DEM Solutions Implements EDEM® Simulation Software onto SGI® UV™, the 'Big Brain' Computer

  DEM Solutions Implements EDEM® Simulation Software onto SGI® UV™, the 'Big
  Brain' Computer

EDEM taps World’s Largest Shared Memory System to Deliver Highly Scalable and
   Compute-Efficient Simulation of Bulk Particles for the Global Equipment
                     Manufacturing and Process Industries

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EDINBURGH, Scotland & DENVER -- February 5, 2013

DEM Solutions, the company setting the standard for engineering application of
discrete element method (DEM) simulation, today announced the implementation
of EDEM Simulation Software onto SGI^® UV^™, the ’Big Brain’ computer, to
deliver the industry’s first large-scale bulk particle simulation using
commercially-available DEM software. Leveraging the compute capabilities of
the world’s largest shared memory system, DEM Solutions’ customers and EDEM
users will be able to realize the full potential of EDEM Software for
simulation-based product design and optimization of equipment that handle or
process bulk particles, such as powders, granules, tablets and aggregates.

“Bulk particles, also known as bulk materials or bulk solids, are handled and
processed in every major manufacturing and process industry, including,
pharmaceutical, food processing, consumer packaged goods, mining, minerals
processing, metals manufacturing, and construction and agricultural
machinery,” stated Dr John Favier, CEO and Founder of DEM Solutions. “DEM
simulation provides a ‘real world’ level of detail of bulk particle behavior
and interaction with equipment that surpass other CAE technologies, and as a
result requires more data-intensive computing capability. SGI UV offers the
large-scale computing capability required for data-intensive DEM simulation,
and like our EDEM Simulation Software, offers a scalable and cost-efficient
solution to support the increasing adoption of DEM as a key engineering
technology by our blue chip customer base across the many process and
manufacturing industries.”

EDEM implemented on SGI UV is the industry’s first large-scale shared memory
parallel DEM simulation, on a scalable Shared Memory Parallel (SMP) computer
architecture using commercially available DEM software. The initial
implementation on an SGI UV running 128 cores and 2TB of memory enables a
simulation of 10 million model elements with further scaling to larger models
using bigger SGI UV architectures planned. This capability expands the
engineering and operational benefits of DEM to industry, including:

  *Reducing engineering design cycle time
  *Providing new information not obtainable from measurement of the bulk
  *Opening up new possibilities for product and process innovation
    contributing to effective product and process life cycle management

“DEM Solutions is widely recognized as the leader in the engineering
application of DEM simulation for manufacturing and process industries, and
they are the first to deploy SGI UV in this application area,” stated
Christian Tanasescu, vice president of applications and solutions engineering
at SGI. EDEM on SGI UV will provide EDEM users unlimited scaling of simulation
of bulk particles with the ease of use of a workstation. We look forward to
working with the EDEM developers now and into the future to bring enhanced
performance of the software on our SGI UV shared memory platform.”

Dr Favier added “We worked with SGI because of their proven leadership in
technical computing solutions that deliver strong performance for a wide range
of commercial applications. In our testing, some projects that would take
months are now taking only a week or two using an SGI UV system. The SGI UV
solution will provide our customers in the manufacturing and process
industries with the most cost-efficient large-scale computing solution capable
of delivering the benefits of EDEM’s advanced simulation capabilities today,
and is scalable to meet the greater simulation requirements of future
developments and product enhancements.”

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About DEM Solutions

DEM Solutions is the market leader in simulation software and services for the
design and optimization of bulk particle handling and processing equipment.
The Company’s ground-breaking Discrete Element Method (“DEM”) simulation
technology and expertise provides advanced engineering and operational
benefits of the Company’s unique predictive modeling capability to all
industries handling and processing bulk materials, enabling them to optimize
equipment performance, increase productivity and operational efficiencies, and
enhance product innovation. In addition to market leading EDEM^® simulation
software platform and EDEM BulkSim^® software, the Company provides
engineering support services to blue-chip companies around the world in
mining, energy, equipment manufacturing and process industries.

Founded in 2003, the Company is headquartered in Edinburgh (UK) with offices
in Denver (USA), Yokohama (Japan) and Shenzhen (China) supporting direct sales
in Europe, Americas, Japan, China, and Australia, and channel sales in the
rest of the world. DEM Solutions also works with a network of industry-expert
engineering service partners worldwide supporting customers in deployment of
EDEM simulation technology to address engineering challenges involving bulk

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