Pointwise Releases Gridgen for Linux

FORT WORTH, TX (20 August 2001) – Pointwise today released Gridgen, their mesh generation and preprocessing software for computational fluid dynamics (CFD), for the Linux operating system.

"We're very excited about the Linux port of Gridgen," said Dr. John Steinbrenner, Pointwise's Vice President of Research and Development. "CFD engineers had submitted more requests for Linux than any other hardware platform." Gridgen's Linux port uses the most up-to-date drivers from graphics accelerator vendors to provide OpenGL hardware acceleration.

Scott Percival, a Gridgen for Linux Beta tester at the U.S. Navy Surface Warfare Center's Carderock Division, wrote that "I had all the power and capability of Gridgen on my PC without having to give up Unix." Another Beta tester at Lockheed Martin wrote that "We were very pleased with the Beta version and eagerly await the shipping version of Gridgen for Linux."

Gridgen is a meshing application for CFD that generates hexahedral, tetrahedral, and hybrid (prisms and pyramids) meshes. The software runs on the 5 major Unix platforms, Linux, and Windows operating systems.

Gridgen is a complete meshing application and includes trimmed-NURB geometry import from CAD systems, meshing tools, and direct interfaces to CFD solvers such as Fluent, STAR-CD, and CFX. Gridgen reduces meshing time through:

  • Fault tolerant, "repairless" meshing of sloppy CAD models
  • High quality mesh cells - leading directly to high accuracy simulations
  • Responsive and knowledgeable tech support

Pointwise, Inc. is solving the top problem facing engineering analysts today: mesh generation for computational fluid dynamics (CFD). Large manufacturing firms and research organizations worldwide use Pointwise's Gridgen software and services to create the "digital geometry" that enables computer simulation of a product's performance in a fluid environment. Further information on Gridgen can be obtained from Pointwise's website, http://www.pointwise.com.

Pointwise and Gridgen are registered trademarks of Pointwise, Inc. Linux is a registered trademark of Linux Torvalds. OpenGL is a registered trademark of Silicon Graphics, Inc. UNIX is a registered trademark of The Open Group in the United States and other countries. Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks are property of their respective owner.