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HPC Magazine Cover Story: Inside Look into HPC Cloud and the UberCloud Experiment – UberCloud HPC Experiment vu de l'intérieur

hpc-magazine-march-2014-ubercloud-articleMarch 2014 issue of HPC Magazine’s cover story provides an extensive overview and inside into the overall HPC Cloud market. The article explains what the new HPC Cloud paradigm really is, and covers the major benefits and challenges of the HPC in the Cloud movement for providers and for end users in engineering and computational sciences, the current state of the market, a cost comparison for in-house HPC versus HPC in the Cloud, and an inside look at the UberCloud HPC Experiment. Finally, multiple great examples of HPC Experiment teams which successfully completed their projects are presented. Please read further in the HPC Magazine March 2014 electronic issue. 

Will Big Data Drive HPC to the Cloud?

Jason StoweOne of UberCloud’s participants, Jason Stowe from Cycle Computing writes that the Cloud allows us the ability to access extremely large amounts of data and tap into virtually unlimited computing power. “There is a shift underway where researchers, engineers, and analysts, can change the very way they think about problems. Previously, we have been limited by the computing resources we have — the clusters we have on premise. Today, we can change the very way we ask our questions. Ask the right questions — and use the Cloud to create the size of system needed to answer your questions.”  The link to Jason’s article can be found at our media partner insightHPC HERE.

Cutting Design Costs: How Industry Leaders Benefit from Fast and Reliable CFD


With engineering managers increasingly sensitive to the cost of product design, it is no longer enough to justify engineering software based on gut feelings about its value. Managers want to see cold, hard return-on-investment numbers before they buy into any technology. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software is no exception.

This white paper from Wim Slagter, Lead Product Manager at ANSYS, Inc. discusses the major benefits of CFD simulations and presents over a dozen real-life examples of manufacturers which report enormous cost savings, accelerate time to market, optimize design and quality, understand flow parameters,and  reduce failure and downtime. The white paper can be downloaded from Desktop Engineering HERE.

Medicine in the Age of Supercomputers

Bio-IT World quotes a March 6 interview from Blomberg with Icahn Institute’s Eric Schadt about how supercomputing will change medicine: first in handling ever-increasing data sizes and second in building predictive models of disease. Eric Schadt discusses the untapped potential of data analysis in medicine, education, and elsewhere, along with the pitfalls that may lie ahead. Questions he answers are: How does supercomputing prove useful in medical research? How does that change the role of the individual doctor and the patient-doctor data relationship? Where are the shortcomings in the math that need a human touch? Should we be concerned about organizations collecting medical data for their own uses? Are there technical solutions to the privacy issues? What types of analyses have you held back for ethical reasons?

Structural FEA in the Automotive Industry

Tony Abbey in Desktop Engineering provides a closer look at some of the finite element analysis technologies involved in creating a vehicle — and the simulation Figure7_OASYS_crash3_optmethods involved. The overarching objective of all automotive manufacturers is to move predictive simulation to the early design stage. The benefits of influencing design earlier, reducing the number of design cycles and eliminating much physical testing are well understood. Target project timescales from concept to prototype definition are very aggressive within the industry, with timescales of the order of 18 months being discussed.

The article discusses Crash Simulation, Global Modeling Strategy, Brake Modeling, Tire Modeling, NVH Concerns, Engine and Powertrain, and Durability Issues in great detail. Please read further HERE.

New Manufacturing Institutes to be Led by DOD

President Barack Obama announced two new manufacturing innovation institutes led by the Defense Department and supported by a $140 million federal commitment combined with more than $320 million in private-sector commitments. One institute is a Chicago-headquartered consortium of businesses and universities which will concentrate on digital manufacturing and design technologies. “If we want to attract more good manufacturing jobs to America, we’ve got to make sure we’re on the cutting edge of new manufacturing techniques and technologies,” the president said. “I don’t want the next big job-creating discovery to come from Germany or China or Japan. I want it to be ‘Made in America.’”

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation (or DMDI)  Institute team, led by University of Illinois Labs, spearheads a consortium of more than 70 companies, universities, nonprofits, and research labs — creating a partnership between world-leading manufacturing experts and cutting-edge software companies to enable interoperability across the supply chain, develop enhanced digital capabilities to design and test new products, and reduce costs in manufacturing processes across multiple industries, officials said.

Read the full story HERE.

UberCloud TechTalk about Past, Present, and Future of Engineering Simulations


The UberCloud’s TechTalk about Engineering Simulations, Past, Present, and Future, is a two-part webinar series where Dennis Nagy, Principal of BeyondCAE discusses where the engineering simulation market has its roots, its current status and its future. Part 1 was presented on February 12th and Part 2 on February 25, 2014. The slides and video recordings are available here.


New to Finite Element Analysis?

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Here’s a guide on where to go and what to do once you’ve been introduced to the concept of finite element analysis.

In our search of great articles for you we found this article published on July 1, 2013 by Tony Abbey’s for young engineers entering their first job in the industry, often facing the initial tasks to start applying finite element analysis (FEA) to real projects. Everybody now expects you to be the company expert and to get the expensive new tools working effectively! How can you help yourself move forward in this daunting new role? Well, first off, don’t think of it as daunting. In fact, chances are you probably have had some initial exposure to FEA in college. These days, we see a lot of exciting project-based FEA training, backed up with self-teach video or other study aids to get just enough exposure to commercial analysis tools. Essential structural engineering theory is still there, but these days, linked to practical application, it is a lot more palatable. Read further here.

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