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With the development of an OpenFOAM CFD entry level HPC cluster, Nor-Tech just brought clusters within the reach of most scientific and research organizations.


With the development of an OpenFOAM CFD entry level HPC cluster, Nor-Tech just brought clusters within the reach of most scientific and research organizations. This is a highly scalable, cost-effective way for organizations, without the funds for a traditional cluster and recurring licensing fees, to leverage all the benefits of high performance computing.

Nor-Tech President and CEO David Bollig said, “Until now, many organizations that very much needed cluster computing power, but were on tight budgets couldn’t afford a cluster. So they would keep adding workstations as they needed more power. Now, for example, instead of buying four workstations over time, organizations can own one cluster, probably for less money, and get results 3x faster.”

Features of Nor-Tech’s new clusters include:

  • Quick return on investment
  • No recurring licensing fees
  • Integration with OpenFOAM and ParaView
  • Easy Bare Metal Recovery
  • Runs Windows or Linux
  • Quiet, runs on standard power, and has wheels–so it can be used anywhere; in an office, classroom, laboratory, etc.

Nor-Tech’s entry level clusters come bundled with time-tested, open source OpenFOAM and ParaView software that eliminates steep recurring licensing fees.

OpenFOAM is a CFD application developed primarily by ESI’s OpenCFD Ltd. It was created in the 1980s and first released in 2004. It has a large user base across most areas of engineering and science–both commercial and academic organizations. OpenFOAM includes a full array of tools that solve anything from complex fluid flows involving chemical reactions, turbulence, and heat transfer to acoustics, solid mechanics, and electromagnetics.

ParaView is a multi-platform data analysis and visualization application that was first released in 2002. Users can quickly build visualizations to analyze their data using qualitative and quantitative techniques. The data exploration can be done interactively in 3D or programmatically using ParaView’s batch processing capabilities. ParaView was developed to analyze extremely large datasets (petascale) using distributed memory computing resources.

Nor-Tech is renowned throughout the scientific and academic communities for easy to deploy turnkey clusters and expert, no wait time support. These entry-level clusters and all of the company’s technology are made by Nor-Tech in Minnesota and supported by Nor-Tech around the world.

Nor-Tech built its international reputation on the industry’s easiest-to-deploy cluster solutions and guaranteed no wait time support. The company designed and built the HPC cluster that enabled the first detection of a gravitational wave—a discovery destined to change history. In addition to HPC clusters, Nor-Tech’s custom technology includes workstations, desktops, and servers for a range of applications including CAE, CFD, and FEA. Clients include some of the most respected organizations in the world. Nor-Tech engineers average 20+ years of experience and are responsible for significant high performance computing innovations. The company has been in business since 1998 and is headquartered in Burnsville, Minn. just outside of Minneapolis. To contact Nor-Tech call 952-808-1000/toll free: 877-808-1010 or visit Full release at: