Project Geode solid modelling kernel targets fast engineering simulation

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Pointwise’s Project Geode kernel is being used for node insertion in research code for degree elevation and curving of high-order meshes, such as this quadratic mesh

Pointwise’s Project Geode has been announced for open Beta testing, as the new solid modelling kernel for distributed computing of engineering simulation and analysis.

The Beta version of the Project Geode kernel is tuned to the needs of engineering simulation, making it fast and light enough for a distributed computing environment, while its heritage is the full kernel that forms the basis of Pointwise’s geometry-related capabilities.

A fourth generation solid modeling and geometry kernel written in C++, it is available across Windows, Linux and Mac in both 32-bit and 64-bit builds.
“Pointwise’s geometry modeling kernel has been continuously developed since before the company’s founding in 1994,” said Pointwise president John Chawner.

“The NASA CFD Vision 2030 Study’s identification of the lack of CFD software access to geometry made us realise that our geometry kernel could fill this need.

“The kernel’s core geometry evaluation functions can provide all the functionality a CFD solver would need for tasks like mesh adaption and elevation of elements to higher-order. We are now seeking additional beta testers to validate this idea.”


Project Geode has been in a limited, preliminary beta test for about a year. One of the early beta testers was the SU2 team at Stanford.

Dr. Edwin van der Weide from the University of Twente, wrote: “We have used Geode to create high order elements for the SU2 Discontinuous Galerkin solver that is currently under development.

“The available functionality in the kernel allowed us to project the inserted points onto the true surface reliably, leading to curved elements respecting the true CAD geometry.”

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