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Open-source process simulation - DWSIM

A nineties web startup might have had to shell out $200k to license database management software from Oracle. Today, that same startup could run PostgreSQL for free, and it would be in good company. Organizations ranging from Skype, to Apple, to the US Department of Labor have adopted open-source database management systems. Could the paradigm shift for process simulation software as well? A single-seat Aspen license reportedly runs $20-50k per year, so the financial incentive is there. And while open-source applications may have yet to reach the adoption levels typical among software development tools, projects like Blender, GIMP, and FreeCAD are steadily gaining traction. DWSIM is the most

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