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PowerFlow3D LogoDecember 07, 2021 - SURVICE Engineering Company is proud to announce our new research and development (R&D) project, Curved Ray Traversal (CRT), built on Intel® Embree ray-tracing kernel library and Intel® OSPRay’s ray-tracing API (both part of the Intel® oneAPI Rendering Toolkit). Curved Ray Traversal is at the heart of PowerFlow3D, our system for acquiring, processing, and visualizing 3D structure in experimental flows. We are also implementing and optimizing CRT utilizing Intel advanced ray-tracing technologies and oneAPI cross-architecture programming to support Intel CPUs and future Xe architecture GPUs to advance PowerFlow3D-based solutions. 

This joint work continues SURVICE’s efforts with Intel to explore innovative applications using high-performance ray-tracing—not only for visualization, but scientific computation as well. Ongoing ray-tracing centric advancements include interactive simulation and visualization of radio frequency propagation, inverse problems in industrial imaging and non-contact metrology, and synthetic data generation for training the deep neural networks that power autonomous navigation for aerial drone platforms, such as our Tactical Resupply Vehicle (TRV) being developed for the U.S. Department of Defense. 

“This research leverages the latest platform hardware and open-source oneAPI ray-tracing software from Intel with state-of-the-art advances in parallelization and code optimization to provide leap-ahead functionality for multiple applications,” says Mark Butkiewicz, vice president of Applied Engineering at SURVICE.  

“Intel advanced ray-tracing software used by PowerFlow3D, coupled with Intel hardware ray-tracing acceleration, promises dramatic simulation and visualization performance for flow simulations,” says Jim Jeffers, senior principal engineer and senior director of Intel’s Advanced Rendering and Visualization Group. “As an industry leader in HPC hardware and ray-tracing software, Intel is also committed to advancing the industry through open standards and open-source software. Working with SURVICE, we’re enabling new, ground-breaking use cases like ray-traced hardware acceleration for domain-specific compute applications like PowerFlow3D,” he added.

The CRT effort is led by Dr. Christiaan Gribble, director of HPC and principal research scientist within the Applied Technology Operation (ATO) at SURVICE. Dr. Gribble leads ATO’s HPC-related R&D initiatives and provides technical oversight for the Embedded Systems and Software Engineering teams within ATO.

To learn more about this R&D effort and related technologies, please review the following resources:

About oneAPI

oneAPI is an open, unified, and cross-architecture programming model for CPUs and accelerator architectures (GPUs, FPGAs, and others). Based on standards, the programming model simplifies software development and delivers uncompromised performance for accelerated compute without proprietary lock-in, while enabling the integration of legacy code. With oneAPI, developers can choose the best architecture for the specific problem they are trying to solve without needing to rewrite software for the next architecture and platform. 

About Intel® oneAPI Rendering Toolkit

The Intel® oneAPI Rendering Toolkit is a set of open-source libraries that enables creation of high-performance, high-fidelity, extensible, and cost-effective visualization applications and solutions. Its libraries provide rendering kernels and middleware for Intel® platforms for maximum flexibility, performance, and technical transparency. The toolkit supports Intel CPUs and future Xe architectures (GPUs). It includes the award-winning Intel® Embree, Intel® Open Image Denoise, Intel® Open Volume Kernel Library, Intel® OSPRay, Intel® OpenSWR and other components and utilities. 

About SURVICE Engineering Company

SURVICE Engineering is a nationally recognized, single-source engineering service provider for government and industry organizations involved in all phases of the systems engineering process. Our employees are our most valuable asset, and they are proud to have supported the development, testing, analysis, and modeling and simulation (M&S) of many of the major U.S. air, land, and sea combat systems in the field today. They have also contributed their expertise to other vital national defense programs and technologies that involve survivability, cybersecurity, information technology/management, software engineering, unmanned aerial systems (UASs), and metrology/reverse engineering.

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