BuildWind performs numerical simulations using a computation cluster based on Intel Xeon E5-2630 v3 and v4. Submitted jobs can use up to 200 cores and 600 GB of RAM. Data are constantly backed up via ZFS RAIDZ2. When necessary, the computation cluster is also used for the creation of accurate meshes, the heavy elaboration of data resulting from the numerical simulation and the final rendering.
For more affordable processes, BuildWind is also equipped with HP-Z600 workstations based on 2 Intel Xeon X5660 (6 cores each), 48 GB of RAM, and the NVidia Quadro 4000.
BuildWind simulation software is based on OpenFOAM. OpenFOAM is an open-source computational suite that allows performing any kind of thermal and fluid dynamics simulation.
In order to increase computational speed and accuracy, BuildWind engineers adapted, tuned and extended the OpenFOAM original code to better satisfy the specific needs of architectural aerodynamic simulation.