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UberCloud announces breakthrough with application containers for ANSYS, CD-adapco, and OpenFOAM

Containers 1After 18 months of developing Docker container technology into sophisticated containers for engineering and scientific applications, UberCloud announces the availability of high performance application containers on its online UberCloud Marketplace, for ANSYS Mechanical,  Fluent, CFX,  Workbench, Icepak, EM, LS-DYNA and LS-PrePost, for CD-adapco STAR-CCM+, and for OpenFOAM, and more in the pipeline. These application containers are portable on all in-house and cloud environments and allow seamless and transparent on-demand access to applications and data, with a look and feel identical to your workstation. Read the full announcement on HPCwire.

See short Youtube demos for ANSYS and for CD-adapco. Upload four brand-new case studies about using these application containers in the cloud HEREand visit the ANSYS, CD-adapco, and OpenFOAM stores on the UberCloud Marketplace  HERE.

Should enterprises join the rush to use Docker’s container software?

Docker Docker’s brand of container software has tech giants buzzing. What’s all the fuss about and should enterprises pounce? Why are the likes of Google, IBM, Amazon and Microsoft, as well as non-tech firms and big banks, signing up for what The New York Times describes as “a new way to create software,” facilitated by Docker’s brand of container technology? This excellent article explains how Docker works, summarizes the major advantages (especially compared with Virtual Machines) and critically explores the (still existing) weaknesses. “The age of the customer is all about speed. Faster time to market, more frequent software releases, automated server deployments, instant cloud scaling — anything that removes friction from the [application development] process is hot as we move into 2015,” Read the complete article HERE.

New Cloud-Based Offering From Exa For Simulation-Driven Design

BURLINGTON, Mass., Jan. 14, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Exa Corporation, a leading innovator of simulation software for product engineering, today launched ExaCLOUD™, providing customers access to the company’s full suite of simulation products – running in a scalable, secure, high-performance computing (HPC) environment through a web interface. ExaCLOUD provides complete access to a sophisticated simulation environment – offering existing customers a way to handle peak demands, and engineering companies of all sizes immediate access to powerful simulation technology without having to invest in costly infrastructure. Read more information HERE.

CD-adapco: Why We Changed Our CAE Licensing


CD-adapco’s executive VP Bill Clark explains in Desktop Engineering why the company refashioned its simulation software licensing approach. the introduction of two distinct licensing approaches: Power Session and Power Token. Clark observed, “I think everybody recognizes that traditional licensing has to go away. It doesn’t make a lot of sense. A large majority of our customers have migrated away from that old single seat-plus-HPC setup.” The new sessions are specifically designed to address the customers’ increased use of high-performance computing (HPC) to run complex simulation jobs. CD-adapco introduced Power Session in 2010 and the Power Tokens in 2013. The company also offers Power on Demand, a SaaS-style usage-based model which is perfectly suited for running STAR CCM+ in the Cloud, on demand. – See more details HERE.

Amazon Introduces New Amazon EC2 Container Service

Amazon offers $500 AWS credit

Amazon EC2 Container Service is a highly scalable, high performance container management service that supports Docker containers (which also power the UberCloud Marketplace) and allows you to easily run distributed applications on a managed cluster of Amazon EC2 instances. Amazon EC2 Container Service lets you launch and stop container-enabled applications with simple API calls, allows you to query the state of your cluster from a centralized service, and gives you access to features like security groups, EBS volumes and IAM roles. Amazon EC2 Container Service eliminates the need to operate your own cluster management and configuration management systems or worry about scaling your management infrastructure.

Thomas Goepel on HP Helion Self-Service HPC

goepel_lmn_hpc_tcm245-1704090In this video, Thomas Goepel and Lisa-Marie Namphy from HP describe how the HP Helion Self-Service HPC solution makes high performance computing resources easy to access so more staff can accelerate innovation design, development and analysis. “HP Helion Self-Service HPC is an integrated, full solution reference architecture of components tested and ready for deployment as shown below that work together to provide the capabilities and value of the solution. The components of the solution are kept modular to enable you to tailor the solution to your specific needs. As you can see, the solution can be applied easily to your needs in either implementing a new HP Helion Self-Service HPC solution from the infrastructure up or extending existing HPC system infrastructure and management by adding the cloud automation and management components and virtualization pieces if desired.”

Clearing skies: Is the ‘Cloud’ getting safer?


In the recent Technology Spectator Michael Swinson, senior associate at law firm King & Wood Mallesons, writes: “Cloud vendors have a very strong incentive to properly secure the data that is stored on their networks. They know that any security lapse will damage their market reputation and may have a direct impact on their revenue. As specialists in their field, it is not unreasonable to expect that they will be in a better position to defend their networks against hacking attacks than prospective customers who have no special data security competency.” Read the full article HERE.

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