June 1, 2011
By Anthony J. Lockwood
Dear Desktop Engineering Reader:
This, dear reader, sounds like a very interesting one.
Tecplot the other day announced a soon-to-be-released application called Tecplot Chorus. Basically, this is a simulation analytics management tool for you engineers and scientists needing to discover trends and anomalies in all those large data sets your CFD studies produce. That is, what Tecplot is said to be designed to do is help you quickly figure out which CFD run is associated with a particular point on your metadata plot so that you can find, visualize, and examine the underlying fluid-dynamic phenomena of the piece of data that caused these variations.
Tecplot says that Tecplot Chorus can analyze one to thousands of simulation cases simultaneously and that the simulation data management system it incorporates handles both test and computational data. This means two things. One, you’ll waste less time fussing around rummaging through your file system to find the one data set with that intriguing variable. Two, engineers all over the enterprise and design chain can archive and make sharable their data sets, which, of course, means collaboration. And collaboration means greater efficiency across teams, less re-inventing the wheel, less rework, fewer false starts, and, ultimately, a better optimized product to market more quickly.
Tecplot Chorus uses a single interface to achieve this. From that interface, you can launch the company’s Tecplot 360 numerical simulation and CFD visualization application and “most” third-party 3D post-processors to dig into the data you’re interested in without leaving your project to boot up this and that application to see what’s going on.
Still, the really big deal here, IMHO, is that Tecplot Chorus helps you manage the massive glut of data generated from multiple CFD runs, find the data representing variations in your metaplots, compare data from different sources, understand trends and anomalies across the metadata, and collaborate with your teammates quickly and easily. If what Tecplot says this software can do is true, Tecplot Chorus might just be a game changer. And having been an acquaintance of Mike Peery, the president of Tecplot, for a number of years, I have no reason not to take their word for it. (And, I should add, in spite of the disclaimer over there and those who would ralph, this is not a sponsored message today. I think you should know about this product.)
It’s a little early for you or me to fully see for ourselves about Tecplot Chorus, but the company says that the software will be released in the third quarter of this year, so it shouldn’t be long. Right now, there is a lot of data to read about Tecplot Chorus and its underlying philosophy. Hit the links at the end of today’s Pick of the Week write-up to access them. Make sure to check pout the FAQs. It’s worth learning more about this product.
Anthony J. Lockwood
Editor at Large, Desktop Engineering
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