Mergers & Acquisitions

Mergers & Acquisitions

August 17, 2011

SGI Acquires OpenCFD Ltd

To help customers solve their most demanding business and technology challenges, SGI a company in technical computing, has completed the acquisition of OpenCFD Ltd., the leader in open source computational fluid dynamics.

"Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is one of the most important application areas for technical computing," said SGI CEO Mark J. Barrenechea (News - Alert). "With the acquisition of OpenCFD Ltd., SGI will be able to provide our customers the market's first fully integrated CFD solution, where all the hardware and software work together."

OpenCFD is the company in open source CFD software and has a large, active user base across commercial engineering, science and the public sector. According to a press release, OpenCFD is the developer of the OpenFOAM software, consisting of over 80 solver and 170 utility applications - solving anything from complex fluid flows involving chemical reactions, turbulence and heat transfer to solid dynamics and electromagnetics.

"We are excited to be part of SGI and now be able to take OpenFOAM to the next level," said Henry Weller, founder of OpenCFD. "OpenFOAM is the highest quality code available for CFD. The open source model provides customers with the code transparency and the full view into the inner workings of the software they need to have confidence in the results, particularly when they perform safety calculations for projects such as nuclear reactors or aircraft design."

Customers can take advantage from the fact that OpenFOAM is an open platform and offers them immediate access and freedom to customize and extend its existing capabilities.

Using CFD, companies can model and simulate the interaction of liquids and gases with solid surfaces, addressing one of the key challenges in creating almost any product, from bikes to airplanes, propellers to turbines, or from potato chips to silicon chips.

"TotalSim believes that the acquisition of OpenCFD by SGI and the formation of the OpenFOAM Foundation will provide the long-term stability, resources and structure for the continued success of OpenFOAM," said Rob Lewis, managing director at OpenCFD customer TotalSim. "TotalSim is looking forward to continuing the relationship through SGI and working together to further expand the use and benefit of OpenFOAM to the engineering community."

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Edited by Rich Steeves

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