CATIA V5 Structural Analysis performs finite element analysis on large assemblies. ENOVIA DMU does digital mock-ups of products at a high level of detail, with its Navigator, Real Time Rendering, and Space Analysis modules. The software has to run on IBM's eServer pSeries systems.
The company says that running with 64 bits "brings significant performance enhancement." The examples they give are:
* Memory-intensive operations, such as structural analysis of large models, are "up to" 3x faster than the 32-bit version of the same application.
* Models being analysed can be 3x - 4x larger.
The examples show that the primary benefit to 64-bit is a larger memory address space, rather than faster CPU operation. The 64-bit software upgrade is free from DS.
3D XML for PLM
In unrelated news, Dassault Systemes also announced 3D XML for PLM -- eXtensible Markup Language for Product Lifecycle Management. It's an XML-based file format for storing and sharing 3D data. The format is based on Lattice Technology's XVL, which uses compression to reduces the size of files by 99% over "existing formats" -- whichever they might be.
DS says the new file format was "developed in conjunction with industry leaders," but fails to list any names other than Toyota. 3D XML is in DS's current line of V5R14 software: Catia, Delmia, Enovia, Smarteam, SolidWorks, and Spatial.