Scientific Computer Systems Corp, San Diego, has signed a joint marketing agreement with MacNeal-Schwendler Corp, Los Angeles, to offer MSC/Nastran on its SCS-40 near-supercomputer. MSC/Nastran solves a wide variety of engineering problems using finite element analysis, and it can handle static and dynamic stress calculations, including the effects of material and geometric non-linearities; heat transfer; aeroelasticity; acoustics; and electromagneticism. According to Scientific Computer, its competitive advantages include wide-ranging functionality, superior performance, highly regarded reliability, and extensive client support and service. Scientific and McNeal-Schwendler have agreed to participate in joint activities to promote the software on the 64-bit SCS-40, which is designed to come in below the Cray Research supercomputer line, and is compatible with the Cray X-MP. McNeal-Schwendler will be solely responsible for the leasing and support of MSC/Nastran, while Scientific will be responsible for the sales and support of the SCS-40 computers. MSC/Nastran is expected to be ready for use by Scientific customers by the end of the year. Scientific Computer Systems currently claims a library of some 60 programs for its machine, aimed at a broad range of industries and disciplines. The SCS-40 64-bit near-supercomputer design features an architecture that overlays vector and scalar facilities and is structured around a patented, high-speed bus structure. In addition to supporting the CTSS – the Cray Time Sharing System – operating system, the SCS-40 emulates the Cray X-MP instruction set and provides a set of vectorising Fortran 77 compilers. SCS-40 system prices start at $595,000.
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