Today Altair announced the release of the HyperWorks 12.0 computer-aided engineering platform. With new functionalities and end-user productivity advancements in product optimization, Version 12 has already received accolades from customer beta users.
The new 3D capability creates a fully-immersive environment that improves our ability to support conceptual design and analysis efforts,” said Jonathan Gabrys, Technical Fellow of The Boeing Company. “Specifically, being able to interrogate complex analysis results, such as stress fields or deflections, using 3D visualization provides an enhanced level of understanding.”
Can government-sponsored HPC successfully foster Small and Medium businesses? Over at ZD Net, Liau Yun Qing writes that ERS Industries is using HPC resources at Singapore’s A*Star Institute to slash its product development time.
Modeling and simulation helped the company cut down development time and prototyping costs. Cheong said previously it would take about 1 to 2 years to come up with a new product as it needed to build and test prototypes. Through HPC-enabled simulation and modeling, the time was cut down to 3 to 4 months, he said.
The A*STAR Computational Resource Centre (ACRC) recently doubled its capacity with 100 Teraflop IBM Blue Gene/Q supercomputer. Read the Full Story.
MSC Software Corporation has announced a new marketing partnership with Visual Collaboration Technologies to promote and distribute the VCollab family of products. Visual Collaboration Technologies provides a state of the art platform for viewing 3D geometry, FEA models and FEA Results in a rich lightweight format that is web friendly. VCollab will be offered immediately as a standalone product and will be deeply integrated into MSC Software’s SimManager, providing a means to share, collaborate and review 3D simulation data.
VCollab provides a light weight 3D way to visualize and share design and CAE information in SimManager allowing engineers to collaborate and make critical engineering decisions right from their browser,” explains Leo Kilfoy, General Manager of Simulation Process and Data Management Business Unit at MSC.
In podcast, Merle Giles from NCSA and I discuss the new Two-Day Industry Track on “HPC for Small and Medium Enterprises” at the upcoming ISC’13 conference. As part of the ISC Distinguished Speaker Series, Giles will present on the common needs of engineering and scientific research in regard to HPC.
The goal of the Industry Track is to help attendees from the industry, who often have different computing requirements than those at scientific institutions, make informed decisions about acquiring and operating HPC systems. This newly established track will focus on engineering and manufacturing in industry, especially on helping the industry improve product design and time-to-market through the use of HPC. The talks are also aimed at spurring a dialogue between users, technology companies, hardware vendors, software vendors and service providers. Small and medium Enterprises (SMEs) will be strongly represented.
ISC’13 will take place June 16-20 in Liepzig, Germany, a new city for the show.
Today Panasas announced that ATK (Alliant Techsystems, Inc.), has standardized on Panasas ActiveStor to help power its demanding research and product performance simulation processes. ATK is the world’s top producer of rocket propulsion systems and a leading supplier of military and commercial aircraft structures.
It is crucial that ATK engineers use state-of-the art systems in order to support our research and product design applications at the highest levels of performance and uptime,” said Ramesh Krishnan, senior staff engineer, engineering process and tools at ATK Aerospace. “Panasas ActiveStor speeds our design and simulation processes, saving us significant time and money.”
According to Panasas, ActiveStor delivers high performance and massive scalable capacity for ATK’s design work flows, including: combustion modeling, computational fluid dynamics, mechanical design and flight simulation, all within a single, unified global namespace. Read the Full Story.
The total cost of the core system was of the order of $3.6M. The On-Demand Supercomputing service offers a full dual socket server with 64GB of memory for about $5/hr, providing a cost-effective service for SMBs interested in leveraging high performance computing. For example, a digital content creation firm in Beijing leveraged about 100 servers as burst capacity for post-production. Their monthly cost to leverage a state of the art supercomputer was less than $20k per month. Similarly, a material science application was developed by a chemical manufacturer to study epitaxial growth. This allowed the manufacturer to optimize the process parameters for a thin-film process that would not have been cost-effective on a cloud infrastructure designed for elastic web applications.
This video describes supercomputing research by the Barcelona Supercomputer Center and the Delft University of Technology to help design a plastic sorting plant. The optimized design will be able to separate polyethylene and polypropylene, the two main types of plastic, according to their respective densities. Each year, every European throws away an average of 30 kilograms of plastic.
The objective of this contest is to award the boldest industrial HPC end-user application – we want to see how far one can take this technology in changing the present paradigms of HPC use by European industry. This competition is open to all fields of HPC and industrial sectors.
Here’s something I wish I would have had back in school. This video demonstrates how to use PartSim, a new online circuit simulator.
PartSim uses a cloud-based version of ngspice, which is an open source simulator based on Berkely’s Spice3f5 Spice engine. When we started this project, our team discussed the pros and cons of creating our own simulation engine but decided that ngspice is perfectly suited for our needs. So rather than recreate a new simulation engine (which is no small task), we are focusing our efforts around the web application itself and planning to offer improvements and feature enhancements that we can contribute back to the core ngspice project.
Unusually intelligent and accomplished ASIC physical design engineers are sought to join a New York-based interdisciplinary research group that is developing special-purpose supercomputers designed in part to fundamentally transform the process of drug discovery. The candidates we seek will have a proven track record of accomplishment and a demonstrated ability to design and implement high-performance hardware solutions based on the latest custom technologies. Successful candidates will have experience with multiple tapeouts of large high-performance chips and they will be exceptional hands-on contributors in the areas of high-performance clocking and power delivery, custom layout chip integration, and custom circuit and data path design.
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Today Terascala announced that it has joined the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) Private Sector Program to extend the development and capabilities of the Lustre files system. Terascala will provide storage hardware, engineering support, and hands-on training as a member of NCSA’s Private Sector Program, which helps companies leverage HPC to improve their modeling and simulation efforts and enhance competitiveness.
Increasingly manufacturers rely more on digital modeling and prototyping to quicken the pace of product development, and we want to be sure these tools are within reach of our partners, regardless of company size,” said Merle Giles, NCSA’s director of business and economic development. “Terascala’s membership and resource commitment will benefit digital manufacturing in the areas of high-performance throughput and parallel file system management, and we’re pleased to welcome them as a new member of the Private Sector Program.”
Terascala storage appliances are pre-configured with Lustre and remove I/O bottlenecks in simulation, analysis, and modeling environments, dramatically accelerating the time to insight for research and engineering organizations. Read the Full Story.
The Exascale Applications and Software Conference (EASC2013) has issued its Call for Abstracts. The conference will take place April 9-11, 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland and is organised by EPCC at the University of Edinburgh in association with CRESTA, NAIS and Nu-FuSE projects.
The aim of this conference is to bring together all of the stakeholders involved in solving the software challenges of the exascale – from application developers, through numerical library experts, programming model developers and integrators, to tools designers.
Invited speakers include :
Satoshi Matsuoka, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Vladimir Voevodin, Research Computing Center, Moscow State University
Bill Tang, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
George Mozdzynski, ECMWF – The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts
Peter Coveney, Centre for Computational Science at University College London
Jack Dongarra, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, University of Tennessee
Submissions are due Dec. 10, 2012. Read the Full Story.
Intelligent Light has been recognized by International Data Corporation (IDC) with their HPC Innovation Excellence Award, presented at the SC12 supercomputing industry conference. IDC acknowledged the impact of the company’s work to develop computational fluid dynamics (CFD) workflows through the study of bicycle racing wheel aerodynamics.
The HPC Innovation Excellence Award recognizes noteworthy achievements by users of high performance computing (HPC) technologies. The program’s main goals are to showcase return on investment (ROI) and scientific success stories involving HPC; to help other users better understand the benefits of adopting HPC and justify HPC investments, especially for small and medium-size businesses (SMBs); to demonstrate the value of HPC to funding bodies and politicians; and to expand public support for increased HPC investments. Read the Full Story.