FieldView 20 Comes Loaded with New Capabilities

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Caelus simulation results courtesy of Applied CCM

More Hybrid Parallelism with Multithreading

Up to 15x Faster Vortex Cores, Surface Flows and Formulas

  • Building on the success of the new multithreading technique introduced in FieldView 19, more features now benefit from this speed up.
  • Vortex Cores, Separation and Re-attachment Lines, all types of Surface Flows as well as all Formula Operators will now be computed in parallel on all threads.
  • Multithreading works out the box, for all types of data, and can be combined with MPI Parallel.

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Redesigned Icons

Unified Color Scheme Makes Useful Information Pop

  • New users will more easily understand the action behind each icon.
  • Existing users will not have to learn a new interface: icons remain similar in shape and are all in the same locations.
  • New icons are being introduced for buttons that were only using text so far.

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Native File Dialog on WindowsTM

Faster, Full-Featured Browser

  • On Microsoft WindowsTM, FieldView now uses the native file dialog box.
  • Customizable favorites, mapped drives and remote machines are all enabled.
  • Navigation is much faster than in previous versions, especially on remote storage or in folders containing many files.
  • Retrieving files is easy with the search bar.

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Optimized Time Step Changes

Up to an Order of Magnitude Faster Transients Sweeps and Animations

  • Visualization objects that do not change in the next time step are now preserved whenever possible.
  • This yields maximum time savings for animations with multiple datasets where only one of them changes over time.
  • Surfaces no longer disappear when they go out of range for a portion of the simulation time.

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Better Support for Zero Thickness Surfaces

Scalar Values Can Now Be Viewed on Both Sides of Baffles, Thermal Shells and Other Zero Thickness Boundary Surfaces

  • In previous FieldView versions, one variable took precedence regardless of which side was displayed.
  • Both sides will now display the correct values.
  • Surface front and back can be flipped if the initial view is incorrect.

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New Source of Speedups with Shaders

50x Faster Vector Rendering

  • Rendering vector fields with 2D arrow heads makes images more readable but requires the 2D heads to be aligned with the screen in real time.
  • This operation has now been pushed to the graphic card through the use of a shader function, making vector rendering 50 times faster.

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Quicker XDB Format

20% Faster Read and Write

  • Users who want to optimize their extracts-based workflow can now turn off encryption of the XDB files to save I/O time.
  • The former more secured XDB format is still used by default and should continue to be used when sharing results with people outside of your organization for viewing with XDBview.

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Boundary Surface Clipping for Structured Datasets

Easily Clip Boundary Surfaces by X, Y and Z (Or by Cylindrical Coordinates)

  • Boundary Surfaces can now be truncated by all three Cartesian or cylindrical coordinates at the same time. The pre-existing Threshold features remains available for clipping by a scalar.
  • The Boundary Surface panel has been reorganized to make room for this new feature.
  • Boundary Surface Clipping is also supported in FVX and python.

And Many More FieldView 20 Improvements

  • Updated readers for Altair ultraFluidX, Altair AcuSolve and Ensight.
  • And 14 new other improvements and fixes.

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