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Democratizing thermal modeling with a cloud-based simulation app

This test project for high-performance computing (HPC) in the cloud was designed to explore how cloud HPC resources can help to speed up and enable high-performance finite element simulations carried out with COMSOL Multiphysics and COMSOL Server. The objective was to find out how HPC cloud providers can augment engineering organizations’ on-premise hardware to allow for more detailed and faster simulations. Continue reading

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The heating/cooling sleeve around the reactor is thin. The image shows surface temperature of the fluid at the end of the heating phase of the thermal cycle (scale colormap). The swirling flow from the bottom right inlet to the upper left outlet is clearly visible. Source: ForCES and UberCloud

Cloud HPC makes simulation-driven design optimization more accessible

A new wave of young, visionary organizations and initiatives is making the power of cloud HPC (high-performance computing) resources readily available and accessible to engineering simulation and optimization software users–including many who could never before afford anything close to the full computing horsepower they needed and wanted to run those applications. Continue reading

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Rescale’s SaaS web-based workflow is designed to be easy to use, and includes pre/post-processing and remote desktop features. Source: Rescale. (Click image to enlarge.)
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Automotive engineering firm Carlsson Autotechnik GmbH used SimScale’s pay-as-you-go model to apply fluid flow simulation in aerodynamic development, a capability previously affordable only to Formula One racing teams and major auto OEMs. Source: Carlsson and SimScale
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UberCloud Experiment 187: CFD analysis of automotive V6 intake manifold using an UberCloud software container with STAR-CCM+ in the Azure Cloud. Left: manifold geometry. Right: velocity streamlines from CFD simulation. Source: CAE Technology Inc. and UberCloud
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Tractor-trailer aerodynamic drag analysis executed on AweSim platform. Source: AweSim

Democratizing CAE: Mini-symposium within NAFEMS 2016 Americas

2016-americas-slideDemocratizing CAE will be the focus of an extensive mini-symposium within the NAFEMS 2016 Americas Conference taking place June 7-9 in Seattle. Building on last year’s pathbreaking Democratizing CAE webinar series hosted by NAFEMS Americas—itself a follow-on from a seminal forum on the topic at the 2015 NAFEMS World Congress—the mini-symposium will feature a rich array of proof-point case studies showing how engineering organizations across a wide range of industries are putting democratized CAE into practice today (click session titles to view presentation abstracts): Continue reading

CAE-focused cloud HPC initiatives a boon to simulation users

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The Ohio Supercomputer Center partnered with GE Global Research Center to convert GE’s welding simulation methodology into an online app. Source: Ohio Supercomputer Center

Engineers who rely on simulation and analysis software have long been frustrated by constrained availability of HPC (high-performance computing) resources to run their complex, computationally demanding applications.

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STAR-CCM+ on Rescale platform. Source: Rescale

Expensive on-premise hardware was often hard to justify based on sporadic or infrequent usage that fluctuates with project workloads, while leasing time from supercomputing centers could likewise be an exorbitant proposition.

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Simulation results analysis in SimScale. Source: SimScale
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UberCloud Experiment “Natural and Forced Convection and Thermal Management of Electronics” executed on SimScale platform. Source: UberCloud

But the explosive growth of commodity cloud computing in the past handful of years has completely rewritten this equation, making ultra-high-end computing power accessible and affordable for even the smallest engineering groups today. Continue reading