers, code developers, educators, students and ISVs.

The objectives of the program are to enable, develop, test and run applications, pinpoint technical enhancements for future Arm-based HPC solutions, identify missing functionalities of the current Arm-based HPC ecosystem and educate the new generations on Arm-based solutions.

The benefits of the codes@OEHI program is to enrich the Arm-based ecosystem in terms of

  1. Developing and porting of open source applications to the Arm-based ecosystem;
  2. Training of students, developers, users, engineers;
  3. Enablement or evaluation of ISV’s applications;
  4. Providing feedback on the results achieved;
  5. Providing a gap analysis of what’s missing/not enough in the current ecosystem;
  6. Sharing success stories for dissemination;
  7. Support industrial users to overcome barriers for the adoption of Arm-based HPC solutions in their business model.

The results of the codes@OEHI program will be shared with the community via a section of the Open Edge and HPC Initiative Web page (http://www.openedgehpcinitiative.org) and will be available to all the interested parties.

E4 Computer, Marvell Partner to Sponsor UPC Team

for Student Cluster Competition at ISC High Performance 2019

FRANKFURT, Germany, June 18, 2019 – As for the previous five editions, E4 Computer Engineering, teaming up with Marvell, is very proud to sponsor and support the UPC Team for the Student Cluster Competition at ISC High Performance 2019, from June 16 – 20 in Frankfurt, Germany.

Fourteen international STEM teams will compete using custom design HPC systems, wrestling with the objective of achieving the highest performance across a series of HPC benchmarks and applications under strict power constraints.

Applying a co-design approach, E4 assembled a very effective platform based on three specifications of Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC): an Arm cluster, powered by 8 dual-socket Marvell ThunderX2 nodes connected via the EDR Infiniband High Speed switch. The compact 28U standard rack includes compute nodes, switches and liquid cooling. The liquid cooling is a mandatory feature because it allows the system to reach a higher energy efficiency.

The cluster is based on the Marvell ThunderX2 processor, the second generation of Marvell’s Arm v8-A based server processors, optimized to deliver the highest computational performance along with balanced IO connectivity, memory bandwidth and capacity. This, in combination with the low power consumption, energy efficiency and rich features of Arm’s architecture, creates an environment that is well suited to run computationally intensive HPC workloads and is ideal for the team to run an effective competition.

“E4 is honored to support the SCC and is committed in encouraging new generations on such a kind of initiative,” said Cosimo Gianfreda, CTO at E4 Computer Engineering. “We see in these students the same passion we have for HPC and this is very rewarding for a company like E4. Besides, our experience on Arm-based architectures and the collaboration with partners like Marvell has always made the difference.”

“The relationship between the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) and E4 supporting the SCC experience is based on solid ground and it goes far beyond the pure business,” said Filippo Mantovani, advisor of the Barcelona team, “we are both well aware of the importance of a high-level education in HPC and committed to promote it. Such HPC education requires state-of-the-art technology coming from top-notch HPC industry, and this is why the partnership among BSC, E4 and Marvell is so important for the team.”

“The ISC Student Cluster Competition provides an inspiring, hands-on opportunity for the next generation of engineering talent to be part of at an exciting juncture in the HPC industry,” said Larry Wikelius, vice president of Ecosystem and Partner Enabling at Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. “We are honored to collaborate with E4 once again to enable a compelling, high performance experience that brings the Marvell ThunderX2 processor technology that powers the world’s fastest Arm-based supercomputer into the hands of these students.”

This year, a special thanks goes also to Cineca, the Italian supercomputing center, who accepted to grant the use of the Marvell ThunderX2-based cluster assembled by E4 and operational in their premises.

About E4 Computer Engineering

Since 2002, E4 Computer Engineering has been innovating and actively encouraging the adoption of new computing and storage technologies. Because new ideas are so important, we invest heavily in research and hence in our future. Thanks to our comprehensive range of hardware, software and services, they are able to offer their customers complete solutions for their most demanding workloads on: HPC, Big-Data, AI, deep learning, data analytics, cognitive computing and for any challenging storage and computing requirements.

For more information, visit www.e4company.com.