TROY (WWJ) — Altair has announced the release of CFDCalc, an on-demand and affordable computational fluid dynamics application, built on top of Altair’s industry-leading CFD solver, AcuSolve.

Using the reliability, efficiency and near-instant availability of Amazon Web Services, this cloud application serves as both a software-as-a-service (SaaS) application and as a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) application.

With this, users can access high-end CFD technology as an online, cloud-based service, and industry experts can take advantage of the vertical framework and easily develop their own vertical CFD applications.

CFDCalc comes with two pre-packaged, special-purpose vertical applications that are developed to solve two common yet challenging CFD problems: fluid mixing in the industrial and consumer mixing industry, and thermal cooling in the electronics industry. Altair will offer additional vertical applications while promoting experts and developers globally to use the framework to develop new applications, further enhancing the portfolio of solutions.

“Running complex CFDCalc solutions on AWS enables users to have virtually unlimited on-demand compute resources, and allows the CFDCalc services to scale up or down as needed,” said Terry Wise, director of the worldwide partner ecosystem at AWS. “We are excited to be working with Altair to bring these innovative and cost-effective CFD solutions to our joint customers.”

Added Farzin Shakib, vice president of CFD technology at Altair: “CFDCalc brings high-end CFD technology to the general engineering community, allowing all levels of users — from casual designers and analysts to expert developers — to take advantage of the same technology used by Fortune 500 companies as an online CFD simulation tool or platform for application development. This new kind of cloud application, with an intelligent Web interface, requires no CFD expertise for users, eliminating the upfront cost of purchasing hardware and software, and provides solutions at a fraction of the cost and time previously required. It also provides the means for CFD experts to design, develop and deploy calculators on CFDCalc and market them globally.”

Employing CFDCalc as a PaaS technology, Altair will enable new waves of developers to build and deploy new vertical applications that they otherwise may not be able to do, fueling a social network community connecting CFD experts with potential users. Furthermore, companies can deploy CFDCalc on Amazon Web Services for their dedicated use.

To access CFDCalc, visit

Altair offers a wide variety of software and services for engineering, design, computing and enterprise analytics. Its products and services are used in the automotive, aerospace, government, defense, consumer products, electronics, architecture, engineering, construction and energy industries. The company has about 2,000 employees and offices throughout North America, South America, Europe, Asia and the Pacific.

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