Mercury Marine Rocks the Boat with Windows HPC

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If you’re into boating, you know all about Mercury Marine, makers of inboard and outboard motors. As described in this new case study, the company relies on SIMULIA Abaqus software for structural and fatigue analysis of outboard and sterndrive marine engines.

When company executives asked analysts to accelerate an upcoming project, they migrated from a loosely coupled cluster of Linux systems to an in InfiniBand cluster of IBM servers running Windows HPC Server 2008.

We’re able to achieve more realism in our simulations and more refinement in our designs,” says Arden Anderson, CAE Engineer for Mercury Marine. “As a result, we’re increasing durability, reliability, and weight optimization in our products.”

So far, the migration from Linux seems to be going well and the company’s analysts appreciate the cluster’s ease of use. “It’s so much faster and more intuitive for analysts to submit and manage their jobs, and everyone’s pleased with how efficiently Abaqus runs on the cluster,” says Paul Radavich, Manager of Mercury Marine Design Analysis Group.