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Privacy Policy

Information that we collect

We collect our information from what you supplied to us when you registered. Other information we collect happens through the use of CrunchYard’s services. This information includes:

  • Device information
    We may collect device-specific information (such as your hardware model, operating system version, unique device etc.). This is for Google analytics purposes.
  • Log information
    Activities on the website are tracked and logged for audit purposes. An IP address/s is included. Your physical simulation file is not stored with the log information.
  • Location information
    We keep track of IP addresses of users that visit the site.
  • Cookies
    Our site makes use of cookies. These cookies are used for the website to function and not used to track you when you are away from the website.

What we do with the information

We do not share the information we have about you to anyone outside of CrunchYard. The information is used internally to improve and optimise the website in order to give you a better quality experience.

We will also send you the occasional email to keep you up to date with CrunchYard’s developments. The email will provide you with the ability to unsubscribe from the newsletter.

Accessing and updating your personal information

Only some of your personal details will be accessible to you for update purposes. If you would like to update your email, contact CrunchYard in order to get it done. Your email could be tied to credits or applications that may or may not be accessible when your email changes.

Information that we share

We do not share personal information with companies, organisations and individuals outside of CrunchYard unless one of the following circumstances applies:

  • For external processing
    We provide your information to trusted websites that form part of CrunchYard’s business processes. We are guaranteed by the trusted websites that you information is secure and will stay confidential and that the necessary security measures are in place.
  • For legal reasons
    We will share personal information with companies, organisations or individuals outside CrunchYard if we have a belief in good faith that access, use, preservation or disclosure of the information is reasonably necessary to:
    • meet any applicable law, regulation, legal process or enforceable governmental request.
    • enforce applicable Terms of Service, including investigation of potential violations.
    • detect, prevent or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues.
    • protect against harm to the rights, property or safety of CrunchYard, our users or the public, as required or permitted by law.

Information security

We work hard to protect CrunchYard and our users from unauthorised access to or unauthorised alteration, disclosure or destruction of information that we hold. In particular:

  • Our website makes use of SSL and passwords are encrypted.
  • Payments happen through PayPal and no local copy of credit cards information is stored.
  • We review our information collection, storage and processing practices, including physical security measures, to guard against unauthorised access to systems.
  • We restrict access to personal information to CrunchYard employees, contractors and agents who need to know that information in order to process it for us and who are subject to strict contractual confidentiality obligations. They may be disciplined or their contract terminated if they fail to meet these obligations.


When we receive formal written complaints, we will contact the person who made the complaint. We work with the appropriate South African regulatory authorities, including local data protection authorities, to resolve any complaints regarding the transfer of personal data that we cannot resolve with our users directly.


Our policy may change from time to time. We will not reduce your rights under this policy without your explicit consent. We will post any policy changes on this page and, if the changes are significant, we will provide a more prominent notice (including, for certain services, email notification of policy changes). We will also keep prior versions of this policy in an archive for your review.

Dated : 07 June 2013

CrunchYard offers an engineering simulation service over the Internet on a pay per use basis. The service allows scientists and engineers to submit simulations via a web page that then run on a cluster.
How it works
1. Upload your model
2. Check your progress
3. Download your results
Recent News

FEKO suite version 7.0 available on CrunchYard

Feko, the comprehensive electromagnetic simulation software, has released their 7th version, and it’s available on CrunchYard. The new version adds a finite difference time domain solver (FDTD) as well as a powerful hybridization of Multilevel Fast Multipole Method and Physical Optics (MLFMM and PO). The release has been eagerly awaited and features three new import file formats (Gerber, ODB++ and 3Di). FEKO 7 is also available via FTP and scripting access on CrunchYard for advanced users.

Register an account at or email us at

CrunchYard is pleased to announce direct scripting and FTP access for advanced users.

This new service allows advanced users to interact dynamically with CrunchYard in conjunction with our easy to use web portal. Parameter variations across simulations can be scripted in your own code and submitted to CrunchYard in real time.

In additional, all FTP and scripting activity is mirrored on users personal CrunchYard profile.

FTP and scripting access is free and granted on a request basis. The new service applies to all codes on CrunchYard.

Other licensed codes are available on request.

Register an account at or contact Dr Renier Dreyer at +27 (0)11 717 6379

CrunchYard is pleased to announce their academic offering for HPC in the cloud

The academic offering allows anyone with a valid academic e-mail to instantly access the online HPC facility.

Group accounts can be created for your research group, where simulation credits are shared. Credits are valid for 2 months after purchase.

Academic accounts include access to over 300 true CPU cores, and the following simulation software:

  • FEKO
  • CP2K

Other licensed codes are available on request (such as CPMD, STAR-CCM+ etc.)

Register an account at or contact Dr Renier Dreyer at +27 (0)11 717 6379