AdvantEdge Version 6.4

July 01, 2014

Third Wave Systems has released version 6.4 of AdvantEdge. The most notable feature of the new AdvantEdge release is flexible licensing. The current AdvantEdge licensing model limits the user to a set number of simulations that can be running at a single time. The new flex upgrade will dramatically improve simulation throughput, thus increasing engineering productivity.

Flexible Licensing allows Third Wave Systems users to consolidate their licenses into a common stockpile. This stockpile of individual licenses can be combines to run larger numbers of simulations and/or highly parallel simulations to the total license count.

The upgrade includes the following features:

• Allows user to combine total license and parallel upgrades into a common, core-counted license pool, which can be efficiently utilized to run; A large Design of Experiments (DOE — many simulations/low level of parallelization) Computationally intensive problems (few simulations/high level of parallelization); Combinations of 2D and 3D simulations

• Core-counts can be added to license in smaller increments, improving throughput.

• The upgrade works for both network and node-locked licenses

• Available for purchase and evaluation in July with AdvantEdge v6.4 release

Six milling cases were run on a 16-core PC. Each case displayed good scalability with an increasing number of cores used for parallel processing (individual cases run fastest on 16-cores). For a group of cases, improved overall throughput is achieved through fewer cores-per-simulation and running more simulations at the same time.

In terms of simulation completion, the 16-core simulations complete individual simulations faster, but use all available resources. Flexible Licensing allows the user to vary the allocation resources, which potentially frees up resources and additional cores for other simulations. Running several cases simultaneously allows for in-process comparison of results, decreasing the time it takes to make decisions.

AdvantEdge is a CAE software solution for the optimization of metal cutting. The physics-based technology applies high performance machining practices and helps control machining-induced stress and distortion.

Related Glossary Terms

  • computer-aided engineering ( CAE)

    computer-aided engineering ( CAE)

    Engineering functions performed with the help of computers and special software. Includes functions such as determining a material’s ability to withstand stresses.

  • gang cutting ( milling)

    gang cutting ( milling)

    Machining with several cutters mounted on a single arbor, generally for simultaneous cutting.

  • milling


    Machining operation in which metal or other material is removed by applying power to a rotating cutter. In vertical milling, the cutting tool is mounted vertically on the spindle. In horizontal milling, the cutting tool is mounted horizontally, either directly on the spindle or on an arbor. Horizontal milling is further broken down into conventional milling, where the cutter rotates opposite the direction of feed, or “up” into the workpiece; and climb milling, where the cutter rotates in the direction of feed, or “down” into the workpiece. Milling operations include plane or surface milling, endmilling, facemilling, angle milling, form milling and profiling.

  • parallel


    Strip or block of precision-ground stock used to elevate a workpiece, while keeping it parallel to the worktable, to prevent cutter/table contact.