New release of leading CFD post-processing software focused on strengthening existing capabilities
SAN DIEGO (Jan. 5, 2016) – Tecplot, Inc., developer of the leading data visualization and analysis software for engineers and scientists, today announced at AIAA SciTech 2016 the general availability of Tecplot 360 2016 Release 1.
SciTech 2016, held today through Jan. 8 in San Diego, is the flagship research and technology conference & exhibition of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). As the world’s largest professional society for the aerospace industry, Reston, Va.-based AIAA serves a diverse range of more than 35,000 individual members from 80 countries, and 100 corporate members.
For Tecplot 360 2016 Release 1, Tecplot focused on strengthening many of the software’s existing capabilities. The highlights of the new version include easier license management, better support for polyhedral data, improved animation methods, an all-new macro debugger, and greater Mac support.
“While there’s nothing sexy about license management, I think everyone knows it can be a hassle,” Tecplot Product Manager Scott Fowler said. “We’re using new technology called Activation Pro to alleviate that pain for single-user licenses. With Activation Pro, the user’s machine ID and license key are centrally stored, meaning our software will now automate many administrative tasks that previously were done manually by the user.”
Fowler continued, “We’re also proud to announce improvements to our software’s performance with polyhedral data. The CFD community is gravitating to polyhedral element types largely due to their tendency to increase the rate of convergence. We’ve spent considerable time improving our algorithms and rendering to better support polyhedral cells. Many of these algorithms have been made parallel while simultaneously using less memory, which allows our users to visualize and analyze larger data sets, faster. Early benchmarking indicates overall speed improvements of about 25 percent, with some operations being more than two times faster.”
Rounding out the functionality upgrades of the new release are the reintroduction of several animation methods, which are useful for engineers trying to gain insight from extremely large data sets; an all-new macro debugger, which makes it much easier for users to navigate and debug their scripts; and enhanced functionality for the growing number of engineers who use Macs, such as the ability to easily launch a new Tecplot 360 window from the Dock or by double-clicking a Tecplot data file.
First released in 2014, Tecplot 360 is the most memory-efficient CFD post-processor available for desktop computers, requiring 92% less memory than earlier versions when loading modern high-fidelity CFD solutions. CFD engineers are now able to load and analyze data once reserved for only the largest high-performance computing centers.
The software’s industry-leading speed – both computational and rendering — is achieved through Tecplot’s proprietary SZL technology, which is a combination of deferred data loading, exhaustive parallelization, and many other code optimizations.
Tecplot 360 2016 Release 1 supports Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. Existing Tecplot 360 users with current Software Maintenance Service agreements can upgrade to 2016 Release 1 at no additional cost. Special pricing is available for qualified academic users.
Founded in 1981 by former Boeing engineers Don Roberts and Mike Peery, who today serve as CEO and chairman of the board, respectively, Tecplot is the leading developer of CFD visualization and analysis software for engineers and scientists. Tecplot’s products allow customers using desktop computers and laptops to quickly analyze and understand information hidden in complex data, and communicate their results to others via brilliant images and compelling animations. The privately held company’s products are used by more than 47,000 technical professionals around the world.
Tecplot has been awarded numerous Small Business Innovation Research contracts from DOD, NASA, DARPA, and the National Science Foundation. In 2012, the company was named a Red Herring Top 100 Americas Award winner.
Since its founding more than 30 years ago, Tecplot has consistently delivered category-leading innovation to the engineering and scientific communities. Examples of this never-ending innovation include Tecplot RS for oil & gas reservoir simulation data, Tecplot Chorus for analyzing multiple simulations of design-space exploration data, Tecplot 360 for lightning-fast visualization & analysis of complex data, and Tecplot Focus for automating routine data analysis and plotting tasks.