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Big Brain takes on DEM software

DEM Solutions, the company setting the standard for engineering application of discrete element method (DEM) simulation, has announced the implementation of its EDEM simulation software onto SGI UV, the ’Big Brain’ computer, to deliver the industry’s first large-scale bulk particle simulation using commercially-available DEM software.

Using the compute capabilities of the world’s largest shared memory system, DEM Solutions’ customers and EDEM users will be able to make use of the software for simulation-based product design and optimisation of equipment that handle or process bulk particles, such as powders, granules, tablets and aggregates.

'Bulk particles, also known as bulk materials or bulk solids, are handled and processed in every major manufacturing and process industry, including, pharmaceutical, food processing, consumer packaged goods, mining, minerals processing, metals manufacturing, and construction and agricultural machinery, said Dr John Favier, CEO and founder of DEM Solutions.

'DEM simulation provides a "real world" level of detail of bulk particle behaviour and interaction with equipment that surpass other CAE technologies, and as a result requires more data-intensive computing capability.

'SGI UV offers the large-scale computing capability required for data-intensive DEM simulation, and like our EDEM simulation software, offers a scalable and cost-efficient solution to support the increasing adoption of DEM as a key engineering technology by our blue chip customer base across the many process and manufacturing industries.'

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