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SVEC 2014 Open House Reception Friday, November 21, 2014

with talk on Cost-Effective Supercomputing with Highly Parallel Systems
Please RSVP:

SVEC is partnering with Paypal’s TechXploration meetup for this event. Please join the Silicon Valley Engineering Council (SVEC) at our annual Open House event Friday November 21st to share contacts, ideas and engineering camaraderie. Join us at PayPal TownHall for an exciting evening. Colleagues, friends and spouses are invited.
The event is free.

5:30pm The event begins with a networking reception and hors d’oeuvres
7:00pm The speaking program begins

Highlights of the Open House program will include:

• Networking Reception with many local engineers
• Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame 2015 Inductees Announcement
• Talk on Cost-Effective Supercomputing with Highly Parallel Systems
• Discover “E” (Engineering) Program for sending engineers to classrooms
• SVEC 2015 Scholarship Program Call for Applications
• SVEC Engineers Week Banquet February 2015 announcement

How to find us: TechXploration takes place at PayPal Town Hall (2161 North 1st Street, San Jose, CA. Map to PayPal TownHall), which is facing North First Street. It is directly across the street from the Karina Station of VTA/Light Rail in San Jose, CA.
Parking Info: All unmarked spots are up for grabs. When you pull into the campus, look for Town Hall (large building says “Town Hall” above doors, faces North First) and then park where you'd like. Please encourage your guests to register for a more fluid check-in. Please bring a photo ID.

photo of Dr. David Eimerl Cost-Effective Supercomputing with Highly Parallel Systems
Presentation by: Dr. David Eimerl, Eimex Inc. & Mark Schroeder, Perficio Micro, LLC

Today’s fast-paced, highly integrated, product development environment, demands that products be both created and tested in computer simulated environments. Finite Element Analysis (FEA), the choice for most simulations, is used for calculations of stress, heat transfer, electrostatics, electromagnetic fields, fluid mechanics, and many more topics. Accurate calculations results with fine resolution place a heavy demand on the computational resources, especially for coupled problems. Problems with fine resolution or complex temporal development can require formidable supercomputing resources, but most commercial FEA packages are not configured for massively parallel operations, are generally expensive, and none solve all problem types within the same package. Commercial FEA packages also tend to be limited in that they generally work within a shared memory server, (usually one workstation), and are not scalable to massive parallelism. Today we present a highly parallel FEA approach, which uses a combination of open source software, public domain mathematics libraries built by National Laboratories, and a variety of matrix solvers. Our approach utilizes a distributed system that fully utilizes a rack of servers that offer all their RAM and processors/threads to the ‘mother’ process (node). The parallel approach nears zero latency on even a mere Gigabit Ethernet network, thereby allowing, during a solution cycle, all hyper-threads (over all servers) to be running at close to 100% capacity, all the time. Relatively inexpensive rack servers can be stacked and networked to create a system that acts like it has thousands of GB of RAM and hundreds, if not thousands of processor cores. This scalability is linear, in that processing speed is proportional to the number of servers (RAM and processors) in the system. This approach brings immediate near-term benefits, and promises making cost-effective massively-parallel computing generally available in the commercial sector.

Bio of David Eimerl:

Location: PayPal TownHall
2161 North 1st Street, San Jose, CA
GPS: 37.376919, -121.921509
(between Charcot Ave. and Brokaw Rd.)
Map to PayPal TownHall

The Silicon Valley Engineering Council, the alliance for engineering leaders in the Silicon Valley, serves as a collective focus to support your professional engineering organization and to serve the needs of your membership and the engineering education community in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Michael Wright
SVEC President 2014-2015

Maker Camp for kids/teens
every Wednesday 2pm this summer

Elise Engelhardt is putting on a Maker Camp for kids/teens every Wednesday 2pm this summer (for six weeks). Maker Faire has donated materials including several Arduinos. If you can help with some of the workshops please sign up as a mentor here:
Or email if you just want to help with a specific topic. Elise Engelhardt at

Future Meetings:

November 21, 2014:
December 2014:
January 28, 2015:
February 19, 2015:  
March 2015:
April 22, 2015:
May 2015:
June 24, 2014:
Open House
No meeting
Full Council meeting
Engineers Week Banquet
Board of Directors meeting
Full Council Meeting
Board of Directors meeting
Full Council Meeting and Elections