A podcast for self-confessed CFD nerds 🤓
A show where we geek out on CFD-related stuff, talk to founders about their CFD “journey” & chat with industry experts about what CFD looks like in their world.
It’s not technical, it’s never technical, but it is niche. So, if you know your lattice from your Boltzman & a discontinuous Galerkin doesn’t sound like a medical condition, then you’re in the right place.
This is the show for you & you are most welcome 🙏
Social - Episode 12
It’s the last show of Season 04 (time flies when you’re podcasting) & Simon & I are back chatting about the most recent shows, the season just gone & our thoughts/plans for 2020:
- Simon reveals his ultra-personalised, CFD-powered, custom surfboard & custom wave idea #futurist 🤓
- Cloud HPC experiences including:
- AWS ParallelCluster - https://aws.amazon.com/hpc/parallelcluster/
- HPCBox from Drizti (a new one on me, but Simon says good things) - https://www.drizti.com/hpcbox.html
- We marvel at how Diabatix AI knows what to do & how it does it 🤯
- Simon reassures me that the robots aren’t coming for our jobs (yet) & that they might let us carry on meshing their ideas anyway
- We sketch out some of our plans for 2020 - but will they include more podcasts?
Links to our stuff…
• Checkout Simon’s work at Upstream Applied Science, especially if you want help selecting the right engineering tool for the job - https://www.upstream-applied-science.com/
• Connect with Simon on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/simon-hubbard-48b96310/
• If you’re looking for help navigating the tricky world of open-source CFD then checkout what I’m doing at www.cfdengine.com
• Connect with me on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/robinknowles/
Insight - Surfboard Design
Time for the last insight episode of the season - I hope you've enjoyed them as much as I enjoyed doing them?
In today's episode I had the pleasure of talking to Riccardo Rossi about combining his experience in fluid dynamics research with his passion for surfing and the intricacies of applying CFD to the design of surfboards.
We barely scratch the surface of this fascinating topic, but Riccardo introduces us to some of the challenges, including:
- relating performance in the "predictable" world of CFD with that on the unpredictable ocean wave
- using CFD to relate the "feel" of a board to it's fluid dynamics
- whether the insight from CFD can make you a better surfer
- using CFD as an attention-grabber in product marketing
- Connect with Riccardo on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/riccardo-rossi-a58a692b/
- Find out more about Riccardo's company - Red Fluid @ http://www.red-fluid.com/ and the work they've been doing in this area
- Follow them on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/RedFluidDynamics/) & Instagram(https://www.instagram.com/redfluiddynamics/) for more surf-related content
Diabatix - Lieven Vervecken
I've wanted to have a guest on the show to chat about artificial intelligence & machine learning in relation to CFD for a while now. It keeps coming up in other discussions but this is the first founder interview where I get to scratch the surface of this huge topic.
Today I’m talking to Lieven Vervecken one of the founders of Belgian CFD startup Diabatix - mixing AI/ML with generative design, optimisation & traditional CFD methods to design a new breed of heat sinks.
Lieven fills us in on:
• their PhD-to-Business journey & the importance of early contact with (potential) customers
• how they operate their business somewhere in between software development house, consultancy & software-as-a-service - taking the best of all worlds
• what they mean by the baggage-laden terms, generative design & artificial intelligence
• why they’re more than just a fancy optimisation tool
Check out the kind of thing we’re talking about here - https://youtu.be/D52fwUTf0GM
• Check out the Diabatix website - https://www.diabatix.com/
• Or their YouTube channel for more visual examples of what they do - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQZXN5-UdJNrOmPOJhjmXTw
• Connect with Lieven on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/lievenvervecken
• Or drop them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t forget to let him know you heard him on the podcast 👍
Social - Episode 11
It’s the last episode of 2019 & we’re introducing a new section of the show called “grumpy old CFDistas get a bit bah humbug about stuff” which may not become a regular feature.
Some of the things on our radar this episode include…
• Cybertruck simulations on LinkedIn
• In awe of Patrick’s CFD skills & PreonLab’s renderings
• the “importance” of aerodynamics for battery electric vehicles (& the importance of not getting too “rant-y” while podcasting)
• AWS clusters vs. SPH & the fight for control of Simon’s to-do list
• a few other shiny nuggets from the AWS conference r.e. CFD
Links to some things we mentioned
• NASA Turbulence Modelling Resource - https://turbmodels.larc.nasa.gov/
• Discussion of Formula1® doing CFD on AWS with a few details - https://www.zdnet.com/article/formula-1-turns-to-aws-to-develop-next-gen-race-car/
• Slightly less enlightening but more entertaining talk from Rob Smedley about the above - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBX7lPk5qmA
• Peter DeSantis talking about HPC on AWS (it’s l-o-n-g & also has the Rob Smedley bit in it) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPUWATKe15E
• New ARM instances coming to AWS with (apparently) around 40% price-performance advantage over their other instances (faster AND cheaper) - https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/coming-soon-graviton2-powered-general-purpose-compute-optimized-memory-optimized-ec2-instances/
As always, connect with us both on LinkedIn & mention the podcast 👍
Simon on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/simon-hubbard-48b96310/
Robin on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/robinknowles/
Insight - Flying Cars
In today’s episode we welcome back previous guest, friend of the show and all-round CFD expert, Patrick Hanley.
The last time Patrick was on the show we spoke about his experience as an independent CFD software vendor. This time we’re hearing about his adventures designing “flying cars” as part of the mobility startup Terrafugia.
We cover a lot of ground, including, but not limited to:
• How speed of execution is critical in the sprint to market & how different CFD tools can play into that (including a huge shout-out to Pointwise)
• The value of understanding what’s gone before, not only in terms of aircraft development, but also code development & being able to mine those archives to give you an unfair advantage today
• The importance of being able to select the right simulation tool for the job, being able to get multiple approaches to agree & the alarm bells that should go off when they don’t
• Connect with Patrick on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/hanleyinnovations/
* Check out Patrick’s CFD codes at http://hanleyinnovations.com/
• Check out the Terrafugia website for more details of their vehicle concepts - https://terrafugia.com/
Fifty2 - Jens Cornelis
Today I’m chatting with Jens Cornelis, one of the founders of FIFTY2 Technology – CFD software developers based in Freiburg, Germany & home to the particle-based CFD code PreonLab.
Jens shares some of the story of FIFTY2 Technology & the development of what became PreonLab, including:
• why PreonLab is about more than just pretty pictures (but boy, do they make some pretty pictures) & whether using a CFD package can actually be “fun”
• how it was a little “too physical” for Pixar
• how they “crossed the chasm” & their journey from academia (University of Freiburg) into business
• the benefits of partnering with a distributor & having an industry focus
A couple of “must watch” videos to get a better handle on what we’re talking about:
• The “wipers & rain” video I mentioned - https://youtu.be/J-tvjQVQ3hQ
• The water wading simulation Jens mentioned - https://youtu.be/zku5AJ-_NNI
• Another video featuring windscreen wipers, this time dealing with snow - https://youtu.be/YrWQsrBNDBg
• Fifty2 Techology - https://www.fifty2.eu/
• PreonLab - https://www.fifty2.eu/preonlab/
• Fifty2 YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnYu7qq_21i9C3BPB8KNMkw
• Connect with Jens on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/jens-cornelis-3828a28b/
• Crossing The Chasm Book - https://www.amazon.com/dp/0062292986/
Great CFD Podcast!
As a CFD Engineer, I find Talking CFD very informative and insightful. It’s a lot like listening in on really interesting conversations at the CFD conference you didn’t have time to go to.
A lot of the conferences I go to are domain or software specific, so Talking CFD gives me an opportunity to broaden my understanding of the industry and gain insights into how CFD is evolving and how startups are influencing the industry.
Great CFD Podcast
I have listened to the CoolSim and Ubercloud podcast, looking forward to the SimScale episode.