Kenji's Blog

Blog for Dr Kenji Takeda at the University of Southampton. Find out about what he's up to in aerodynamics, aircraft noise, flight simulation and Formula One teaching, research and schools outreach. Also see what's going on in the School of Engineering Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Southampton graduate leads British GP 1-2

Well done to Adrian Newey and all of the other Southampton graduates at Red Bull Racing/Technology for an amazing 1-2 at this weekend's British Grand Prix! With Southampton alumni at all levels at RBR it is great to see them doing well. We're also very proud of our people in all of the F1 teams, including a load at Brawn GP. Maybe we should setup our own team - 'Southampton University F1'. That said, it wouldn't be very fair, as we'd probably sweep the board, even more than Brawn GP is at the moment . So if you want to join the top flight of F1 then there's no better place than the University of Southampton, just ask Adrian Newey! See for more details.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Head in the clouds....

Wouldn't it be nice if when you had a really tough job to do, that the tool you had available did most of the thinking for you?
That's exactly what a small company called DezineForce aims to do for engineers around the world. If most of us want to design something using computer engineering tools like computational fluid dynamics (CFD) or Finite Element analysis (FEA) then it usually means hours converting CAD to a mesh, then running computations, analysing each result carefully before deciding how to improve it.
Queue automatic design optimisation. Why not let a computer do the hard work? That's what we do here at Southampton, based around technology developin in our Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre and Microsoft Institute for HPC.
Previously this type of technology was only available inside the world's largest organisations, but now DezineForce is making it available to everyone via 'cloud computing'.
Read all about it in the Microsoft Architecture Journal here... If you want to speed up your product design cycle, then why not look at DezineForce!