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5 Minutes with Dassault’s Steve Levine About The Living Heart Project

Steve LevineAt 2017 Solidworks World, in a 5-min interview with Jeff Rowe from MCADCafe, Steve Levine, Executive Director of the Living Heart Project (LHP) of Dassault Systemes explains the LHP and its current status. More than 80 partners in research and industry – including UberCloud – are applying the power of realistic simulation to human modeling, aiming at revolutionizing medical care. Under the lead of Dassault Systemes SIMULIA, LHP is uniting leading cardiovascular researchers, educators, medical device developers, regulatory agencies, and practicing cardiologists on a shared mission to develop and validate highly accurate personalized digital human heart models. See the interview with Steve Levine HERE.

HPC Clouds Can Compete with On-Premise HPC Clusters, New Benchmarks Show . . .

Exabyt.io_.Cloud-Study.2. . . And Microsoft Azure Cloud is taking the lead. This is the result of comparative HPC benchmarking of cloud computing vendors with High Performance Linpack, performed by Mohammad Mohammadi and Timur Bazhirov from Exabyte Inc. The authors present a performance analysis achieved by the Linpack benchmark on compute intensive hardware from cloud providers Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, IBM SoftLayer, and Rackspace, compared with the traditional NERSC Edison supercomputer. The study analyzes performance within a single compute node and speedup for distributed memory calculations with up to 32 nodes on at least 512 computing cores. The study’s findings demonstrate that the concept of HC in the cloud is ready for widespread adoption and can provide a viable and cost-efficient alternative to capital-intensive on-premises hardware deployments. Read the full paper HERE or a summary in HPCwire.

Engineers – Thinking Outside the Cloud Storage Box

SolidEdge Cloud StorageIn this Digital Engineering article Brian Albright analyzed the different ways of storing, accessing, and sharing engineers’ design files, simulation data and other engineering information. With exponential growth recently of this data, storing those files and sharing them with other stakeholders has gotten increasingly more challenging. While larger firms are using product data management (PDM), product lifecycle management (PLM) and their own IT resources to solve this problem, smaller firms have struggled. Cloud-based storage platforms like Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive have provided one way for smaller companies to easily store and share files. “Storage is a critical component of the workflows and systems that engineers use,” says Ray Milhem, vice president of Enterprise Solutions and Cloud at ANSYS. “There are multiple options available, both on-premise and in the cloud.” Read the article HERE.

UberCloud Team 195: Simulation of Impurities Transport in a Heat Exchanger Using OpenFOAM

Team 195In this case study of the UberCloud Experiment Team 195, Eugeny Varseev from the Central Institute for Continuing Education & Training (ROSATOM-CICE&T.), Obninsk, Russia performed a numerical simulation of the transport of impurities in a heat exchanger designed for coolant purification using CFD Support’s OpenFOAM in Box v16.10. The transient process of the purification trap operation process was simulated in order to find the process stabilization time. The study was performed at two general stages: first, the steady-state thermal hydraulic simulation of the coolant flow pattern inside the heat exchanger was done using standard OpenFOAM capabilities on the local desktop. Second, the transient simulation of both dissolved impurities and crystalized particulates transport was performed using a custom OpenFOAM transport solver hosted in an UberCloud software container on the Advania Cloud in Iceland. You can download the case study HERE.

451 Research: Software Containers A $2.7 Billion Market By 2020

Credit: Pixabay Software containers are expected to penetrate the enterprise and cloud infrastructure market to a greater extent in the next three years than they have to date, turning a $495 million market in 2015 into a $2.69 billion market by the end of 2020. Containers are currently a small portion of a set of cloud-enabling technologies, but they make up the fastest growing part with a 40% annual growth rate through 2020. Those are two of the main conclusions of 451 analyst Jay Lyman, manager of container and cloud management research in his recent report. Some critics have said containers recently have received an undue amount of attention. But Lyman said container adoption has been on a steady increase since 2015. At an early stage, they expanded the purposes for which they could be used, from development to testing, quality assurance, staging and production deployments. “The time between dev and test and production is much shorter than it used to be. We see pretty strong adoption of containers for production applications.” Read the article HERE.

Simulation Becoming Democratized

Simulation Is Becoming Democratized—At Last (Part 2)

Team 99jpegTwo decades after software vendors put simulation and analysis in the hands of non-analyst engineers and designers, a wealth of new technologies have opened up to make this a practical reality. In the last issue of Design World, Part 1 of this series looked at how contemporary connections between CAD and CAE software environments have grown more sophisticated and intelligent than the industry’s early attempts. Now, in his 2nd Part, Bruce Jenkins from Ora Research is looking at two more trends acting to democratize simulation. The first, meshless structural analysis and other recent technological advances that simplify and accelerate the traditionally time- and labor-intensive tasks of analysis model creation and problem setup. Second, the cloud-based HPC revolution, driven by a wave of visionary young organizations working to make cloud HPC-based simulation easily available to engineering organizations. In the first category, Bruce is presenting SIMSOLID, simulationHub, and SimForDesign as examples, and in the second, he is looking at UberCloud, Simscale, Rescale, and AweSim.

Ora Research Leading a Study on the Simulation App Markets & Opportunities – Looking for Participants

Ora ResearchTo help discover, develop and implement strategies, tactics and best practices to expand and strengthen awareness, understanding, acceptance, adoption and institutionalization of simulation app technologies and methods—all with the goal of accelerating growth and fostering maturation of the market—Ora Research will initiate and lead a sponsored multiclient study to identify and understand the Contemporary drivers for recognition, acceptance, justification, adoption and implementation of simulation app tools and work processes in organizations using them today; the Constraints on adoption arising from gaps and shortcomings in the current state of technology development, implementation and delivery; and the Improvements in the technology and its implementation and delivery, in its market development and sales presentation, in providers’ cultivation of customer readiness. If you want to learn more and participate in this study, as a sponsor or as an simulation app user, go to the Ora Research Website.

Radio Free HPC Congratulates The UberCloud on New Funding

RadioFreeHPCIn this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team Rich Bruckner, Shahin Khan, and Dan Olds look at why the UberCloud has received $1.7 Million in Pre-A Series funding. It’s great news for HPC in the Cloud, they say. And they quote Roland Manger, co-founder and Partner at Earlybird, saying “The UberCloud has created an entire cloud computing ecosystem for complex technical simulations, leveraging cloud infrastructure providers, developing and utilizing middleware container technology, and bringing on board established and proven application software providers, all for the benefit of a growing community of engineers and scientists that need to solve critical technical problems on demand. While technical computing has been slow to adopt the benefits of the Cloud, we are convinced that UberCloud can be a catalyst for change.” Listen to Radio Free HPC from minute 11 to minute 18 HERE.

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