CEI.2015-EnSightMR_11-24-15

CFD Visualization for Mixed Reality

CEI.2015-EnSightMR_11-24-15

EnSight, the leading post-processor for Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) data, is making strides into the virtual reality market. In September, EnSight launched its newest product, EnSight MR, designed to work with Canon Mixed Reality (MR) headsets.

Mixed Reality is a form of virtual reality that overlays virtual images into any physical environment. Video game developers have been experimenting with MR technology to display game elements on walls and tables. Now, with the advent of technology like the Canon MR platform, scientists and engineers can use MR headsets and CFD software to explore any complex physical scenario, including asteroids striking the earth and car accidents. This unique form of visualization is designed to help analysts better evaluate the physics of these scenarios by immersing them in the data, allowing them to see new angles and aspects of each experiment in real time.

With Canon’s Mixed Reality hardware, engineers can see their virtual models both full sized and scaled to their desktop, allowing for visualization of the model in any physical space. Users of the system can also manipulate their model using tactile input methods, eliminating the distraction of a keyboard and mouse and allowing for full immersion into the model experience. This immersive experience provides unique understanding of the simulation data, and can lead to better decision-making.

EnSight has long been the leading post-processing tool for visualizing, analyzing and communicating data from computer simulations and experiments. It is used by product engineers all over the world in industries such as automotive, aerospace, defense, energy production and high-tech manufacturing.

“EnSight MR on the Canon MREAL Platform strikes a balance between the visualization advantages of impressive, but expensive, CAVES or RAVE VR facilities and cheap 3D goggles, which simply block out the real world,” says Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Darin McKinnis. “By providing simultaneous view of the real world and the simulation results, Canon MREAL prevents nausea and disorientation common to other immersive VR systems. That’s why CEI is pleased to introduce native support for the Canon MREAL system within EnSight MR.”

CEI will be demonstrating the power of EnSight MR at their Japan Users Conference in Tokyo Japan. CEI representatives will be available to provide demonstrations in Tokyo, New York and Los Angeles upon request. Canon began demonstrating Canon MR at Canon Expo events in New York, Paris Tokyo and Shanghai in September 2015.

EnSight 10.1.5a Release Notes

EnSight 10.1.5a is now available for download

EnSight 10.1.5a has been released.  You may download it now.

New or Major Capabilities Added

EnSight 10.1.5a is a bug fix release not focused on adding new capabilities. But there are a few new features listed below.

Threaded Pathlines

Pathlines will now take advantage of your computer’s multiple processors to speed the calculation of pathlines.

SOS – Temporal Decomposition

Contact CEI for a demonstration of this capability to handle transient datasets using several servers each assigned to a different dataset. This is a beta release of this feature to permit early beta testing and feedback.

Polyhedrals

Improved clips, isosurfaces, and isovolumes in models with polyhedral elements.  CONVERGE users in particular should benefit.

Oculus Rift Support

Use an Oculus Rift (Developer Kit 2) unit to view models in EnSight (Free, Desktop, Standard, VR, or HPC).  Oculus Rift (developer kit version 2) headsets cost only $350.  But these units are lower resolution than the planned released Oculus Rift coming in early 2016.

 

Data readers/interfaces have been improved, including these:

Fluent Reader – now reads particles

Fluent Reader – improved reliability

 

Bug Fixes and Minor Changes

See the release notes Excel spreadsheet for specific items of interest.

EnSight_10.1.5a list of items changed.

EnSight 10.1.5a list.csv

Notes:

We have also enhanced the license manager so that you can use an environment variable on the client to point to a license server machine instead of needed to use a license file.

Now overlapping faces can be filtered out for a cleaner scene with no graphics flashing.

EnSight 10.1.4a Release Notes

EnSight 10.1.4a is now available for download

EnSight 10.1.4a has been released.  You may download it now.

New or Major Capabilities Added

EnSight 10.1.4a is a bug fix release not focused on adding new capabilities. But there are a few new features listed below.

Views

View can now be set to be normal to the selected part (set view normal to this plane, or normal to this part at that location).

View can now be set to be the maximum or minimum of a variable. The view orientation and normal will be adjusted so that the user is looking at the maximum or minimum location of a variable.

Filtered Elements

Front Facing/Rear Facing filter. When elements are nearly or exactly overlapping, EnSight can now appropriately display the desired surface in front, and not display the surface behind. This uses the element normal to determine which element should be displayed based on where the user is viewing from.

Now overlapping faces can be filtered out for a cleaner scene with no graphics flashing.

Now overlapping faces can be filtered out for a cleaner scene with no graphics flashing.

VR and Parallel Compositing

This is the first version of 10.1 for EnSight VR and EnSight HPC customers who wish to use parallel compositing (PC).  Previously these products were known as EnSight DR (VR) and EnSight Gold (HPC).

Polyhedra

This version also brings auto distribute for n-face polyhedra elements using Server of Servers (SOS) capability in EnSight HPC.  In other words, for really large models which have n-faced polyhedra elements.

Boundary Layer (BL) variable features are also now included in EnSight 10.1 for polyhedra elements.

License Manager

We have eliminated the binary license log, which was encrypted, and retained only the text license log, and the log file now rotates to a new log file automatically so that it never becomes too large to cause problems.

Miscellaneous

EnSight also now reads the CONVERGE Input File with a new reader.

This is also the first official release version for EnSight 10.1 in Japan (Japanese manuals, etc.)

Data Readers

Several readers/interfaces have been improved, including these:

Converge Input Files
EnSight Case Gold
ExodusII
FLOW-3D
LS-Dyna_beta (faster and less memory)
MSC.Marc (new reader replaces “MSC.Marc – Legacy” reader)
OpenFOAM
Synthetic
XDMF

Bug Fixes and Minor Changes

See the release notes PDF or Excel spreadsheet (same information) for specific items of interest.

ensight10_1_4a_release.csv.pdf

ensight10_1_4a_release.csv

ensight10_1_4a_release.xls

 

Notes:

We have also enhanced the license manager so that you can use an environment variable on the client to point to a license server machine instead of needed to use a license file.   But after testing this we’d like to announce it and have people use it in 10.1. 4(b) release.  Early adopters can try it, but note that if EnSight crashes then the license is not released in this case right away, something the 10.1.4(b) release will fix.

 

 

New stereo viewing option

A new choice is available for displaying EnSight visualizations in 3D.  We have a couple of these systems at CEI and have used them at customer trainings, trade shows and conferences, and in providing customer support.  They work well for both normal desktop applications like email and browsing, EnSight in non-stereo mode and EnSight in stereo display (quad-buffered 3D graphics).

Now you can use a stereo LCD or TV with built in emitters, such as the Samsung (model number TBD)

Running EnSight with AMD graphics on Samsung monitor

 

[quote style=”boxed”]This is great stuff. Says Dave Bremer, CEI Senior Developer and fan of Guam and post-it notes. [/quote]

 

To see the requirements for this kind of stereo set up, follow this link to fireuser.com community.