Robin Knowles has been doing CFD for longer than he’ll admit. He’s become well known for his newsletter which delivers weekly tips and tricks for using OpenFOAM, and increasingly OpenFOAM on AWS.

Rob stopped by Tech Shorts to help us understand what it is about this magic combination that’s allowed him to build a business and career, and - most importantly - which has democratized this amazing resource that’s used in almost every industrial segment now.

You can find Robin, and his newletter at

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00:20 - Storage and data 02:40 - On demand computing as a new idea 04:06 - Milestones that marked big changes 05:53 - Experimenting with AWS