MATHEMATICS, SIMULATION AND MODELLING
FDTD Solutions 7.5
20 January 2011
Lumerical Solutions has released FDTD Solutions 7.5 which features a concurrent computing capability allowing users to distribute simulations on multiple independent computer resources. Together with Lumerical’s capabilities for distributed computation on high-performance computing clusters, FDTD Solutions 7.5 offers speed improvements when used on multiple desktops and workstations within traditional computer networks.
‘FDTD Solutions 7.5 allows end-users to optimally achieve design goals on modern computing hardware,’ said James Pond, Lumerical’s CTO. ‘This release completes a multi-year mission to get individual computers simulating as fast as possible, and then to send those simulations to all available computers conveniently from your workstation. The time required to find an optimal design can easily be reduced by a factor of ten or more using the computers found in most offices or labs.’
Researchers and designers can access the concurrent computing capabilities available in FDTD Solutions 7.5 by obtaining Extra Engines licenses. Each additional one enables another computer resource to take part in a parameter sweep or optimisation task. By deploying FDTD Solutions 7.5 alongside Extra Engines, users can make maximal use of their computing resources to rapidly explore a broad parameter space to identify the best design.