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Summary from Primeur Live! about the ISC High Performance Conference 2017 in Frankfurt

PrimeurIf you (had to) miss this years ISC High Performance Conference in Frankfurt, just follow the numerous well researched and most comprehensive live reports from Leslie Versweyveld and Ad Emmen from Primeur Magazine. They are presenting short summaries from major talks, projects, clouds & grids, hardware, middleware, applications, the TOP500 supercomputers, company news, quantum computing, and exascale progress, HERE.

High Performance Computing is Poised For Big Changes, Top To Bottom

Top500 2017If you want to read a quick in-depth analysis of the 500 largest supercomputers in the world and where is High Performance Computing (HPC) is heading to, this is the article to read. There is a lot of change coming down the pike in the HPC arena, but it has not happened as yet and that is reflected in the current Top 500 rankings of supercomputers in the world. But the June 2017 list gives a glimpse into the future, which will be as diverse and contentious from an architectural standpoint as in the past. No one architecture is winning and taking all, and many different architectures are getting a piece of the budget action. This means HPC is a healthy and vibrant ecosystem. Read this very interesting analysis from Timothy Prickett Morgan in TheNextPlatform HERE

NAFEMS World Congress 2017 Tackles the Big Issues in Simulation and Analysis

Stockholm smallYou couldn’t make it to the NAFEMS World Congress in Stockholm June 11-14 ? O.k. so you missed Stockholm in Summer, what a pity, but you don’t have to miss the excellent summary from Jamie Gooch from Digital Engineering. More than 600 attendees from 34 different countries had the opportunity to attend hundreds of sessions that covered everything from simulation of additive manufacturing to stochastics and cloud computing. With so many sessions, the organization focused the keynotes on addressing eight big issues: Simulation Governance; Democratization; Certification by Simulation; Systems Simulation; Simulation Data Management Implementation; Manufacturing Process Simulation; High-Performance Computing; and Simulation and Additive Manufacturing. Jamie discusses a few of these topics in his article in detail.

Porting and scaling engineering applications in the cloud

Porting Scenarios smallCloud adoption in engineering is still in its early phase simply because of the complexity of many engineering applications and their demanding high-performance computing (HPC) resource requirements. While in the first phase of HPC Cloud about five years ago engineering and scientific applications have been ported to mainstream (enterprise) cloud resources, in the second phase today several cloud providers offer dedicated HPC Cloud environments built especially for performance hungry engineering simulations. In this presentation for the ISC High Performance Conference last week in Frankfurt we present examples of real engineering applications in the cloud and discuss portability and scalability issues and their solutions. We also offer 10 Guidelines for porting your application software to the HPC Cloud. See the presentation slides HERE.

The High Performance Data Analytics Buzz in Engineering

Big Data 150Big Data is no longer a vague term: Be it automotive engineering with an incredible number of FEA visualizations. Or data generated from 3D prints. Or all of the information the Internet of Things (IoT) will give us?  Or the thousands of parts and assemblies in manufacturers’ inventory, not knowing how many are duplicates, how many are outdated, how many were never actually used in creating a product.  All of these views describe the state of engineering today: Terabytes of data are being generated and everyone wants it to become useful information. The solution is called high-performance data analytics (HPDA). Read how high performance computing clusters can help in this Digital Engineering article from Randall Newton. He also mentions that “New software vendors like UberCloud are coming to market with solutions that bridge the gap between existing HPC systems and cloud engineering, with “containers” that make installation and use of the leading simulation products a simple process.”

Cloud Computing Hits a Tipping Point

Cloud Tipping PointCloud computing is now established as the default choice for application deployment. More important, the IT disciplines that accompany application design and operation are now cloud-centric. This means application architects assume infrastructure transience, horizontal scaling, and topology partitioning (microservices). It means operations groups recognize DevOps is table stakes, now that infrastructure availability is measured in seconds or minutes, not weeks or months. And it means that IT groups are using services rather than implementing components, e.g., Redshift rather than Teradata. They want the function, not the support. In short, cloud has won the hearts and minds of IT users. The significance of this tipping point is profound. It will destroy the legacy data center-focused vendors. Read Bernard Golden’s strong arguments for cloud computing in general in his blog HERE.

Cloud-based CAE software is transforming the design and engineering industry

Simscale for June 2017No other industry benefits more from the rise of cloud computing than that of digital engineering, where simulation and model validation technology can typically rack up five-figure costs because of their highly-specialized nature. Thanks to the cloud, design teams can now access their tools and collaborate with their teams via a single platform, entering public information repositories across the Web to help them make informed decisions at the preliminary design stage. Here, designers and engineers have hundreds of integrations at their disposal, allowing them to personalize their workflow and support their innovations, while reducing vulnerability to hacker incursions. Cloud-based software has also drastically reduced the cost of capital that typically prevents SMEs from competing with larger corporations. The rise of cloud-based CAE software has shifted the needle on the size of current players in the market. We now progressively see smaller, more niche companies coming into play. Read the full article HERE.

How Cloud Computing Can Shape the Pharmaceutical Industry

RoryAccording to PwC’s ‘From vision to decision Pharma 2020’ report, productivity in the pharmaceutical sector faces a bleak future. The processes organizations use to discover and develop new products remain the same, innovation has declined and regulations are becoming more onerous while market conditions are getting harsher with global healthcare costs rising. From 2005 – 2011 the annual average cost per approved molecule was $4.2 billion – 50% more than the previous five years. Changing the discovery and development process will be essential in shaping the pharmaceutical sector and in addressing some of its key challenges – cloud computing can facilitate faster innovation. But pharma organizations have been late to adopt cloud-based technologies and this has led to them managing large complex on-premise software. Read the article of IDBS Solutions Consultant Rory Quinn in Scientific Computing HERE.

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