OCF Builds CFD-ready Lenovo HPC Appliance

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imagesLenovo is now offering the UK’s first ANSYS CFD-ready HPC appliance designed to ease cluster deployment while boosting engineering productivity. Available through cluster integrator OCF, the plug-and-play appliance includes job scheduling software to provide engineers with an advanced structural analysis and CFD environment that is simple and quick to deploy.

We’ve come across lots of engineers using workstations and laptops to process their ANSYS CFD simulations which restrict use of their device, even for email, until the job is complete,” says Andrew Dean, HPC business development manager, OCF. “The users we speak to are also unsure when their jobs will finish – it could be after a couple of hours or half a day. The job could finish in the middle of the night when they’re unavailable to start a new action. Plus, of course, the job might even have crashed, they wouldn’t know. The appliance shifts simulation jobs off local workstations to a central resource enabling engineers to truly multi-task. The appliance, complete with job scheduler, enables maximum utilisation of the appliance with the possibility of submitting jobs 24/7.”

Each appliance comes pre-built with a fixed head node, chassis, memory, the latest Intel processors and fixed switches. Each appliance can be easily expanded to fit customer need, because they use blade architecture making it simple to add additional Lenovo NeXtScale compute nodes.

Our customers are engineering experts, but that expertise doesn’t always stretch to HPC cluster selection and deployment,” says Wim Slagter, lead product manager for HPC, at ANSYS, Inc. “We want to give our customers the best possible experience and, for that reason, we are working with OCF and Lenovo to provide our customers an ANSYS-optimised cluster solution designed for ease of procurement, deployment and operation.”

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