Gridgen To Support CATIA V5 and Itanium

FORT WORTH, TX (1 June 2004) – Pointwise announced today future versions of their flagship computational fluid dynamics (CFD) mesh generation software, Gridgen, will have the ability to read CATIA® V5 native format files and run natively on HP-UX 11.0 on Itanium®.

Gridgen's Native CAD Readers simplify the process of transferring CAD geometry into the analysis process. They allow Gridgen to read the native file format of many CAD systems, bypassing the translation process that often introduces errors into the geometry. Gridgen reads native CAD files directly and does not require a CAD license. This saves valuable CAD seats and lets Gridgen users read CAD files sent to them from remote locations even when they do not use the CAD system that generated the geometry.

"CATIA V5 is the fifth Native CAD Reader type we'll have added to Gridgen," said John Chawner, Pointwise's president. "We are continuing to add more types as customers demand, so I guess the CAD systems we support now give some idea about the type of people using Gridgen. We provide Native CAD Readers for CATIA V4, Pro/ENGINEER®, Unigraphics®, STEP, and soon CATIA V5.

Gridgen has long supported HP-UX on the PA-RISC® architecture, and customers have been running that version on Itanium® systems also. However, to take full advantage of the performance gains of the Itanium processor, Pointwise is now creating a native Itanium version.

These performance enhancements are especially important to customers like Advantage CFD, a consultancy firm providing CFD services to the motorsports industry and other highly competitive businesses. Says Dr. Rob Lewis, Chief Engineer at Advantage CFD, "Itanium platform allows us to access large amounts of memory with significant compute power. Running Gridgen, we are able to build large models on a workstation in a fraction of the time it took on our older, large shared memory machines."

Pointwise, Inc. is solving the top problem facing engineering analysts today: mesh generation for computational fluid dynamics (CFD). Gridgen runs on Unix, Linux, and Windows; generates structured, unstructured, and hybrid grids; and interfaces with CFD solvers such as Fluent, STAR-CD, and CFX as well as many neutral formats like CGNS ( Large manufacturing firms and research organizations worldwide rely on Gridgen as their complete preprocessing toolkit. Further information on Gridgen can be obtained from Pointwise's web site,

Advantage CFD (ACFD) offers a range of CFD consultancy services designed to meet the needs of any fluid mechanics and heat transfer problems. ACFD's tools evaluate beyond 'best guess' or physical constraints, enabling rapid design analysis to maximise your product's performance. With advanced CAD and design capabilities ACFD can offer CFD consultancy extended into product design and development. Further information on Advantage CFD is available at their website,

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