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Future Facilities releases latest CFD data centre software with mayor improvements

By Ryan Morris-Reade, Wed 12 Jan 2022

Data centre company Future Facilities has launched Release 16 of its industry-leading Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software and digital twin technology, 6SigmaDCX. 

The company says the updates will deliver improved performance, accuracy, and speed to support a broad range of data centre teams in decision-making and achieving sustainable success. It says the new 6SigmaDCX offers a range of features to enhance data centre design and operations that customers requested most. 

Some key design highlights include: 

  • Enhanced View developments, which enable users to showcase photorealistic results in reports and facilitate animation creation.
  • Improvements to the 1D Flow Network to ensure fast, detailed thermal flow analysis of the liquid and air flow routes.
  • New result views and object configurations, such as Isosurfaces, which deliver innovative ways to visualise external models and empower risk analysis at any stage of design. 
  • The ability to import BIM models directly into 6SigmaDCX for faster model creation. 
  • Performance improvements, namely Future Facilities' new backtracing method, ensure solar radiation calculations solve up to 30 times faster. 

While operations improvements include improved, customisable dashboards and charts offering new insights and opportunities for team communication and collaboration. The company says the possibility of viewing 6SigmaRoom simulation reports within 6SigmaAccess means less time is spent moving between toolsets. And there are new views, editable objects, and automation that enhance power analysis and configuration decisions.

There is also simplified model upkeep with new CAD import and exports, user interface improvements and several new automations, including creating, uploading, and solving a model and querying results through the command line using 6SigmaCommander.

"Thanks to these new features, 6SigmaDCX can better support a wide range of industry sectors," the company says. "For example, colocation data centres are empowered to operate confidently, optimise capacity utilisation, and mitigate risk." 

It says enterprise data centres get a consolidated view of the information they care about to enable decision-making. Thanks to the accelerated model build and design process, data centre consultants can meet project timelines. And vendors can focus on perfecting thermal design with equipment analysis simplified through integrations and intelligent objects. 

"The aspirational goal for Release 16 was to deliver software that satisfied the want of our customers," says Future Facilities product manager, Mark Fenton.

"We collaborated with users across all sectors to dig into the features that would make a difference in their day-to-day lives, whether that meant easier model builds, quicker solution times, automated and customisable reporting, or just the good feeling you get from using great software.

"Thanks to the dedicated input from our customers and partners around the globe, Release 16 delivers on this promise," he adds.    

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