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Design Insights: The Possibilities of SPE; Supercomputing for Everyone

May 13, 2021
A review of the day’s top trending stories from Machine Design editors.

The Possibilities of SPE

Even in an increasingly wireless world, the emergence of Single-Pair Ethernet (SPE) is one breakthrough that has helped manufacturers overcome many of the limitations of wireless while improving data security.

As Machine Design has reported, SPE allows the barrier-free transmission of data via Ethernet over just one pair of cables. It’s an asset to IIoT adoption because of its light weight and lower cost compared with traditional Ethernet.

A new MD e-book sponsored by Harting looks at a number of issues related to SPE, including:

  • Basic terms and the functionality of SPE.
  • Why SPE is perfect for IIOT and Industry 4.0.
  • The advantages SPE offers for industrial applications.
  • Which new industry standards will be important?

Download the e-book here.

Supercomputing for Everyone

Supercomputers hold the potential to quickly solve large, complex problems. But the cost of owning one is prohibitive and using them requires a comprehensive knowledge of advanced modeling and simulation techniques.

As Machine Design reported this week, the U.S. Department of Energy is giving some U.S. companies access to its world-class computing resources and technical expertise through High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation, a program that uses high-performance computing to solve development problems.

One example of this collaborative effort: Optimizing manufacturing processes. 3M turned to Argonne for help in leveraging machine learning and computational fluid dynamics to improve a fiber spinning process used in making filters, fabrics and insulation. The collaborative effort reduced the amount of energy used in making these materials.

Companies interested in working with Argonne should contact the firm via email.

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