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The biggest problem for a company seeking to establish a new computer architecture is to get software developers to support it, but Alan Michels Ardent Computer Corp, the Sunnyvale, California start-up that started life as Dana Group, has won something of a coup in that direction. Intelligent Aerodynamics Inc of Princeton, New Jersey has agreed to joint marketing of FL087, claimed to be the first computational fluid dynamics package with integrated graphics with the Titan, Ardent’s forthcoming graphics supercomputer. FL087 was created for use in aircraft design, and is the latest version of software developed by Dr Antony Jameson, professor of aerospace engineering at Princeton, to solve Euler equations widely used for aerodynamic analysis in aircraft design and simulation. Ardent will license the FL087 software with its own Dynamic Objective Rendering Environment graphics library to Titan customers at $15,000. A more comprehensive version, with pre- and post-processing on FL087, will be offered for $36,000 later.

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