Letter from the Editor
"It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err."
-Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)
Even a brief exposure to national and international news is enough to generate a feeling of despair that nothing is working as it used to, everything is slowing down and there are no clear remedies. To compound this we have to deal with election time in which we are told all the bad things about the candidates and their platforms, but very little about how they will make our lives better.
Well, here we offer a short respite of news that can make your life better. You will find how simulations can save you money and time without sacrificing physical accuracy (see the winning entry from the Flow Science Simulation Contest) or help you reduce your work load by automating the generation of shell molds (see the Hints and Tips article) and more generally how to get more done in a shorter amount of time using parallel processing (see the article on the new shared-memory developments and the announcement of the release of the distributed memory program, FLOW-3D/MP v4.1).
There are no answers here for the big global problems, but solving little problems one at a time can make you feel good. Read on and see if you can’t find an idea or two that will put you in a feel-good state.