NCSA Relies on HPC to Help Manufacturers Gain a Competitive Edge

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NCSA National Center for Supercomputing ApplicationsThe National Center for Super Computing Applications (NCSA) Private Sector Program has built a readily accessible, HPC system to help manufacturing and engineering companies increase their competitiveness.

This is the third article in a series on the role of HPC in manufacturing. Download the complete insideHPC Guide to HPC in Manufacturing.

The organization manages several supercomputing resources, including the iForge HPC cluster based on Dell and Intel technologies, to help solve industry’s most demanding engineering and science problems. NCSA’s client list reads like a Who’s Who of Tier One manufacturers including Boeing, Caterpillar, GE, Rolls -Royce an other Fortune 50 companies.

iForge, along with NCSA’s expertise, provides a number benefits including:

  • Helps industry customers solve finite element analysis and computational fluid dynamics problems with its HPC cluster
  • Large memory nodes perform 53 percent faster on demanding simulations
  • Provides benchmarking so users can predict performance and scalability benefits of larger software licenses
  • Maintains high reliability and availability
  • Performs live upgrades without disrupting partner projects

Says Evan Burness, program manager for the NCSA PSP, “iForge is the most reliable HPC system NCSA has ever had, and a big part of that is the technologies we’re getting from Dell and Intel. That gives us the confidence to upgrade faster than we would otherwise.”

Next week we’ll examine how a team of manufacturing designers used HPC to designing a new class of racing boat. If you prefer you can download the entire insideHPC Guide to HPC in Manufacturing courtesy of Dell and Intel.