Applied Math Modeling Inc. has released CoolSim 4.4 — the next revision of the company’s popular modeling software. As the industry’s only cloud-based solution, CoolSim 4.4 continues to add important airflow modeling features for data center design optimization. 

“CoolSim 4.4 is the third major release in the past 12 months and represents another giant step in modeling capabilities,” said Paul Bemis, CEO of Applied Math Modeling. “Using CoolSim 4.4, users are now able to build complex data center models faster, and with greater fidelity, than ever before while leveraging the cost effectiveness of Cloud Computing to drive down simulation time and cost.”

CoolSim 4.4 adds an array of new features including:

  • Exposing parallel processing for faster turn-around time on large models.
  • Ability to process multiple simulations concurrently for design optimization sequences.
  • The addition of a Ducting Tool for the rapid addition and modeling of ducted supply designs.
  • Extensions to the CoolSim library system that allow for the storage of user defined objects and assemblies.
  • Ability to import models from popular DCIM tools including OpenDCIM.
  • Improved “ease of use” features including angles baffles, object alignment, and transparency.
  • Improved post processing features including higher fidelity output reports and 3D images.
  • Continued improvements to overall solution robustness in meshing and solver stages of processing.

These new features allow users to rapidly set up modeling scenarios and submit them to the CoolSim HPC computing system for quick turn-around. Existing CoolSim users will find these new features speed up the modeling process, while new CoolSim users will find the learning curve for CoolSim to be minimal.

“CoolSim was designed from the beginning to deliver industry leading price/performance while providing outstanding ease of use for users that don’t have the time to climb a steep learning curve,” said Bemis. “CoolSim 4.4 continues this tradition by adding features aimed at speeding up the model building and simulation process, allowing users to analyze many more design alternatives prior to selecting the optimal design for a given data center environment.”

CoolSim 4.4 is based upon an all new model building environment, which improves user productivity by allowing models to be built in multiple concurrent views. Thus the data center model can be constructed using both 2D and 3D views at the same time. The option to use multiple display monitors is also supported, offering additional on-screen real estate for building more accurate representations of the data center.

Once built, the model is automatically submitted to a hosted high-performance computing (HPC) cluster for processing using ANSYS®/FLUENT (CFD) technology. After the simulation is complete, HTML output reports and 3D visual images are produced and sent to the user. This mechanism allows users to perform multiple “what-if” studies of their data centers to determine the optimal placement of existing equipment, evaluate new or alternative designs, or visualize the effect of adding new equipment to an existing data center.

Industry’s Only SaaS Model

Applied Math Modeling continues to drive down total cost-of-ownership (TCO) for customers by delivering CoolSim using a hosted Software as a Service (SaaS) model that includes the software and the computational capacity to perform the complex CFD calculations.

“No longer do users have to pay the high annual license fees, or invest in expensive local computer servers to use a CFD based data center modeling tool,” Bemis said. “With CoolSim, users can leverage the same technology used in the aerospace and automotive markets at a fraction of the cost of ‘local processing only’ solutions.”

By using the CoolSim 4 subscription model, occasional users can select a usage plan that meets their specific usage needs.