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Download the New 2016 Compendium of Engineering Cloud Case Studies


The New 2016 Compendium of Engineering Cloud Case Studies – sponsored by Digital Engineering, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and Intel – is an invaluable resource for engineers, scientists, managers and executives who believe in the strategic importance of Technical Computing as a Service, in the Cloud, for their organization. It is a collection of 19 selected real-life case studies written by the participants of the UberCloud HPC Experiment. Among these case studies you will find scenarios that resonate with your own situation. You will benefit from the candid descriptions of problems encountered, problems solved, and lessons learned. Projects covered are in fields of Computer Aided Engineering (CAE), such as Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Structural Analysis (FEA). Case studies are about an engine intake manifold, airbag simulation, ship barehull resistance, wind turbines, airflow within a nasal cavity, thermal modelling of a reactor, implantable antennas, and more, to name a few. You can download the Compendium HERE.

Recent Progress in CAE Cloud Computing

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50 computer-aided engineering (CAE) cloud experiments per year, 20 engineering simulation case studies in one compendium each year since 2013, that’s the harvest of 4 years of UberCloud CAE cloud experiments, 195 until now. The objectives of the UberCloud Experiment are 1) creating a community of CAE in the cloud supporters, 2) better understanding cloud computing roadblocks, and of 3) identifying solutions to be able to resolve those roadblocks. This article discusses major roadblocks like security, software licensing, cloud-enabling, cost and complexity of cloud computing, and how they have been resolved in the meantime. Read the full article in Digital Engineering.

Examples of Engineering in the Cloud – from the 2016 Compendium of Case Studies

Team169The UberCloud Experiment started in July 2012 to explore cloud computing for engineers and scientists, and to learn about cloud hurdles and how to remove them. Since then, the UberCloud Experiment has attracted thousands of organizations and 195 active teams in computational fluid dynamics (CFD), finite element analysis (FEA) and computational biology. Each year, numerous case studies are published in a Compendium to show how teams overcame roadblocks to engineering on the cloud. This article presents three of the 19 case studies in the 2016 UberCloud Compendium sponsored by Digital Engineering, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Intel. Cases studies presented are about Team 169: Complex Blood Flow through Cardiovascular Medical Device Using OpenFOAM on Advania; Team 175: Parametric Radio Frequency Heating with COMSOL Multiphysics in the Cloud; and Team 187: CFD Analysis of a V6 intake manifold using STAR-CCM+ in the Cloud. Read the full article in Digital Engineering.

Simulation Is Becoming Democratized—At Last (Part 1)

solidThinking-Inspire-300x191Two decades ago, engineering software developers launched their first efforts to make simulation accessible and safe to use by engineers who were not professionally trained analysts. In recent years, a wealth of new technological avenues are making advanced simulation capabilities accessible, practical and safe for use by non-analyst engineers and designers in ways that no longer depend on neutering their function. These include: far more sophisticated and intelligent CAD/CAE interconnection than those early attempts, meshless structural analysis and other techniques to simplify and accelerate problem setup, very affordable cloud-based HPC resources, and a rising wave of new fit-for-purpose vertical simulation “apps.” In this first part of the article Bruce Jenkins, President of Ora Research, is looking at accelerating geometry preparation and problem setup, with CAD/CAE software examples from Altair, ANSYS, Autodesk, COMSOL, SIMULIA, ESI, Exa, MSC, nCode, PTC, and Siemens PLM. Read this interesting article HERE.

High-Performance Computing & Cloud at ANSYS

ANSYS_CFD_and_FEA_image_1000Online magazine DEVELOP3D talked to the HPC & Cloud marketing director Wim Slagter about ANSYS’ new HPC Cloud solutions. ANSYS is making HPC available on the cloud with its ANSYS Enterprise Cloud solution – a turn-key, end-to-end simulation platform for its larger customers, which includes remote graphics, HPC job orchestration and remote session management, for global deployment. With its web interface, users can monitor and make changes to their simulations virtually anywhere and at any time. Powered by the ANSYS Cloud Gateway, this single-tenant solution can be used as a direct extension of a company’s IT infrastructure and resources while leveraging the global platform of Amazon Web Service (AWS). They discuss topics like: which customers use cloud, which jobs are suitable for cloud, data transfer, hybrid cloud, and security and confidentiality. Read the whole interview with Wim Slagter HERE.

Transitioning from Product to Platform in Engineering Simulation

ANSYS App Store2The meteoric rise of digital platform business models over the last decade has been called the most profound change in the global macroeconomic environment since the Industrial Revolution. Very few industries have yet to be disrupted by these new online structures that facilitate a wide range of human activities. Platform ecosystems are catalyzing radical changes in how we socialize, consume, create value and compete for profits. Platforms are connecting two or more distinct groups of users and enabling their direct interaction. Businesses that traditionally found their business advantage to be in the strength of internal resources now face competitors harnessing the expertise of hundreds of motivated users generating value-added content and network connected resources. Apple’s App Store, now boasting more than one million applications, is an example of the power of platform-inspired ecosystems. In this article on Engineering.com, as an example of a platform in engineering simulations, Stewart Bible discusses the recently released the ANSYS App Store. This online platform, which the company envisions as the future hub of its partner activity, provides designers and engineers with a centralized location to access apps that advance efficiency and productivity while using ANSYS software. You can read the article HERE.


Amazon AWS Announces Seven New Cloud Compute Services and Capabilities

AWS sticker_robotAt AWS’ re:Invent Conference, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), announced the next generation of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) Memory Optimized, Compute Optimized, and High input/output (I/O) instances, and added two new hardware acceleration options to its range of compute services. The new F1 instance is the cloud’s first customer-programmable, hardware-accelerated compute instance with Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). Amazon EC2 Elastic GPUs allow customers to easily attach low-cost, professional grade graphics acceleration to Amazon EC2 instances. AWS also announced Amazon Lightsail, a new way to get started with AWS that makes it easy to spin up powerful virtual private servers (VPS) that have bundled storage and networking with simple, monthly pricing. Read all the details in EnterpriseTech HERE.

Design Optimization: Past, Present and Future

Jenkins_image3Design space exploration and design optimization software tools let engineers systematically and automatically investigate very large numbers of design alternatives to identify those with the most optimal performance parameters. Many of the quantitative and algorithmic methods that underpin design exploration and optimization have been long known–and sometimes applied–in cases where the attendant costs in expertise, time and labor could be justified. What’s changing now is the way that fresh software technologies are transforming these powerful but formerly difficult-to-apply methods into practical, everyday engineering aids. In this article from Digital Engineering, author Bruce Jenkins presents a thorough insight into design optimization – past, present and future.

SC16 Hints at What Supercomputing Means for Manufacturing

SC16Each year, the top talents and technologies in computing converge at the SC supercomputing conference to focus attention on how computing power can be used to solve some of mankind’s greatest challenges. For those of you who couldn’t make it to Salt Lake City this year, Jamie Gooch, editorial director of Digital Engineering, describes some of the highlights of the largest HPC conference on the Planet, such as HPC Matters in precision medicine; how NVIDIA is partnering with the National Cancer Institute and other organizations on an initiative to accelerate cancer research; Intel expanded upon its Scalable System Framework to simplify the procurement, deployment and management of HPC systems; and Dell announced its EMC HPC System for Manufacturing designed for large, small- and mid-size manufacturers looking to make the leap to HPC. Read the Digital Manufacturing article HERE.

Webinar January 10, 2017: Turbomachinery CFD in the Cloud – An Easy Guide to Access and Use OpenFOAM for Turbomachinery on Demand, with a Live Demo in the Cloud

TurboCFD in CloudTurbomachinery CFD is an open-source workflow based on OpenFOAM®, covering the complete process from CAD data to CFD analysis to engineering results. CFD Support turbomachinery cloud products can be accesses on the UberCloud Marketplace. Based on many engineering cloud experiments, in this webinar we will present our experience, lessons learned and recommendations on how to best use cloud computing to accelerate your turbomachinery CFD design and product development, scaling up to hundreds of cores, resulting in ten to hundred-fold speed-ups, allowing for complex geometries with fine meshes processed in less time. We will demonstrate these advantages with a real-live case study from our Team 183 about “Radial Fan CFD Simulation in the Azure Cloud”, in an UberCloud software container on a CESNET cluster in Prague as part of the EGI Cloud infrastructure. To engineers, this cloud resource looks like your home desktop computer, no need to learn anything new, and still your OpenFOAM turbomachinery job and the data can be accessed and used in the same way, at your fingertips. Please register for the webinar on January 10, 2017 HERE

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