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DEADLINE December 08: Dubrovnik in March: CAE in the Cloud

DubrovnikOrganized by The UberCloud, this engineering cloud session is part of the International Conference on Parallel, Distributed, Grid and Cloud Computing for Engineering, PARENG 2014, taking place in beautiful Dubrovnik, Croatia, 24-27 March 2015. Engineering includes aeronautical, civil, mechanical, electrical, materials, bioengineering, geo-technical, structural and environmental fields. Please see announcement and call for papers HERE. Deadline for paper submission for this special engineering cloud session is December 8, 2014.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR VOTE – The UberCloud Receives Top Honors in 2014 HPCwire Readers Choice Award

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New Orleans, LA — November 17, 2014 —The UberCloud has been recognized in the annual HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards, presented at the 2014 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC14), in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The list of winners were revealed at the HPCwire booth at the event, and on the HPCwire website  http://www.hpcwire.com/2014-hpcwire-readers-choice-awards/9/. The UberCloud was recognized with the two honors:  Readers’ and Editors’ Choice – Best Use of HPC in the Cloud: The UberCloud Project for helping bring HPC to the wider masses. More details see HERE and our announcement on HPCwire HERE. Photo: Tom Tabor presenting the HPCwire Awards to Wolfgang Gentzsch, President of the UberCloud; Burak Yenier, CEO, UberCloud; and Rajeeb Hazra, VP Intel Architecture Group.

Ozen Engineering Announces OzenCloud and Free ANSYS Cloud Trial Period

Ozen CloudNovember 26, 2014 – Our UberCloud partner Ozen Engineering Inc. in Sunnyvale, CA, today announced OzenCloud to complement their offerings to those customers who are interested in running simulations in the cloud. OzenCloud will dramatically expand the simulation capabilities with unlimited number of cores, huge storage capacity supporting ANSYS and other partners’ product portfolios. OzenCloud – powered by UberCloud – is a perfect platform for customers who are concerned about surge capacity and compute resources or have a short term project but do not wish to commit to a license purchase. Ozen Engineering, Inc. offers a 1-week demo license of any ANSYS product on the OzenCloud on up to 16 processor cores for the trial period! Customers can pre-process, run simulations and post process results on the Cloud seamlessly! This exclusive offer will end February 28th, 2015!

Time to Reengineer CAE Licensing: Pay Per Core, Per Job, or On Demand?

siemens-cae-symposium-2014At the recent Siemens CAE & Test Symposium (October 22-23), after the relative calm of customer presentations, the evening reached its peak in one of the staterooms during the Meet and Greet that brought together users and analysts. The conversation topic was Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) in the cloud. The inevitable question came up: Do current software licensing methods impede cloud-driven CAE? Roughly 30 minutes before cocktail reception, the exchanges showed no sign of dissipation. Those assembled were still busy trading arguments and counterarguments. Comments flew from Port to Starboard. The crowd was a microcosm of the CAE industry, and the debate seems long overdue. – See more HERE.

A Map to CAE Simulation on the Cloud

2014July_SaaS_Autodesk_opt_620Back in July Kenneth Wong from Desktop Engineering published a great overview on the current CAE Cloud landscape and looked at several CAE Cloud service providers which I only discovered now (shame!). But I still mention it here because the article is really interesting and provides a nice picture of the current landscape and benefits of CAE in the Cloud, looking at providers like Altair, Autodesk, CD-adapco, Ciespace, ESI, OpenFOAM Foundation, Rescale, and SimScale. Please read the article HERE.

Testing Simulation with Cloud Computing

Team 142 - 1The UberCloud experiment #142 published an article about their “Virtual Testing of Severe Service Control Valve” in Desktop Engineering. Flow control valve specifications include performance ratings for a valve to be properly applied in fluid management systems. Valve performance ratings provide information to the system designer that can be used to optimize control system response which requires hundreds of simulations to verify and optimize. In this UberCloud experiment, the cloud was used to complete several sweeps of simulations to characterize the performance of this valve in various operating conditions. Rather than solving these simulations sequentially, as would be done with a typical license and hardware setup, most of the simulations were solved in parallel in the cloud to maximize throughput and allow studies of various conditions and geometries. That way, the end-user was able to speed-up the process by a factor of 30. Read the entire  article HERE.

The UberCloud Experiment Shows Why #HPCMatters

AdaptiveIn his recent blog, Trev Harmon, Principle Solutions Strategist at Adaptive Computing, inspired by the slogan of this year’s Supercomputing Conference in new Orleans: #HPCMatters, looks at the different flavors of High Performance Computing: on one end the Top500 fastest high-end supercomputers, and on the other end high performance computing on your desk, because #HPCMatters there, as well. And as an example Trev presents a quick look at the UberCloud Experiment which is “basically an experiment to understand how cloud can be better utilized for HPC work.” Read Trev’s interesting blog HERE.

StartupHPC – to Start Up – HPC ?

HP Garage that spawned Silicon Valley

This recent HPCwire Feature Story invites our community members to the StartupHPC Forum focused on HPC entrepreneurship and on how to become an entrepreneur. It is held on Monday Nov. 17th in New Orleans, where Supercomputing 2014 is held this year. The recently founded StartupHPC is a grass roots community for STEM- and HPC-inspired entrepreneurs, corporations, VCs, government agencies, and support organizations.

In this Feature Story, UberCloud’s Wolfgang Gentzsch discusses HPC in the Cloud as it will become a driving force in the democratization of High Performance Computing for the Masses. Read the article HERE.

Why Did Docker Catch on Quickly and Why is it so Interesting?


The UberCloud uses Docker containers for packaging and shipping software, data, and tools across distributed computing platforms and for enabling on-demand and controlled access to applications and data in the cloud. Now, Adrian Cockcroft, technology fellow at Battery Ventures, is providing a great analysis on why Docker has rapidly become “the new thing” for computing in 2014. Why did that happen so quickly, and how has a Linux application container become so popular? The rapid adoption rate took everyone by surprise, and everyone is having to cooperate around one single container solution. This is great for developers and end users. See his very interesting article HERE.

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