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Video: Powered by GPUs, Altair and Oracle Accelerate CFD in the Cloud

Today Altair and Oracle announced a joint HPC Cloud solution that leverages GPU technology for exceptional CFD simulation performance. Now part of the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, the technology effectively accelerates external aerodynamics and other complex flow simulations at scale and at reasonable cost.

We are excited to expand our relationship with Oracle,” said Sam Mahalingam, Chief Technical Officer for Enterprise Solutions at Altair. “We find that access to GPU compute resources can be challenging for our customers. The integration with Oracle’s cloud platform addresses this challenge, and provides customers the ability to use GPU-based solvers in the cloud for accelerated performance without the need to purchase expensive hardware. Ultimately this leads to improved productivity, optimized resource utilization, and faster time to market.”

There is growing demand for solutions that enable increasingly more complex optimization-driven physics and flow simulations to drive decision-making and innovation. GPUs provide the ideal compute resources to handle these more strenuous workloads. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure offers fast and scalable computing, including GPU instances and best-in-class cloud storage capabilities that preclude the need to unnecessarily move large amounts of data.

Advanced CFD solvers such as Altair ultraFluidX and Altair nanoFluidX are optimized on the Oracle Cloud to provide overnight simulation results for the most complex cases on a single server. ultraFluidX provides fast prediction of the aerodynamic properties of passenger and heavy-duty vehicles, buildings and other environmental use cases. nanoFluidX predicts the flow in complex geometries with complex motion, such as oiling in powertrain systems with rotating gears and shafts, using the Smoothed-Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) simulation method. Both solvers are now available on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, and can leverage GPU instances, bringing the power of HPC to advanced CFD simulation.

The combination of Oracle’s HPC capabilities such as our cutting edge bare-metal GPU infrastructure including the recently announced GPUs, our new leading low latency RDMA network and high-performance storage options combined with Altair’s market leading CFD solvers makes this collaboration extremely compelling for large enterprises looking to optimize their product development,” said Vinay Kumar, Vice President, Product Management, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. “We’re working together with Altair to truly define what it means to run HPC workloads in the cloud, and today’s availability of HyperWorks CFD Unlimited proves this.”

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