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Cloud Provider CPU24/7 joins UberCloud Marketplace with OpenFOAM Solution

OpenFOAM-CPU logo 2Berlin, Germany, October 15, 2014 – CPU 24/7, specialized in providing scalable HPC as a Service for applications related to CAE, and the UberCloud computing marketplace for engineers, announced the development of Cloud-enabled CPU 24/7 solutions for the UberCloud Marketplace. The announcement was shared last week at the 2nd OpenFOAM user conference in Berlin, an event organized by ESI-OpenCFD, bringing together the creators and the users of OpenFOAM. See the full announcement HERE.

Looking Back at ISC Cloud: Make the Cloud Easier to Use

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Tom Wilkie from Scientific Computing World published an excellent series of three articles about the ISC Cloud Conference September 29 and 30 in Heidelberg Germany. The three articles are titled A foggy future for cloud computing?, The cloud of unknowing, and Make the cloud easier to use. His conclusions: computing in the cloud could be seductive for scientists and engineers, but in his first report he finds that there are still problems to be overcome. In his second report he considers best practice and software licences for cloud computing. And in his third report he notes that HPC is sometimes perceived as difficult to use by scientists and engineers, and that the same issue affects uptake of cloud computing.

Techila Technologies: Better ROI and TCO with ANSYS in the Cloud

TechilaOctober 09, 2014 – UberCloud partner Techila Technologies and Cargotec‘s MacGregor published a report, which shows how to optimize the cost of ANSYS HPC system ownership with cloud services integrated to the enterprise IT. This report looks at computing clouds as a platform for engineering simulation, and how to manage the software license costs related to ANSYS computing. The Techila Technologies and MacGregor study compares the performance and TCO of a traditional datacenter solution and the ANSYS TCO in the leading public computing clouds Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Compute Engine. The study shows that there are scenarios where ANSYS users can improve the TCO of their HPC systems by integrating cloud services to their enterprise IT. Download the full report here.

4th International Conference on Parallel, Distributed, Grid and Cloud Computing for Engineering

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The conference will take place in Dubrovnik, Croatia, 24-27 March 2015 and consider mathematical, computer science and engineering developments that impact on the use of HPC in engineering analysis, design, and simulation. Engineering is interpreted in its widest sense to include aeronautical, civil, mechanical, electrical, materials, bioengineering, geotechnical, structural and environmental fields. Please see announcement and call for papers HERE.

Six Myths of High-Performance Computing (Part 2)

Wim SlagterIn the first part of this two-part post about high-performance computing, Wim Slagter from ANSYS already addressed three commonly-held myths associated with HPC: High-Performance Computing is available on supercomputers only; HPC is only useful for CFD simulations; and “I don’t need HPC – my job is running fast enough”. Now in this second part Wim addresses three myths that are related to particular concerns about HPC adoption, namely: without internal IT support, HPC cluster adoption is undoable; parallel scalability is all about the same, right?; and HPC software and hardware are relative expensive. See Wim’s Part 2 HERE.

You Can Benefit from NAFEMS Survey of Engineering Simulation

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How many firms are using Cloud Computing? Is the use of High Performance Technical Computing in engineering simulation set to grow in the next 5 years? Will Tablet PCs be powerful enough to run my application? What do my competitors, customers and suppliers think? These are typical questions asked by the community. Wouldn’t it be great if we could take a snapshot of the type of computing platform we’re using today and also predict where we will be in the next 5 years? NAFEMS and EESI have put together a 5-minute survey. And as a participant, you will be able to receive an electronic copy of the results. Please click HERE to complete the survey.

Engineering Workstation, Cluster or Cloud?

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Even in the last few years, high-performance engineering computation (HPC) was a relatively straightforward proposition: You got the fastest workstations you could afford. You ran parts of your work locally, or ran an analysis at low fidelity. For final work, you sent your job to a cluster for the best balance of turnaround time and fidelity of results. Because of all the available options today, though, setting up an HPC platform can become an expensive and time-consuming process. Today, the cloud is increasingly becoming the wild card in the design process. There is the potential to rent time with your favorite CAE or analysis tool, and perform your work faster and less expensively than if the software and hardware were on-premises. In this article, Desktop Engineering contributing editor Peter Varhol discusses all three options: workstations, cluster, and cloud.

StartupHPC Meetup at SC14 Beefs Up Agenda

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The upcoming StartupHPC Meetup on “Lessons from Startups and Big Companies” features two keynote speakers Adrian Cockcroft of Battery Ventures, and Thomas Thurston of WR Hambrecht & Co and Growth Science. In addition the event will cover two major topics: The first is, how do you cross over from doing research in HPC to being part of a small and growing company? The second one is what are the pros and cons of working for a big company vs a small company vs a startup within a big company vs going it alone and forming your own company? The StartupHPC Meetup at SC14 takes place Nov. 17 in New Orleans.

Virtualization in the Cloud

John KirkleyOne of the best ways to realize the full performance benefits of virtualization is to make it available through a private cloud.  The VMware vCloud Suite realizes operational efficiency through policy-driven operations.  By providing simplified operations management, the cloud solution drives greater resource utilization and staff productivity. This article is the sixth in an editorial series that explores the benefits of leveraging HPC virtualization and public or private clouds. This week we look at how virtualization in the clouds enables a secure private cloud for HPC. Read John KIrkley’s full article in insideHPC HERE.

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