Microsoft to Deliver Keynote Address at COMSOL Conference


COMSOL Inc., the developer of the industry-leading COMSOL Multiphysics simulation environment, announces that Tom Quinn, Microsoft Windows HPC Server Account Manager, will deliver a keynote address during the 6th annual COMSOL Conference in Boston, MA, October 7-9. Quinn, who joins a distinguished roster of keynote speakers from some of the world's foremost engineering and scientific technology companies and research institutions, will speak on the computational challenges of advanced modeling and simulation then describe solutions to this challenge as well as significant trends within technical computing across client, cluster, and cloud computing.

“We are delighted that Microsoft will be delivering a keynote address at this year's COMSOL Conference in Boston,” says Yeswanth Rao, Conference Program Committee Chairman. “The boundless capability of distributed computing power available through clustered nodes and cloud computing is an ideal platform for the COMSOL multi-disciplinary engineering and scientific analysis environment. We developed COMSOL Multiphysics from its beginning to use Microsoft's technology. That Microsoft recognizes our role and the importance of COMSOL users both now and into the future of engineering and scientific analysis is a remarkable compliment.”

“Every day, the engineers and scientists using COMSOL push the limits of computational horsepower to solve some of industry’s most challenging modeling and simulation tasks,” comments Mutlu Kurtoglu, a Group Product Manager at Microsoft Corporation. “The COMSOL Conference is a great opportunity for Microsoft to engage with the power users and present how technical computing is going mainstream across client, cluster, and cloud. Microsoft’s investments in technical computing and training through the Earn Train Learn program will help vastly improve the raw computational power available to engineers and scientists.”

A focus on learning through hands-on minicourses

The COMSOL Conference is known as a premier global event for engineers and scientists leveraging multiphysics modeling and simulation to innovate the future. The 2010 Boston Conference enhances that reputation by offering attendees more than 150 user presentations as well 20 minicourses. The delegates presenting their work at the conference come from all manners of manufacturing and research, and their presentation topics represent a broad spectrum of disciplines: Acoustics, bioengineering, CFD (computational fluid dynamics), chemical reactions, heat transfer, electromagnetic fields, structural analysis, MEMS (micro-electromechanical systems), microfluidics, optics, and piezoelectric devices. “We are seeing a huge upswell in interest from individual users wanting to present technical reports at the confernce,” comments Rao. “Receiving recognition from this multiphysics-oriented forum has become a notable career event. Your presentation in the conference proceedings alone means that it reaches more than 100,000 engineers and scientists worldwide. The COMSOL Conference is a truly creative atmosphere with the sharing of ideas and learning about new technology at its core.”

Minicourses are a unique and popular element of the three-day event. Attendees are encouraged to bring their laptops to minicourses, install the free, time-limited version of COMSOL Multiphysics they receive in their welcome package, and then use the latest version of the software to get the most out of their minicourse learning experience.

This year, minicourse topics range from an introduction to COMSOL Multiphysics to such advanced focus areas as AC/DC and magnetic modeling, analyzing batteries and fuel cells, fluid structure interactions, and plasma physics. Available minicourses also teach attendees how they can use COMSOL's LiveLink associative connection with Autodesk Inventor®, MATLAB®, Pro/ENGINEER®, and SolidWorks® to increase their productivity. One interactive course this year will demonstrate how to use the SpaceClaim® 3D direct modeler to create 3D concept models for upfront COMSOL multiphysics analysis.

Keynotes share how multiphysics simulation helps them solve today’s design challenges

In addition to Tom Quinn's keynote address other Microsoft experts will present a suite of technical sessions introducing Microsoft Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 to conference attendees. Demonstrations will show attendees how to harness massive technical computing capacities across clients, clusters, and the cloud. Another practical, hands-on minicourse will explain how to set up and deploy multiphysics simulations on compute clusters using Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 and COMSOL. At the Microsoft exhibition booth conference attendees will be able to get a jump start on using simulation tools for compute clusters. All attendees will also be presented with the Runs on Windows HPC Server ( program for Microsoft software, and they will learn about COMSOL's unique licensing program that allows them to distribute their simulations across any number of compute nodes at no additional cost.

Joining Microsoft as keynote speakers will be some of the top engineering and scientific researchers from Panasonic, OSRAM Sylvania, U.S. Army, Louisiana State University, and COMSOL. OSRAM Sylvania's Dr. Thomas Dreeben will discuss how multiphysics modeling is helping to develop a light bulb that reduces energy consumption by 50% by controlling the arc in high-intensity discharge lamps. Dr. Mihan McKenna from U.S. Army Engineer Research & Development Center will speak about geophysics applications, while PhD and MD Steven Conrad shares his work in medicine and biology. Dr. Yosuke Mizuyama, a Lead Engineer at Panasonic Boston Laboratory, will demonstrate the use of finite element simulation for electronics design. In his keynote address Svante Littmarck, President and CEO of COMSOL, will unveil amazing new tools for developing custom physics interfaces.

“The conference is a perfect opportunity to learn from colleagues throughout industry and academia how simulation and modeling technology is leveraged every day for innovative designs that will become the products that define all of our futures,” says COMSOL's Rao. “This year's annual poster session alone will showcase more than 60 exciting projects from a wide and diverse array of industries and research. Attendees – and that means all of us at the program committee and sponsoring organizations too – are always amazed to discover novel applications of COMSOL and to see first-hand the advances in engineering and scientific research made possible by the use of multiphysics analysis.”

The COMSOL Conference runs from October 7-9 at the Boston-Newton Marriott. For complete details, go to

The COMSOL Conference principal sponsors are AltaSim Technologies, MatWeb, Microsoft, and SpaceClaim Corporation.  Other sponsors include Advanced Magnet Lab, ESTECO, Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Pryor Knowledge Systems, and The MathWorks. Media sponsors include NASA Tech Briefs, Design News, Design World, Microwave Journal, Physics World,  Desktop Engineering, Machine Design, and  World Scientific Publishing.

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