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The Coming Intersection of HPC, Cloud HPC, and the Enterprise Data Center

Forbes articleHigh Performance Computing (HPC) traditionally exists as a separate and distinct discipline from enterprise data center computing. Both use the same basic components—servers, networks, storage arrays—but are optimized for different types of applications. Those within the data center are largely transaction-oriented while HPC applications crunch numbers and high volumes of data. However, an intersection is emerging, driven more recently by business-oriented analytics that now falls under the general category of Artificial intelligence (AI). Business is now about digital transformation. In the minds of many IT executives, this typically means delivering cloud-like business agility to its user groups—transform, digitize, become more agile. And it is often the case that separate, distinctly new cloud computing environments are stood-up alongside traditional IT to accomplish this. Transformational IT can now benefit from a shot of HPC. Read this FORBES article from industry analyst John Webster HERE.

Virtualization And HPC

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In this Blog, Thomas Francis from UberCloud, elaborates on the pros and cons of virtualization for high performance computing (HPC). We still have the old wisdom in mind that virtualization consumes so much performance in HPC that it is basically useless. But things have changes. Inspired by a presentation from VMware’s Mohan Potheri at this week’s Stanford HPC Conference, Thomas discusses underlying technology such as Device Partitioning and RDMA. Device partitioning includes Single Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV) which is a PCI standard to virtualize the I/O path from the server to a peripheral device. RDMA is a memory access protocol that lets you directly share the contents of memory between two computers, bypassing both operating systems and the traditional network stack. Read Thomas’ blog HERE.

David Waltzman about Life After CAD

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Designers and engineers spend a lot of time drawing beautiful 3D models of products. The benefits of having a 3D model are numerous. It can be sent into CAM (Computer Aided Machining) software so that the part can be cut on a CNC mill or lathe. It can be sent to a rendering engine to produce photorealistic images for design reviews or marketing materials. Most recently, it can be sent to a 3D printer so that the product team can touch and feel the design before it is sent to manufacturing. Additionally, and most importantly, 3D models can be the input for CAE (Computer Aided Engineering) software. These packages take in your 3D geometry and apply the harshness of real world operating conditions. Many different types of physics can be applied to your model from static forces and pressures to transient thermal loads from solar radiation. You can read this article from UberCloud’s David Waltzman on LinkedIn.

Why Cloud Technology is Driving the New Automotive Era


Over the years, technological advancements in how cars are designed and manufactured have affected the automotive market. One such change is cloud-enabled platforms that are transforming how business is done, eliciting greater collaboration and integration within companies—and more interactive experiences with consumers. The worldwide public cloud services market revenue is projected to grow 18.5% in 2017 to total $260.2 billion, up from $219.6 billion in 2016, according to Gartner. Cloud-based technology is empowering start-ups to compete with legacy automakers, forcing traditional companies to adopt new business models to survive. Couple that with the fact that the cloud allows business to scale and maneuver quickly, and you have a catalyst that transforms how vehicles are being brought to market. Read Michael LaLande’s article in Desktop Engineering.

CAASE18: The Conference on Advancing Analysis & Simulation in Engineering in June in Cleveland

CAASE 2018 smallNAFEMS Americas and Digital Engineering (DE) are teaming up to present CAASE18, the Conference on Advancing Analysis & Simulation in Engineering, June 5-7,  2018 in Cleveland. CAASE18 will bring together the leading visionaries, developers, and practitioners of CAE-related technologies in an open forum, unlike any other, to share experiences, discuss relevant trends, discover common themes, and explore future issues, including: What is the future for engineering analysis and simulation? Where will it lead us in the next decade? How can designers and engineers realize its full potential? And what are the business, technological, and human enablers that will take past successful developments to new levels in the next ten years?

ANSYS Launches Discovery Live

ANSYS Discovery Live smallWith ANSYS’ launch this month of ANSYS Discovery Live, one of the biggest names in simulation takes a big step in the push to democratize simulation. Late last year, ANSYS unveiled ANSYS Discovery Live, billed as “real-time simulation for rapid product exploration.” Following the announcement, the company made the early version available for test drive. This month marks the product’s commercial launch. Though ANSYS products are usually associated with expert users, ANSYS Discovery Live takes a dramatic departure, by simplifying simulation and analysis to a series of simple steps. The approach marks ANSYS Discovery Live as a product aimed at designers — a much wider user pool than traditional simulation users. The speed and ease of use in Discovery Live comes from two features: (1) SpaceClaim’s direct-editing technology; (2) NVIDIA GPU-driven parallel processing. Read this article in Digital Engineering.

UberCloud Experiment Team 198: Kaplan turbine flow simulation using OpenFOAM in the Advania Cloud

Kaplan 200This UberCloud Experiment #198 from end-user Martin Kantor from GROFFENG deals with an application in the hydropower and renewable energy sector. There are still many opportunities with usable hydro potential: existing hydropower plants with old obsolete turbines, new hydropower plants at an existing weir, or new hydropower plants for new locations. Kaplan water turbines are used for locations with small head. The flow simulation inside the turbine is calculated using the Turbomachinery CFD module from CFD Support for OpenFOAM. The flow simulation and its analysis are important for verification of turbine energy parameters, turbine shape optimization and turbine geometry changes. You can download this case study HERE.

International Advanced Research Workshop on High Performance Computing, Cetraro, Italy, July 2 – 6, 2018

CetraroJoin UberCloud at the 14th edition of a well-established biennial International Conference on High Performance Computing, one of the leading events in the field for the finest reputation of the Invited Speakers from Asia, Europe and America. In the five-day meeting, the most advanced topics will be discussed by speakers from academia, and Industry, and research. The workshop’s edition 2018 “High Performance Computing – From Clouds and Big Data to Exascale and Beyond” is announced here http://www.hpcc.unical.it/hpc2018 with information on the workshop’s AIM and SCOPE, on the PROGRAMME, on the APPLICATION and ACCOMODATION FORMS, and for details about the place of the meeting. The information will be updated frequently. For additional information please contact [email protected].

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