Thought Leader Thursday: Data, Data Everywhere, Not a Byte to Use

Using Machine Learning (ML) for Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) is an entirely different beast than using ML for other industries where we are used to seeing it the most, such as retail, recommendation engines, spam filtering, etc.

Unlike these industries, CAE does not have as much of an issue with confidentiality (knowing design parameter values does not help to reconstruct a design in most cases) and liability (engineers know the application physics and can verify the accuracy of the answer).  However, CAE suffers from a big challenge: not enough data or even no data! Unlike other industries where data flows in large volumes every second, in the CAE industry we are trained to survive with very minimal data. In this industry, data is expensive to obtain and in some cases needs to be created from scratch. You may find this hard to believe, but there are also many cases where the data is either not retained or not organized. Before rolling your eyes at such oversights, note that CAE data requires larger storage than most other types of data. Gigabyte sized results files for physics-based simulations is not uncommon. In addition, the disciplines under the CAE umbrella such as FEA, CFD, MBD are all performed by individual experts – in the absence of an organized central data management system, the data ends up residing on many different hard drives making it harder to be utilized in machine learning processes.

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Altair Scales Up for HPC Users at SC18

SC18 — the world’s largest international conference for high-performance computing (HPC), networking, storage, and analysis — drew a mammoth crowd this November in Dallas, Texas. The event brought together scientists, engineers, software developers, policy makers, corporate managers, CIOs, IT administrators, and other professionals from all corners of the HPC and supercomputing industry. 12,000 attendees connected with 391 exhibitors at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.

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Altair’s 2018 Global Technology Conference Commences in Paris

The first day of Altair’s Global Technology Conference (ATC) 2018 just finished and what a day it was! With more that 870 registrations and over 600 people already joining today’s industry seminars and welcome reception, this conference sets out to break all records. 

Simulation-Driven Design and Manufacturing

“Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black.”  – Henry Ford (July 30, 1863 – April 7, 1947)  Today, when I see a white car on the road, I can hardly tell what the exact color … Read More

Multiphysics Analysis of an Aircraft Radome

A variety of critical performance metrics can be predicted via simulation, including boresight error, transmission loss, bird-strike damage, and deflection under aerodynamic load. When it comes to aircraft design, engineers must meet standard requirements and consider every scenario. Would the … Read More