Comet supporting Ohio Supercomputer Center AweSim program with cloud-based SimApps

Comet SolutionsSimulation Applications (SimApps™) will be available on the cloud through a partnership with the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) via the OSC AweSim initiative, its founding partners including Kinetic Vision, and other engineering service providers. By capturing and embedding the experience of senior analysts, SimApps allow simulations to be run more easily, consistently and safely. With locally hosted versions of SimApps already delivering measurable gains in productivity, cost savings, quality and innovation for leading aerospace, automotive and industrial companies, the new cloud-based SimApps will broaden access to Comet’s technology, not only making CAE expertise accessible to all manufacturers, but also combining high-performance computing resources with SimApps for a powerful, scalable simulation solution.

The Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) characterizes its AweSim program as the world’s first comprehensive simulation-driven design solution for small to medium-sized businesses, delivering unique manufacturing-domain expertise, sophisticated simulation software, powerful computing and data storage. Comet is supporting the AweSim initiative by making its solution-specific SimApps available to AweSim subscribers in need of advanced CAE expertise.

Comet president and CEO Dan Meyer said, “In the past, access to expert simulation results was largely reserved for manufacturers with the budget and resources to support such activities. By leveraging the cloud, high-performance computing centers are bridging the gap by allowing manufacturers of all sizes to tap advanced technologies on an as-needed basis. Comet completes the picture by putting easy-to-use applications at the front end of HPC resources for a breakthrough in providing all manufacturers with expert simulation results.”

OSC Director of AweSim Dr. Alan Chalker explained, “In launching AweSim, OSC recognized the potential for cloud-based applications to transform the experience of CAE in the cloud. Comet brings to AweSim a rapid application authoring capability. It also provides truly robust applications, which can readily be used across a range of geometries, thus making Comet-based SimApps highly practical for cloud usage. BWAY Corporation is a recent example of how manufacturers are taking advantage of the world-class HPC center at OSC. Utilizing a cloud-based application, BWAY is able to submit, analyze and compare a number of design iterations to quickly identify the optimum product design before cutting steel on a mold. The company is accelerating time-to-market by employing cloud-based simulation to eliminate a number of iterations. Additionally, reducing the amount of steel cutting is generating savings of $5,000 to $40,000. We are naturally excited to be working with Comet to put expert CAE results in the hands of Ohio’s manufacturers.”

Kinetic Vision vice president Jeremy Jarrett commented, “Building and deploying SimApps in the cloud requires combining expert knowledge with engineering software and advanced computing infrastructure. Traditionally this type of development was highly complex, with long development timeframes, usually delivering difficult-to-maintain expert-only tools. Comet Solutions and AweSim provide the high-level development tools and infrastructure to efficiently build and maintain SimApps designed for a broad community of users.” Kinetic Vision develops and implements product and process technology solutions for ideation and industrial design, prototype development, product design and engineering, custom software development, first-article inspection, product visual communication and digital media creation.

Separately, Comet announced a reseller partnership with Front End Analytics (FEA) under which FEA will distribute Comet’s suite of SimApps as an independent value-added reseller. Comet vice president Steve Brown commented, “As a leading developer of intelligent solution-specific simulation apps, Front End Analytics, like Comet, delivers value in terms of accelerating product development processes and empowering innovation. Together we see an opportunity to leverage our individual and collective expertise.”

FEA managing director Juan Betts said, “Delivering leading-edge intelligent process automation apps to product development teams is a pillar of FEA’s business. Comet’s unique and novel process automation platform will allow FEA to deliver more robust and complex engineering SimApps to our customers, allowing strategic value to be realized in a matter of days and weeks as opposed to months and years.” FEA develops what it terms “Intelligent Fit-for-Purpose Apps” that automate product development processes, and is a distributor of Dassault Systèmes’ SIMULIA software suite.