Image-based engineering on HPC systems made easy

Press release 29 April 2014. Simpleware and ParaFEM have agreed to collaborate on making it easier to carry out image-based modeling on HPC systems. Currently, there is no common model format shared by the two packages, meaning users have to rely on running conversion scripts at the Linux command line and manually editing files. This can be both time consuming and prone to errors. Therefore both Simpleware and ParaFEM will implement new import/export options for a common data format. Importing and exporting large files can be a bottleneck in parallel processing, so the chosen interface will likely be through the binary Ensight Gold or ExodusII format. These are supported by the open source ParaView visualization package. The collaboration will provide a seamless meshing, solution and postprocessing pipeline for simulations requiring the use of HPC facilities. The common data format capability will be released towards the end of the year.

About Simpleware

Simpleware develops industry-leading software solutions for the conversion of 3D images (as obtained from MRI, CT, micro-CT...) into high-quality Finite Element (FE), Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), CAD and 3D Printing models. Simpleware software is being used by engineers and researchers in a variety of fields, including: Life Sciences, Materials Science, Oil and Gas Exploration, Industrial Non-Destructive Evaluation and Reverse Engineering. Simpleware software is based on proprietary technology that facilitates the integration of image data with CAD and computational analysis (FEA and CFD) workflows. Unlike other approaches, Simpleware provides a direct route between 3D image data and simulation-ready models. For more information on Simpleware, please visit:

About ParaFEM

ParaFEM is an open source library for parallel finite element analysis. It is an extension of the software provided in Smith IM, Griffiths DV and Margetts L “Programming the Finite Element Method”, 5th Edition, Wiley, 2014. ParaFEM uses an element-by-element solution strategy together with iterative solvers to solve problems with up to 1 billion degrees of freedom and has been used on systems with up to 64,000 cores. It is under continuing development supported by both industrial and research funding. For more information on ParaFEM, please visit: