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New UberCloud Offers on Azure’s Engineering Simulation Cloud Marketplace

June 30, 2016 in UberCloud Voice June 2016

Team 183 - TurbomachineryCFD-fan-nq28-compressible-noHousing-pressure-cullUberCloud is now represented with four offers in the UberCloud Store on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, with COMSOL Multiphysics, CD-adapco STAR-CCM+, OpenFOAM, and with a complex workflow consisting of the CFD software STAR-CCM+ and the optimization software HEEDS MDO, and more to come. Users can select between different cloud instances, i.e. class A, D, and G processors with different capabilities with respect to the number of cores, performance and memory, and different pricing. These offers are available in datacenters in up to 20 different regions around the world. Early users have successfully tested these containerized CFD solutions and used them already in production, like for example Henrik Nordborg from HSR, the Hochschule für Technik in Rapperswil, Switzerland, and Luboš Pirkl, Co-founder & Technical Director at CFD Support ltd. Their case studies will follow soon.

Desktop Engineering: Supercomputing for the Rest of Us

June 5, 2016 in UberCloud Voice June 2016

AweSimSupercomputing or HPC was once confined to researchers working on climate analysis, genomic mapping, and quantum mechanics. But affordable hardware, Open Source software, and creative deployment are ushering in the era of supercomputing for the masses. In this Round Table chaired by Desktop Engineering’s Kenneth Wong, together with Alan Chalker, Director of AweSim at Ohio Supercomputer Center, and Lee Margetts, Chair of the HPC Working Group at NAFEMS are discussing HERE: Supercomputers that you can “borrow” or “rent”; Investing in a mini-HPC cluster with low IT-overhead; Open Source software to manage HPC; Tackling large-scale simulation using in-house or on-demand HPC; and Deploying HPC-powered simulation as on-demand apps.

New 451 Research Report: Container drivers: UberCloud is containerizing HPC – and more

June 5, 2016 in UberCloud Voice June 2016

451Bringing the worlds of HPC and cloud together has been a longtime goal of grid computing pioneers a decade ago. “This may have been achieved with UberCloud,” writes WILLIAM FELLOWS, Research Vice President at the 451 Research. Early grid adopters were experimenting with cloud-style consumption-based, self-service, on-demand resource configuration, to additional peak capacity (bursting), marketplaces and more. But latency and performance overheads were the key roadblocks then when it came to using virtualized environments for HPC workloads. William analyzes UberCloud’s technology and business model, and presents a SWOT table with Strength, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threads. The 5-page report is available to subscribers of 451 Research HERE.

Univa Grid Engine Adds Support for Docker Containers

June 5, 2016 in UberCloud Voice June 2016

Univa-new logo (1)Univa announced the general availably of its Grid Engine 8.4.0 product. Enterprises can now automatically dispatch and run jobs in Docker containers, from a user specified Docker image, on a Univa Grid Engine cluster. This significant update simplifies running complex applications in a Grid Engine cluster and reduces configuration and OS issues. Grid Engine 8.4.0 isolates user applications into their own container, avoiding conflict with other jobs on the system and enables legacy applications in Docker containers and non-container applications to run in the same cluster, including UberCloud application containers from e.g. ANSYS, CD-adapco, COMSOL, and Numeca, based on Docker and enhanced for HPC by UberCloud. Read Unica’s announcement and details HERE.

Cloud Computing Best Practices for Engineering Simulation – Parts 1 & 2

June 5, 2016 in UberCloud Voice June 2016

Best Practice2Over the last three years ANSYS has participated in and contributed to several major cloud initiatives around the globe. They have built a cloud partner network, their own Enterprise Cloud on AWS, and participated in over 20 UberCloud Experiments. Now Wim Slagter, ANSYS Director for HPC and Cloud Marketing, has analyzed the major lessons learned and best practices in this 2-part blog. Wim is looking at 8 cloud computing best practices that are fundamentally related to simulation data and end-user access. Among them best practices related to data movement, graphics, secure network communication, job and data management, licensing, business models, HPC workload, start small think big, and No-Size-Fits-All solution for the cloud. Read Wim’s post HERE.

CloudFlow published second wave of engineering cloud experiments

May 29, 2016 in UberCloud Voice May 2016

cloudflow-logo-300-cmykCloudFlow is a European Commission funded project with its proposition of being the provision of a set of independent heterogeneous software services coming from different commercial SW vendors which can be composed to workflows by the end user and executed in Cloud and HPC environments. CloudFlow recently published its second wave of selected success stories about: Optimizing Energy Consumption and Noise Emission of the Cooling Airflow for for Compressors;  Plant Simulation: Optimization of Steel Structure Manufacturing; Electronics Design Automation (EDA): Modelling of MEMS Sensors;  More Efficient Drug Production Using Cloud-Based Simulation of Bioreactors;  Optimizing Heat Exchanger Design of Biomass Boilers Through CFD Simulation;  Automobile Light Design: Thermal Simulation of Lighting Systems;  Plant Simulation: Discrete Event Simulation of . Welding Lines. Read the CloudFlow case studies HERE.

TREK Bicycle: Containerizing Engineering Simulation for Faster CFD

May 29, 2016 in UberCloud Voice May 2016

trek_tri1100txl_13_h-150x150When it comes to cycling, one might not equate it to high performance computing. However, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of bicycles, Trek, utilizes Univa’s Grid Engine – Container Edition and UberCloud Software Containers to assist with their modeling. Trek’s engineers regularly perform a large number of computational fluid dynamics simulations to design their aerodynamic bikes. Trek recently incorporated containers to increase efficiency of their workflow and believe it has been a “game changer” for their R&D teams. Mio Suzuki, the company’s lead analysis engineer, said, “The process of moving from the first on-site environment to the current model of using resources on demand and with software that is quickly portable and easy to deploy speeds Trek’s development times.” Download Trek’s case study from the UNIVA site to learn how the organization containerized workflow to take advantage of remote resources and produce faster bikes.

Tony Abbey, NAFEMS: Stress in Finite Element Analysis: Parts 1 & 2

May 29, 2016 in UberCloud Voice May 2016

Figure-2-x-direction-stress-Tony Abbey teaches live NAFEMS FEA classes in the U.S., Europe and Asia. He also teaches NAFEMS e-learning classes globally. Tony recently published parts 1 and 2 of a thorrough diacussion about stress in FEA. In part one of this series, he looked at the fundamentals of forces and stresses, and in part two he looked at how to use these stresses in a practical example. Tony discusses the following topics: stress definition, understanding forces, the force and stress cube, stresses follow forces, and the art of load paths. In part two the example structure is shown in the figure on the left. It is a cross brace, supported at the left-hand edge by two lugs and loaded at the right-hand edge through two lugs. It is sitting in the global XY plane.Tony discusses the stress distribution and local coordinate systems.

Novel Abaqus software container announced at SIMULIA / Dassault Systèmes Conference in Boston

May 22, 2016 in UberCloud Voice May 2016

Team 1Frank Ding from Simpson Strong-Tie and Wolfgang Gentzsch from UberCloud announced the novel software container for the Abaqus software at the SIMULIA / Dassault conference in Boston May 23 – 25. Frank and Wolfgang presented a live demonstration of the Abaqus container running in the cloud for a heavy-duty structural analysis, a mechanical anchor pullout capacity analysis, for predicting failure mode and concrete cracking pattern. This same cloud experiment took three months in 2012 (as UberCloud Experiment #1), and with the novel Abaqus software container it took less than three days, just a few weeks ago. The novel software containers are easily packageable with any engineering software, portable from workstation to server to any cloud, easy to access and use, and scalable from one to many cores. See the SIMULIA Conference presentation slides HERE.

Video: Microsoft Azure Trends in HPC Cloud Computing

May 17, 2016 in UberCloud Voice May 2016

Tejas April 2016In this video from the HPC User Forum in Tucson, Tejas Karmarker from Microsoft Azure presents: Trends in HPC Cloud Computing“The performance and scalability of a world-class supercomputing center is now available to everyone, on demand in the cloud. Run your Windows and Linux HPC applications using high performance A8 and A9 compute instances on Azure, and take advantage of a backend network with MPI latency under 3 microseconds and non-blocking 32 Gbps throughput.”  Learn more about Microsoft Azure in High Performance Computing and watch Tajas’ 30-minute video HERE and see COMSOL, HEEDS, STAR-CCM+, and OpenFOAM cloud instances HERE.

Amazon, Google, and Microsoft might be going to war to win Uber cloud business

May 14, 2016 in UberCloud Voice May 2016

UberCloud computing vendors are in a heated race to win ever-larger businesses. While the Amazon Web Services started off as a niche service for small developers and startups, it’s turned into a $7 billion industry force. Microsoft and IBM have the edge that they already work with big business. And Google Cloud Platform has made a redoubled effort to build out their enterprise platform. If nothing else, with Uber’s massive scale, it would be a huge PR win for Microsoft, Amazon, Google, or whoever wins this deal. Their salespeople could point at Uber and show what’s possible, especially since the startup has become such a household name. Read the article HERE (and don’t confuse Uber’s cloud business with UberCloud’s business).

Availability of STAR-CCM+ on Microsoft Azure

May 14, 2016 in UberCloud Voice May 2016

STAR scaling on AzureIn his recent BLOG Tejas Karmarkar from the Microsoft Azure team announced the availability of STAR-CCM+, a multidisciplinary engineering simulation solution from CD-adapco, now a Siemens Business. The Azure team has been working with CD-adapco to deliver high level of scalability and performance with STAR-CCM+ because of its dedicated high speed low latency network fabric that uses RDMA and Infiniband technology, available only on A8 and A9 instances. If you are interested in a STAR-CCM+ trial we recommend to try the STAR-CCM+ software container with its unmatched user-friendliness HERE.

Cloud Computing Best Practices for Engineering Simulation

April 25, 2016 in UberCloud Voice April 2016

Best PracticeIn this blog, Wim Slagter HPC & Cloud Marketing Director at ANSYS, shares some Lessons Learned and Key Takeaways from working with customers on simulations in the cloud. His eight “best practices” are: – Don’t Move the Data (More Than You Have to). – Remote Graphics & Graphics User Interface for End-to-End Simulation. – Secure Network Communications & Data Storage. – Effective End-User Access for Job & Data Management. – Re-Use On-Premise Licenses (or Not). – Consider a Mix of Business Models. – Match Your Cloud to Your HPC Workload. And, Start Small, Grow Organically… but Think Big. In his BLOG worth reading Wim is explaining these eight best practices in detail.

ANSYS Breakthrough ! New Pay Per Use Elastic Licensing for Simulations in any Cloud

April 23, 2016 in UberCloud Voice April 2016

ansys_logoCompanies around the world now have unprecedented flexibility to solve the toughest engineering and product challenges, thanks to the introduction of ANSYS Elastic Licensing. This new ANSYS pay-per-use licensing model unlocks the world’s broadest portfolio of engineering simulation software – enabling users to optimize license utilization while giving them license flexibility to meet the changing demands of their businesses. Offered alongside the traditional lease and paid-up models, as well as with cloud offerings, ANSYS Elastic Licensing  provides hourly-based access to the breadth of ANSYS’ multiphysics platform in a single license. Elastic licensing enables customers to size their paid-up or lease license pool to their typical workload, but make adjustments for occasional users to meet peak demands. See the announcement HERE.

FEM NEWS Interview with UberCloud Co-founder Wolfgang Gentzsch

April 23, 2016 in UberCloud Voice April 2016

200 x 150Pawel Dereszewski from femnews.pl interviewed Wolfgang Gentzsch. Questions:  Wolfgang, tell us something about yourself and your experience. You are already several years in the HPC industry, can you tell us how it began? Could you explain what exactly HPC is? When the HPC fascination started? What is the UberCloud?  What is the main company activity?  How does the UberCloud work?  What industries dominate in using HPC?  What more sectors could join HPC?  What tips can you give to users, who start their adventure with HPC?  What is the minimal requirement to join The UberCloud?  Why do you think analysis in cloud is the future?  Do you have something more to share with readers? Read the whole interview on femnews.pl.

Advanced Course: HPC and Cloud for Engineering, 6-10 June 2016, Pecs, Hungary

April 14, 2016 in UberCloud Voice April 2016

PecsOnce again the sucessful course on HPC applied to Engineering will be held at the University of Pecs, Hungary. The course is suitable for novice and experienced users of HPC. Course Objectives: To provide an overview of the state of the art of high performance computing as applied to engineering applications. Special reference will be given to parallel, distributed and cloud computing and how serial or sequential algorithms for engineering problems may be parallelized for the efficient solution of large scale problems in engineering, analysis, simulation and design. Course Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Gentzsch, Co-founder and President, the UberCloud;  Prof. Dr. P. Iványi, University of Pécs, Hungary;  Prof. Dr. J. Kruis, Czech Technical University, Czech Republic;  Prof. Dr. B.H.V. Topping, Heriot-Watt University, UK and University of Pécs, Hungary. For further details please see the webpage: http://hpc-course.mik.pte.hu/.

Simulation Software: A Price and Performance for Everyone

April 7, 2016 in UberCloud Voice April 2016

DE - April 2016What’s stopping you, and many others in small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), from simulating designs well before building them? Although the concept is definitely spreading industry-wide perhaps you just haven’t found the right tool for your budget, timeframe and experience. Pamela Waterman from Desktop Engineering asked a wide range of analysis-software providers what they’re doing to address the barriers of cost, compatibility, accessibility, ease-of-use and more. You’ll find offerings for individual parts or complete assemblies, single-physics or multiphysics, cloud options, flexible licensing and open sources. The possibilities should have you taking a second look at adding more analysis to your workflow. Read the full article HERE.

New ANSYS Elastic Licensing for Pay-Per-Use Cloud Computing

April 3, 2016 in UberCloud Voice April 2016

ANSYS Flex LicensingIn his recent blog Wim Slagter, Director for HPC & Cloud Marketing at ANSYS, introduced the new ANSYS Elastic Licensing (TM). When you choose to run ANSYS on the cloud, one key point is that you don’t necessarily need to buy new licenses or move licenses to the cloud. Through a secure firewall connection (as provided by one of our cloud-hosting partners), you can simply reach back to your on-premises license server, and use the licenses you already own. In this way, ANSYS doesn’t force you into a new business model for cloud computing. If you want to isolate your work on the cloud, or if you need added license capacity for the cloud, you can either lease/purchase added license capacity or re-host existing licenses on the license server of the cloud-hosting partner. Learn more about this great new feature in Wim’s blog HERE.

10 Reasons Why Cloud CAE Software is The Better Option

March 31, 2016 in UberCloud Voice April 2016

Cloud-CAE-ExampleIn an excellent blog at our partner SimScale’s website cloud blogger Radu Crahmaliuc explains ‘why Software as a Service (SaaS) is better for enterprises’ than an in-house computing solution. According to IDC, 27.8% of the enterprise software market will be SaaS by 2018. The estimated value of the SaaS market is more than $50.8 billion. According to Radu, Cloud CAE solutions offered as Software as a Service bring plenty of industry-specific benefits for CAE users. Staying ahead of the curve is key to any business. Cloud is the fastest, most cost-effective business enabling technology to help companies achieve a competitive advantage. Read Radu’s 10 good reasons for moving to a SaaS solution HERE.

UberCloud delivers scalable HPC Cloud end-user deployments with OpenHPC containers

March 30, 2016 in UberCloud Voice April 2016

OpenHPC1SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 30, 2016 – Today UberCloud announced that it has developed quick-to-roll-out and easy-to-use containers based on OpenHPC for use in High Performance Computing (HPC), whether they be on-premise, or in the public or a private cloud. Using popular Linux Container technology, UberCloud containers resolve the deployment challenges of traditional HPC environments with the goal to make HPC ubiquitous and widely available. UberCloud uses OpenHPC to develop pre-configured, ready-to-run software containers to ease usability, accessibility, and portability challenges for development and execution of HPC applications in public and private cloud environments. UberCloud OpenHPC containers are one elegant way to deliver software packages effectively and efficiently into the cloud, and execute them in a single-tenant environment. Read the full announcement HERE.

5 CAE Industry Strategies to Bring Simulation to More Engineers

March 26, 2016 in UberCloud Voice March 2016

ASSESS-logo_x0pcclLast January, 85 CAE thought leaders met at the Analysis Simulation and Systems Engineering Software Summit (ASSESS) organized by by Brad Holtz of Cyon Research and Joe Walsh of intrinSIM, to discuss strategies to tackle the hurdles companies have to adopt simulation. The group also discussed hurdles that are negatively affecting the advancement of CAE technology. With CAE tools, engineers can reduce costs, recalls, development cycles, late design changes and the number of prototypes required. These tools can help engineers improve their designs through optimization-driven innovations. However, the benefits CAE tools offer mean nothing if the industries that engineers serve have no access to the software. This lack of CAE access proportionally affects small/medium enterprises (SME) due to budgetary restrictions, lack of confidence in the technology and lack of confidence in an engineer’s ability to use the software to its full potential. In his excellent summary article Shawn Wasserman from Engineering.com presents the 5 major strategies discussed at the conference to bring simulation to more engineers.

Ten Years of AWS and a Status Check for HPC Clouds

March 20, 2016 in UberCloud Voice March 2016

aws-logo-bw-200x122“Amazon Web Services turned ten today, and while the technology and business story has been a compelling one to watch over the years, for one segment of its user base, the real value of cloud for HPC is still an evolving story. Here’s the interesting thing though. The adoption curve for HPC applications on the public cloud is far less about what Amazon (and its “competitors” in the space) does to create the right environment–and far more about what the existing HPC ecosystem does for the cloud. It’s not about tooling, it’s about culture,” says Nicole Hemsoth from TheNextPlatform in her excellent status article about Amazon AWS and HPC Cloud in general, HERE.

Robin Knowles: Talking CFD – Interviewing UberCloud’s Wolfgang Gentzsch

March 18, 2016 in UberCloud Voice March 2016

Talking CFDRobin Knowles from CFD Engine just started a new podcast series about Talking CFD. Robin who is well-known for his regular blogs about CFD related topics, in Talking CFD interviews CFD entrepreneurs who have started their own business. Talking CFD has finally landed and it’s live in the iTunes store & on the website. Depending how you like to listen to podcasts, you should be able to get it via the following links:  the iTunes Store – listen, subscribe & review the show;  the RSS feed – for other podcast players & Android peeps;  the website – which includes brief show notes & is also a good place to share episodes from; There are 3 episodes available in all of the above places, right now: 1. Robin – a micro-episode introducing the podcast (& introducing me); 2. Paul Bemis of CoolSim – the data centre airflow modelling app; and 3. Wolfgang Gentzsch of UberCloud – providing cloudy HPC for simulation.

Burak Yenier at the Stanford HPC Conference: UberCloud Workloads & Marketplace

March 11, 2016 in UberCloud Voice March 2016

Container architecture 2In this video from the 2016 Stanford HPC Conference, Burak Yenier, CEO and Co-founder of The UberCloud presents: UberCloud Workloads & Marketplace. “UberCloud specializes in running HPC workloads on a broad spectrum of infrastructures, anywhere from national centers to public Cloud services. This session will be review of the learnings of UberCloud Experiments performed by industry end users. The live demonstration will cover how to achieve peak simulation performance and usability in the Cloud and national centers, using fast interconnects, new generation CPU’s, SSD drives and UberCloud technology based on Linux containers.” See the video on insideHPC HERE.

CAE-focused cloud HPC initiatives a boon to simulation users – Four young HPC Cloud startups

March 11, 2016 in UberCloud Voice March 2016

Awesim Rescale Simscale UberCloudEngineers who rely on simulation and analysis software have long been frustrated by constrained availability of HPC resources to run their complex, computationally demanding applications. Expensive on-premise hardware was often hard to justify based on sporadic or infrequent usage that fluctuates with project workloads, while leasing time from supercomputing centers could likewise be an exorbitant proposition. But the explosive growth of commodity cloud computing in the past few years has completely rewritten this equation, making computing power accessible and affordable for even the smallest engineering groups today. In his article Bruce Jenkins, President, Ora Research, describes four young, visionary organizations and initiatives, AweSim, Rescale, SimScale, and UberCloud, each with a mission to revolutionize availability of cloud HPC resources for engineering simulation.

STAR-CCM+ Moves to the Cloud with ACTnowHPC

March 10, 2016 in UberCloud Voice March 2016

ACTnowHPCAdvanced Clustering Technologies announced it has partnered with CD-adapco to offer the company’s industry-leading engineering simulation software solution, STAR-CCM+, to customers using Advanced Clustering’s on demand HPC cluster in the cloud, ACTnowHPC. “We’re pleased to announce that our HPC cloud now makes STAR-CCM+ immediately accessible to engineers who purchase the license from CD-adapco,” said Kyle Sheumaker, President of Advanced Clustering Technologies. “With STAR-CCM+, we’re making it easier than ever for our customers to enhance workflow productivity in order to discover better designs faster.” Read the announcement HERE.

HPC Finally Climbing to the Cloud

March 3, 2016 in UberCloud Voice March 2016

tom wilkieIn this insideHPC special guest feature addressing HPC experts, Tom Wilkie from Scientific Computing World writes that, after a shaky start a few years, interest in migrating HPC to the cloud is now growing rapidly. “Although commerce and consumers have been computing in the cloud for years, the high-performance computing sector has been more hesitant. But all that may now be changing. The cost of cloud computing for HPC is falling, while new programming models that will allow HPC workloads to run more efficiently in the cloud are becoming available. Public cloud providers are installing hardware configurations that are more suited to HPC, while private clouds are giving users experience of how to run their jobs in a cloud environment.” Read this well-researched contribution HERE.

UberCloud welcomes Thomas Francis as Head of Products

February 26, 2016 in UberCloud Voice February 2016

ThomasWe are very pleased to announce that Thomas Francis has joined our team on February 1 as Head of Products at UberCloud. Thomas has broad industry experience in enterprise software, hardware, cloud and IT operations. His most recent role was as director of software and cloud strategy at Dell. While at Dell he launched multiple cloud businesses including Dell Cloud Business Applications and Dell Cloud Marketplace. Previously, Thomas has held leadership roles in various technology companies including SanDisk and Landmark Graphics software, a maker of 3D seismic interpretation software. Thomas has a masters degree in aerospace engineering from UT Arlington and an MBA from UC Berekely and is based in Silicon Valley.

UberCloud Introduces SaaS Service for Software Vendors on Microsoft Azure

February 25, 2016 in UberCloud Voice February 2016

ISV ContainersSunnyvale – Feb. 25, 2016 – UberCloud is excited to announce today plans to support independent software vendors (ISVs) in Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) with its new go-to-cloud service for the hyperscale, enterprise Microsoft Azure cloud platform. The service consists of containerizing the software provider’s software, developing a Software as a Service (SaaS) cloud business model, utilizing and tuning the ISV’s application software on Azure, testing and evaluating the cloud offer, and conducting marketing and sales initiatives together with the ISV. Read the detailed announcement HERE.

Toward Ubiquitous Computational Life Sciences

February 23, 2016 in UberCloud Voice February 2016

Team 156 - 1In this article, we argue that – despite the ever increasing complexity of Computational Life Sciences (CLS) tools, hardware, and system components – engineers have never been this close to ubiquitous CLS, as a common tool, for every engineer. The main reason for this next big advance can be seen in the continuous progress of CLS software tools which assist enormously in the design, development, and optimization of life sciences products. Now, we believe that the next big step towards ubiquitous CLS will be made very soon by new software container technology which will dramatically facilitate software packageability and portability, ease the access and use, and simplify software maintenance and support, and which finally will pass CLS into the hands of every engineer. Read the article HERE.

Cloud case study: Prediction of Barehull Resistance Curve of a Day-Cruise Ship in the Cloud

February 22, 2016 in UberCloud Voice February 2016

Christina OThis case study is about calculating the barehull resistance of a day-cruise ship in the cloud with a standard hull form used as a benchmark for computational fluid dynamics in the marine industry.  End-user is CCTO, the Costas Carabelas Technical Office in Athens, Greece, the designer of the famous yacht Christina O of Aristotle Onassis. “The high accuracy of NUMECA’s FINE/ Marine software, combined with the powerful UberCloud processing machine in the CPU 24/7 Cloud is an absolutely fantastic tool. It offers an opportunity for engineers to keep full control & knowledge on their projects in the Marine Hydrodynamic Environment.” This cloud benchmark was analyzed on local hardware, on virtual instances in the cloud, and on the bare-metal cloud solution offered by CPU 24/7 and UberCloud. Download this case study HERE.

Deciding between Open Source and Proprietary CFD Software

February 20, 2016 in UberCloud Voice February 2016

Darrin StephensIn his post, Darrin Stephens, managing director at Applied CCM Pty Ltd, compares benefits and challenges with open source vs proprietary software. The primary differences are the cost of the licenses and the conditions for use of the licenses. The copyright of open source software belongs to the author rather than the vendor. Open source software licenses give some fundamental freedoms to the user such as: study how the software works, access the software code, modify the code according to specific requirements, run the software for any purpose on any number of machines, and redistribute copies of the software to others. But Darrin explains that there are also a number of strong benefits of using proprietary software. Read the nice benefit/cost/risk comparisons for open source and proprietary software HERE.

Microsoft Azure

February 13, 2016 in High Performance Computing Resource Providers

Microsoft AzureMicrosoft Azure is a  cloud computing platform and infrastructure, created by Microsoft, for building, deploying and managing applications and services through a global network of Microsoft-managed and Microsoft partner hosted datacenters. It provides both PaaS and SaaS services and supports many different programming languages, tools and frameworks, including both Microsoft-specific and third-party software and systems.

Visit the Microsoft Azure store on the UberCloud Marketplace.

Containerizing Engineering Simulation for Faster CFD at Trek

February 9, 2016 in UberCloud Voice February 2016

Trek_CFD-200x137The Next Platform editor Nicole Hemsoth analyzes the growing HPC needs of Trek Bicycle and their move to the cloud. At the core of the company’s lead analysis engineer Mio Suzuki’s efforts are UberCloud’s novel software containers and especially the one for CD-adapco’s STAR-CCM+ and HEEDS optimization. “The selling point of containers is, in my opinion, the fact that I don’t have to change my ‘routines’ to set up a simulation and solve it. Using the container is as if I’m logging onto just another local network machine via remote desktop,” Suzuki says. “This is great, especially for engineers like me with short project turnaround times restricting our ability to spend time to modify working patterns or investigate in the new setup even when the ‘new way of doing’ may become beneficial in the long run.” Read the whole article at The Next Platform.

Ali Kutay to Join UberCloud Board of Directors

February 8, 2016 in UberCloud Voice March 2016

Ali Kutay Los Altos, Calif., Feb 7, 2016 – UberCloud, the online marketplace for engineers and scientists to discover, try, buy computing on demand, today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Ali Kutay a member. “Ali is a seasoned entrepreneur. As the head of the team that helped put enterprise software companies like WebLogic, GoldenGate, and WebAction at the forefront of the big data revolution, Ali’s vast experience in technology and strategy and his solid business operations acumen will add incredible strength to UberCloud,” said Burak Yenier, UberCloud’s co-founder and CEO. “We are very happy to have Ali on our board and we’ll benefit from his expertise in scaling enterprise software companies. I am confident Ali will leverage his extensive skills to help advance UberCloud’s business strategy and future endeavors.” Read announcement HERE.

TotalSim’s Ray Leto About Motorsports in the Ohio OSC Cloud

February 2, 2016 in UberCloud Voice February 2016

Motorsports“Even though we’re not a big company, the Ohio Supercomputing Center (OSC) allows us an elastic ability to scale up.  We maintain our own 600 cores of HPC housed in our IT room that fits our normal daily throughput, but with access to OSC we can offer our current, or prospective clients the ability to solve large problems quickly. Whether that’s a short-term project where we need a massive amount of simulation in a short period of time, or a longer-term project with intermittent “spikes,” we just go out to OSC and have that instant scale up for quick turnaround. Access to OSC allows us to plan the usage of any number of cores over a certain period of time; I know I can easily work with the OSC staff to plan out these larger projects. I can’t express how important this flexibility is for our company compared to having to own and manage all the HPC infrastructure we’d need,” writes TotalSim President Raymond Leto  in his recent OH-TECH  blog.

Toward Ubiquitous High-Performance CAE – Passing CAE into the hands of every engineer, in containers

January 24, 2016 in UberCloud Voice January 2016

Containers 1In this article, we argue that – despite the ever increasing complexity of CAE tools, hardware, and system components –engineers have never been this close to ubiquitous CAE, as a common tool, for every engineer (and we are certainly aware that this goal might still be a decade away). The main reason for this next big advance can be seen in the continuous progress of CAE software tools which assist enormously in the design, development, and optimization of manufacturing products. Now, we believe that the next big step towards ubiquitous CAE will be made very soon by new software container technology which will dramatically facilitate software packageability and portability, ease the access and use, and simplify software maintenance and support, and which finally will pass CAE into the hands of every engineer. Read the article HERE.

Video: Microsoft Azure for Engineering Analysis and Simulation

January 24, 2016 in UberCloud Voice January 2016, Uncategorized

Tejas azure-300x216Tejas Karmarkar from Microsoft presented this talk at SC15: “Azure provides on-demand compute resources that enable you to run large parallel and batch compute jobs in the cloud. Extend your on-premises HPC cluster to the cloud when you need more capacity, or run work entirely in Azure. Scale easily and take advantage of advanced networking features such as RDMA to run true HPC applications using MPI to get the results you want, when you need them.” See the video HERE.

ACTnowHPC On Demand HPC Cloud Cluster Joins UberCloud Marketplace

January 19, 2016 in UberCloud Voice January 2016

ACTnowHPCKansas City (Jan. 15) – The ACTnowHPC on demand cloud cluster this week joined the UberCloud online marketplace, where engineers, scientists and their service providers discover, try, and buy computing power and software in the cloud as a service. ACTnowHPC enables users to harness the power of HPC resources on a pay-as-you-go basis without having to invest in the hardware and infrastructure. “We are pleased to join the UberCloud online marketplace, where our cloud service will give users the opportunity to use our computing power to complete their demanding projects,” said Kyle Sheumaker, President of ACTnowHPC parent company, Advanced Clustering Technologies. “UberCloud and ACTnowHPC share a common goal – to make HPC accessible to those who do not have the resources or infrastructure to meet their computational needs.”  Read the announcement HERE.

Cloud Computing trend unstoppable: Netflix, Juniper, and Intuit explain how Amazon is eating the $3.5 trillion IT industry

January 17, 2016 in UberCloud Voice January 2016

amazon-all-in2Last October, at Amazon’s annual re:Invent conference in Las Vegas for its Amazon Web Services customers, Senior VP Andy Jassy presented a  long list of well-known companies who are going “all-in” on Amazon, meaning they’ve made the gutsy decision to shut down all of their own private data centers and instead run their companies on the rented computers, storage, software, and other services served up by AWS. Among these companies are Netflix, Juniper, Intuit, AOL, Hertz, Kempinski, Suncorp, TimeInc, TheGuardian, and many others. “When the data center comes up for lease, what people are doing is looking at, ‘I could spend a big pile of money to refit it, or I could replace it with an AWS account,'” explains Adrian Cockcroft, formerly Netflix’s cloud architect, the man who oversaw Netflix’s use of Amazon through 2014. Read the whole article HERE.

UberCloud partner FlyElephant announces new tools and webinars

January 12, 2016 in UberCloud Voice January 2016

FlyElephantFlyElephant, the online platform for scientific computing, data management and collaboration, announces the availability of new software tools such as Octave and Scilab. The complete list of the supported languages and tools includes GCC (with support for OpenMP), R, Python (v2 & v3), Octave and Scilab. In addition, Beta Program participants can use the following tools: Java (v7 & v8), Julia, OpenFOAM, GROMACS, and Blender. Also, webinars about machine learning and the FlyElephant Platform will be offered. Read more information HERE.

UberCloud goes public – with its ubiquitous application software containers

December 31, 2015 in UberCloud Voice January 2016

DockerLos Altos, January 01, 2016 — As of today UberCloud puts a stronger focus on its ubiquitous application software containers based on open-source Docker. After 2 years of development, testing and an extended beta program the containers are now ready to run everywhere, and they ease usability, accessibility, and portability challenges for development, execution, and maintenance of engineering and scientific applications in public and private clouds. Early implementations of the UberCloud Containers have been provided for software from ANSYS, CD-adapco, COMSOL, NICE, Numeca, OpenFOAM, PSPP, Red Cedar, Scilab, Gromacs, and others. UberCloud Containers provide software packageability, portability, access and use, rapid deployment, maintenance and support, and their low overhead maintains scalability of the application software across multiple compute nodes. Please see our new container website: http://www.TheUberCloud.com/containers/.

Team 185 – Air flow through an engine intake manifold on Microsoft Azure

December 31, 2015 in UberCloud Voice January 2016

Team 185This case study is about air-fuel flow through an engine intake manifold. Increasingly stringent legislation aimed at reducing pollutant emissions from vehicles has intensified efforts to gain better understanding of the various processes involved in internal combustion (IC) engines. In the case of spark ignition engines one of the most important processes is to prepare air-fuel mixture. This mixture circulates to the intake port through a complicated path including air cleaner, intake pipe, and intake manifold. The main objective of this project is to understand the flow characteristics in an intake manifold and to learn how to perform this simulation in the cloud. The simulation framework is developed and executed on Azure Cloud resources running the ANSYS Fluent UberCloud container. Read the Team 185 case study HERE.

Featured Conference – Tri-Conference on Molecular Medicine & Diagnostics

December 30, 2015 in UberCloud Voice January 2016

Molecular MedWhy is the Tri-Conference the Premier Event on Molecular Medicine & Diagnostics?  If you are working in diagnostics and drug discovery, this is the must attend event of the year.  Attracting over 3,300 drug discovery and development professionals from over 40 countries in 2015, the Tri-Conference has grown into a diverse event, focusing on Molecular Medicine, specifically on Discovery, Genomics, Diagnostics and Information Technology. Venue: March 6 – 11, Moscone Center, San Francisco. Register by January 29 and safe $200.

UberCloud Introduces New Service – Building ‘Software as a Service’ for Software Providers

December 27, 2015 in UberCloud Voice December 2015

Containers 1UberCloud has successfully built Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions for software from ANSYS, CD-adapco, COMSOL, NICE, Numeca, OpenFOAM, and others, based on our production-ready ubiquitous UberCloud Containers. Key benefits for software providers are Portability: build container images once, deploy them rapidly everywhere; Low Overhead: run at high performance levels comparable to bare-metal; Scalability: deploy containers on multiple hosts to increase performance; Ubiquity: package once, run everywhere, on workstations, clusters, private & public clouds; Rapid Deployment: simplify & compress deployment time of HPC applications; Automated Maintenance & Support: distribution of fully tested software containers instead of conventional software distribution. Read SaaS service details for software providers HERE.

Team 182 Experiment – ABB Uses Microsoft Azure and UberCloud Containers for CFD Simulations

December 27, 2015 in UberCloud Voice December 2015

Team 182 ABBThis ABB case study is optimizing dry-type transformers, using OpenFOAM CFD to simulate the heat transfer of a dry-type transformer unit with different dimensions. In this way, the temperature rises can be evaluated and compared, directing a way to optimize the transformer design in terms of thermal performance. The computations were performed on a 10 node cluster in the Azure Cloud, where eight compute nodes were equipped with dual socket Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2670, giving a total count of 128 cores and 1TB of RAM. The nodes were connected with 40Gbit/s InfiniBand with remote direct memory access (RDMA) technology. Read the UberCloud Experiment case study HERE.

FIDESYS SimForDesign Available on Onshape App Store

December 27, 2015 in UberCloud Voice December 2015

FidesysUberCloud partner Fidesys, a provider of Finite Element Analysis, has added its SimulationForDesign to the Onshape App Store, giving Onshape users access to cloud CAE capabilities, allow them to examine parts performance throughout the design process. SimForDesign offers linear stress analysis directly within Onshape. Users don’t have to worry about computational resources — SimForDesign allocates everything automatically in the Cloud. The SimForDesign billing system is simple and straightforward basing usage on the actual CPU time, not the time spent setting up a simulation. Read the Desktop Engineering article HERE.

Towards HPC on Demand – ClusterVision Trinity runs UberCloud HPC application containers

December 17, 2015 in UberCloud Voice December 2015

TrinityTrinity is ClusterVision’s private cloud solution, a complete HPC cluster manager on top of a cloud platform managing HPC, general IT, and Big Data, bringing the flexibility of Platform-as-a-Service to HPC. At the CIUK 2015 Docker User Group in Coventry, UK, ClusterVision & UberCloud demonstrated Trinity by running UberCloud containers on a virtual HPC cluster. Real-time access & use of an UberCloud container were shown, loaded with a complete virtual desktop, a fluid dynamics OpenFOAM application, the application data, and resulting data analyzed interactively through remote visualization. The announcement is HERE.

Trinity is ClusterVision’s private cloud solution, a complete HPC cluster manager on top of a cloud platform managing HPC, general IT, and Big Data, bringing the flexibility of Platform-as-a-Service to HPC. At the CIUK 2015 Docker User Group in Coventry, UK, ClusterVision & UberCloud demonstrated Trinity by running UberCloud containers on a virtual HPC cluster. Real-time access & use of an UberCloud container were shown, loaded with a complete virtual desktop, a fluid dynamics OpenFOAM application, the application data, and resulting data analyzed interactively through remote visualization. The announcement is HERE.

Simulation 20/20: The Next 5 Years – Business, Technological, and Human Enablers Driving the Change

December 13, 2015 in UberCloud Voice December 2015

NAFEMS WebinarsIn the last 10 years we have witnessed significant advancements in engineering analysis and simulation, the potential of which are not often realized due to factors like accessibility, usability, confidence. However, there are still many questions: What’s the future for engineering analysis and simulation? What factors are constraining growth potential? How can we realize its full potential? Where will it lead us in the next decade? To help address these questions, NAFEMS hosts a year-long program of webinars focused on three major topic areas: Democratization, Business Governance, and Business Challenges. The presentations can be found HERE.

Microsoft introduced Azure Container Service

December 5, 2015 in UberCloud Voice December 2015

Microsoft AzureAzure Container Service (ACS) simplifies the creation, configuration, and management of a cluster of virtual machines preconfigured to run containerized applications. Using open-source scheduling and orchestration tools, ACS enables you to deploy and manage container-based applications on Azure. ACS leverages Docker to ensure that your app containers are fully portable. It also supports your choice of Marathon, Chronos and Apache Mesos or Docker Swarm to ensure that these apps can be scaled to thousands, even tens of thousands of containers. Read announcement HERE. Note: UberCloud offers containerized engineering simulation apps on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace.

EGI-UberCloud Partnership – Bridging Research and Innovation

November 30, 2015 in UberCloud Voice December 2015, UberCloud Voice November 2015

EGIEGI is proud to announce a collaboration with UberCloud based on a shared vision to embrace distributed computing, storage and data related technologies. The agreement is grounded on a joint commitment to increase IT resources in order to speed up time to market and enable development and innovation of new and more competitive products and services. EGI is a federation of more than 350 resource centres across 50 countries, with a mission to enable innovation and new solutions for many scientific domains to conduct world-class research and achieve faster results. EGI provides more than 40,000 users with both technical and human services, from compute, storage and data management, to consultancy and support. Read the collaboration details HERE.

Glosten uses Numeca FINE/Marine in the Cloud for optimizing containership hulls

November 22, 2015 in UberCloud Voice November 2015

Team 181 GlostenGlosten Inc. is a Seattle-based consulting engineering firm comprised of naval architects, marine engineers, electrical engineers and ocean engineers. Design experience includes tugs, barges, research vessels, cruise vessels, passenger/car ferries, and special-purpose platforms. In this UberCloud Experiment #181 Glosten calculated the barehull resistance of a containership in the cloud. The purpose of this project was to become familiar with the mechanics of running a FINE/Marine simulation in an UberCloud software container and to assess the performance of the available hardware compared to resources currently used by the end-user. Download the case study which describes challenges, benchmarks, and conclusions HERE.

Microsoft at SC’15: “Yes, we support Linux” in the Azure Cloud

November 18, 2015 in UberCloud Voice - - SC15 Special, UberCloud Voice November 2015

Microsoft AzureIn light of the recent Supercomputing Conference in Austin TX a Microsoft blog confirmed that “on Microsoft Azure, we are committed to supporting the operating systems, job schedulers, applications, tools, databases, and devices you use. Linux is part of our everyday work in the Azure Big Compute team. We are building an enterprise ready, intelligent cloud with True HPC capabilities. We work with partners across the industry to have world class performance, scalability, and support for the applications and tools you run. And we are pushing the state of art in modern, cloud-native applications for greater agility and lower cost to operate.” The Blog also mentions that “UberCloud has made STAR-CCM+ v10 available and pre-configured with a Linux desktop, MPI, and support for Power on Demand licensing.”  Read the Microsoft blog HERE.

We offer individual free trainings about UberCloud’s novel application containers at SC’15

November 14, 2015 in UberCloud Voice - - SC15 Special

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Our CEO Burak Yenier offers free individual training during SC’15 in Austin, TX. If interested please send us your name here: http://www.theubercloud.com/help/ and we will get in touch with you to coordinate day and time with you.

Containers everywhere at SC15: Univa Grid Engine Container Edition

November 14, 2015 in UberCloud Voice - - SC15 Special

Containers 1Nov 3, 2015 – UberCloud announces a complete management and execution environment for UberCloud Application Containers powered by Univa Grid Engine Container Edition. Now, popular commercial and open source technical applications are available in ready-to-execute packages of software designed to deliver the tools that engineers need to complete their task in hand. Popular commercial and open-source tools are pre-installed, configured, and tested, in UberCloud Containers, and are run on bare metal, without loss of performance. Featured containers include application software from ANSYS, CD-adapco, Gromacs, NICE DCV, Numeca, OpenFOAM, PSPP, Scilab, and many more to come. Read the InsideHPC article HERE.

Gartner names UberCloud a Cool Vendor in Oil & Gas

November 13, 2015 in UberCloud in the Media, UberCloud Voice - - SC15 Special, UberCloud Voice May 2015

Gartner res_339_coolVendor2015_refresh_outlinesUberCloud Inc., a leading online community and marketplace platform for engineers and scientists, announced today that it has been listed in Gartner’s Cool Vendors in Oil & Gas 2015 report, published by Gartner analysts Rich McAvey, Leif Eriksen, Morgan Eldred, on April 21, 2015. “We believe that the inclusion of the UberCloud in the Gartner Cool Vendor category of Oil & Gas validates our readiness as the one-stop shop for engineers and scientists to discover, try, and buy computing power and complete solutions on demand, in the cloud”, said Wolfgang Gentzsch, President of the UberCloud. “We are confident that this much valued Gartner recognition will further accelerate the acceptance of cloud computing in Oil & Gas and other application areas.” See the announcement and download the Gartner Cool Vendor report HERE.

NUMECA Steps into the Era of Software as a Service with UberCloud Containers

November 12, 2015 in UberCloud Voice - - SC15 Special, UberCloud Voice November 2015, Uncategorized

Numeca 200Nov. 10, 2015 – NUMECA and UberCloud announce the release of NUMECA’s complete suite of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software powered by UberCloud application software containers, now also available as a service in any cloud. All major NUMECA software packages such as FINE/Marine, FINE/Turbo, FINE/Acoustics, FINE/Design3D, AutoMesh, and FINE/Open are now also available in an UberCloud Container running on any server and in any cloud. “When we came across UberCloud’s new application container technology and containerized all our CFD software packages we were surprised about the ease of use and access to any computing system on demand”, said Professor Charles Hirsch, President and founder of NUMECA International, and world-renowned CFD expert. Read the announcement HERE.

UberCloud Announces Collaboration with Microsoft Azure and Starts Free Trainings

November 12, 2015 in UberCloud in the Media, UberCloud Voice - - SC15 Special, UberCloud Voice May 2015, Uncategorized

OpenFOAM on Azure

Microsoft and UberCloud agreed to cross-publish engineering and scientific cloud products on their online marketplaces. They started with OpenFOAM, an open source computational fluid dynamics simulation software from OpenCFD Ltd. (ESI Group), widely used in the engineering and scientific design and development community. Interested users can now participate in UberCloud’s Monday Webinars to learn how to register at the Azure Marketplace, and purchase, launch, and shut down the OpenFOAM software which is sitting in a software container immediately ready to use. Read more details in the Azure Store on the UberCloud Marketplace.

Cloud Platform FlyElephant starts to support R, Python and public API

November 4, 2015 in UberCloud Voice November 2015

FlyElephantStarting from October 31, 2015 FlyElephant supports R, Python and public API for the participants of its beta testing program. FlyElephant is the Platform-as-a-Service for scientists analyzing data and making simulations of different processes. Elastic multi-core systems, HPC and GPU clusters, software, services, templates, algorithms and data collections are now available in one place. FlyElephant automates routine tasks and helps scientists to focus on core problems solving. The platform is available in public beta for early adopters. Users can sign up for FlyElephant Beta Testing Program and get next benefits: free access, availability of new features. Read more details on the FlyElephant website HERE.

UberCloud Delivers CAE as a Service with Univa Grid Engine Container Edition

November 4, 2015 in UberCloud Voice November 2015

Containers 1Nov 3, 2015 – UberCloud announces a complete management and execution environment for UberCloud Application Containers powered by Univa Grid Engine Container Edition. Now, popular commercial and open source technical applications are available in ready-to-execute packages of software designed to deliver the tools that engineers need to complete their task in hand. Popular commercial and open-source tools are pre-installed, configured, and tested, in UberCloud Containers, and are run on bare metal, without loss of performance. Featured containers include application software from ANSYS, CD-adapco, Gromacs, NICE DCV, Numeca, OpenFOAM, PSPP, Scilab, and many more to come. Read the InsideHPC article HERE.

Simulation Any Time, Anywhere – Interviews with SimScale and UberCloud

November 3, 2015 in UberCloud Voice - - SC15 Special, UberCloud Voice November 2015

SimScaleThe way that engineers simulate is changing. In the last few years, more technology and software has emerged making the necessary toolsets more accessible for non-analysts. But it’s not just the software that’s changed; the way companies are structuring their offerings has also shifted. Engineers and firms can now purchase software and hardware as a service — offering flexibility, accessibility and mobility. Because they can use software, servers and the cloud as little or as often as they need, engineers can get a taste of programs or toolsets that might not be accessible otherwise. This has become more common for CAE platforms as engineers are bringing simulation further forward in the design process. In this Desktop Engineering feature the author Jessica Lulca discusses these aspects with two representatives of the wider cloud application provider community: SimScale and UberCloud. Read more information mainly based on these interviews  HERE.

Help for HPC in the Cloud

November 3, 2015 in UberCloud Voice November 2015

DE Nov15In this well-researched Desktop Engineering feature author Beth Stackpole provides an actual overview and insight in recent CAE in the Cloud developments. Although cloud acceptance among engineers is still slow due to a few roadblocks like security, licensing, and data transfer (most of them don’t really exist anymore, like security for example) there are more and more engineers and service providers seriously considering or even actively exploring cloud computing for faster and better simulations. Also, the big four (Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, IBM Softlayer, and Google Cloud) offer mostly cloud resources which are suitable for enterprise applications but not so for HPC. Here the smaller ’boutique’ HPC Cloud providers like Gompute, Nimbix, and Sabalcore have a good chance to grow into the HPC user community. Read the article HERE.

ANSYS and Fujitsu Partner to Accelerate Simulation in the Cloud for Chiyoda Corporation in Japan

November 2, 2015 in UberCloud Voice November 2015

Team 94Chiyoda Corporation, a leading Japanese engineering company, relies on ANSYS Fluent to attack a variety of engineering challenges for clients in the global energy business. Chiyoda’s internal IT resources were too overtaxed to process large, complex simulations quickly. To create a more flexible IT infrastructure — and make the most of Chiyoda’s ANSYS HPC Pack licenses — ANSYS introduced Chiyoda to Fujitsu Ltd., a strategic partner offering cloud computing resources and expertise. Team 94 of the UberCloud Experiment explored ways to efficiently use cloud resources for Chiyoda’s demanding simulations – in this example simulating two-phase gas–liquid flows in an energy plant. Read this Desktop Engineering article HERE.

Team 180 Experiment – CFD SpeedIT Solver on GPUs in the Cloud

October 30, 2015 in UberCloud Voice December 2015

Team 180 GPUsThis case study from Team 180 is about benchmarking SpeedIT Flow™, one of the fastest Computational Fluid Dynamics implicit single-phase flow solvers currently available. In contrary to other solutions a Semi-Implicit Method for Pressure Linked Equations (SIMPLE) and the Pressure Implicit with Operator Splitting (PISO) algorithms have been implemented on graphics processing unit (GPU). The software is particularly useful in acceleration of time-consuming external and internal flow simulations, such as aerodynamics studies in car and aviation industries. SpeedIT has been benchmarked in the cloud, on Ohio Supercomputer Center resources, and performance  compared for CPUs versus GPUs, for applications AeroCar, SolarCar, Motorbike, and  DrivAer. Read the UberCloud Experiment case study HERE.

Silicon Valley incubator Plug & Play invites UberCloud to join its Internet of Things Innovation Platform

October 29, 2015 in UberCloud Voice November 2015

PlugPlayAfter sourcing 1,200 startups, Plug and Play Tech Center’s Internet of Things (IoT) Platform of Innovation has accepted 22 startups into its third batch of the program, among them UberCloud with its container technology built on Docker well-suited for the CAD and CAE part of IoT. The startups selected are creating solutions focused in automotive, industrial, and consumer fields. The current partners of the program include Bosch, Philips Lighting, and Munich Re. SC Johnson and Mercedes-Benz have joined the platform as partners for this third batch. These corporate partners will work side by side with the startups for three months through mentor sessions, structured deal review, pilots, investments, and even acquisitions. Article see HERE.

Cloud Provider Nimbix attracts $7.5M in Series B round of funding

October 26, 2015 in UberCloud Voice - - SC15 Special, UberCloud Voice October 2015

stevehebert_750xx1600-900-0-146Cloud computing company Nimbix has raised about $7.5 million in a Series B round of funding. The Anna/Texas-based company plans to use the capital to expand its operations to include a second data center, expand its team inside and outside Dallas-Fort Worth and build out its cloud and capabilities. The raise, which closed Oct. 1, included equity and debt. “This is a market that has been emerging over the past few years with the emergence of big data and analytics,” said CEO Steve Hebert, adding that big data and analytics require high-performance processing. “That’s what our platform, JARVICE, enables us to do.”

Silicon Valley Business Journal: UberCloud one of the three top start-ups at Plug & Play Fall Exhibition

October 25, 2015 in UberCloud in the Media, UberCloud Voice October 2015

ubercloud_180xx2448-1837-0-60At this year’s Fall Exhibition organized by Silicon Valley start-up incubator Plug & Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale, Burak Yenier, CEO of UberCloud, presented his company’s profile to almost 500 institutional and angel investors. Burak described UberCloud as “a community and marketplace platform to discover, try and buy computing services. It has more than 2,500 companies and individuals from 72 countries, along with hundreds of consulting firms and individual experts.” Among the 30+ start-ups attendees voted UberCloud among the three top start-ups. Check out the 3 top startups from Plug and Play’s fall expo and read the story in the Silicon Valley Business Journal HERE.

Webinar: What’s the Best Tool for My CAE Simulation: Workstation, Server, or Cloud?

October 22, 2015 in Free Training and Webinars, UberCloud University, UberCloud Voice October 2015, UberCloud Webinars

WebinarFinding a computing structure for your CAE is overwhelming considering the vast provider options for HPC workstations, servers, and cloud computing.

In this live webinar, you will learn about:

  • – The pros, cons, challenges and costs of workstations vs. servers vs. cloud computing
  • – UberCloud CAE case studies on different computing options
  • – Computing resources, lessons learned and recommendations

Watch the replay of this Engineering.com sponsored Webinar from October 21, 2015, HERE.

Stanford Accelerates Solar Car with Sabalcore HPC Cloud

October 22, 2015 in UberCloud Voice October 2015

car-300x220The Stanford Solar Car Project is using the Sabalcore HPC Cloud to significantly improve aerodynamics for their entry in the 2015 World Solar Challenge. “We are very excited to sponsor the Stanford Solar Car Project. We are convinced that young talent, with fresh ideas and extraordinary commitment, is tremendously important for the future,” said John Van Workum, CEO of Sabalcore Computing. “It is of great interest to us to support this commitment and upcoming engineers. This underlines Sabalcore’s commitment to provide the computing resources necessary to enable those with new solutions to solve tough engineering problems.” Read the article on insideHPC HERE.

Cloud and Ice meet for SC15: UberCloud and Nordic Advania Cloud

October 15, 2015 in UberCloud in the Media, UberCloud Voice - - SC15 Special, UberCloud Voice October 2015

AdvaniaReykjavík – HPC in the Cloud company Advina published a case study about “Integrating with UberCloud, the online cloud community for engineers and scientists”. An Advania Qstack Cloud Service demo account was created and the Advania control panel was used as the primary method of infrastructure administration for a Proof of Concept study, using Platinum 3x Large instances with specifications: 16 virtual CPU cores; 61 GB RAM; 20 GB disk was selected. The Advania instances were accessed via SSH, and the Docker run time environment was set up. The UberCloud OpenFOAM container was pulled from the UberCloud private registry. Read more on the Advania Website HERE.

CloudyCluster spins up HPC clusters on AWS from your mobile device

October 12, 2015 in UberCloud Voice October 2015

CloudyClusterOmnibond just announced the release of CloudyCluster running in the AWS Marketplace, establishing a new level of HPC research and discovery available to everyone. In a move toward democratizing computational science and discovery, Omnibond LLC has released CloudyCluster, a tool providing easy access to High Performance Computing (HPC) resources in the AWS Cloud. Although HPC is traditionally the domain of computer scientists and data center administrators, CloudyCluster gives researchers and other Big Data crunchers direct access to HPC resources, so they can process large data sets and achieve faster results. Running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, users can spin up clusters from mobile devices with CloudyCluster, paying only for the compute and storage resources used. Read the announcement on HPCwire HERE.

Amazon AWS Launches Container Services

October 11, 2015 in UberCloud Voice October 2015

AWS Container ServiceAmazon Web Services (AMZN) beefed up the Docker application container infrastructure this week with the roll out of a container registry and interface tool designed to scale and rapidly update micro-services and distributed applications. The AWS registry coupled with a new container service interface illustrate how far the Docker container ecosystem has come in just over a year. The new service supports Docker and enables you to run and manage Docker containers across a cluster of Amazon EC2 instances. Each EC2 instance in a cluster managed by Amazon Container Service runs a Docker daemon, so whatever application you package as a container locally will deploy and run on Amazon ECS without the need for any configuration changes. This is all good news for our UberCloud customers who already use UberCloud’s application containers for ANSYS, CD-adapco, NUMECA, OpenFOAM, and other containerized CAE software. Read the full article in EnterpriseTech HERE.

Cloud-based simulation comes to Autodesk Fusion 360

October 4, 2015 in UberCloud Voice October 2015

6a017c3334c51a970b01b7c7d03c1c970b-800wi_ljsq5m[1]Fusion 360 has added simulation to its cloud-based platform. This will combine CAD, CAM and CAE capabilities into one integrated workflow. As a result, Fusion 360 comes full circle as a multi-discipline tool. The simulation capabilities include linear stress and modal analysis, and thermal and fatigue analysis will be included in future releases. The task of assigning loads, material properties and boundary conditions will all be within the familiar Fusion 360 user interface. “Simulation traditionally takes multiple software tools and hours of work. Not so with Fusion 360,” said Kevin Schneider, director of Fusion 360 at Autodesk. “We made it powerful, but drop-dead simple.” Read the full engineering.com article HERE.

CFD Engine Blog: How to install OpenFOAM anywhere with Docker

September 30, 2015 in UberCloud Voice September 2015

Docker1“Think of a shipping container. They’re standardised so they can be handled & transported correctly wherever they end up in the world. The container doesn’t need to be modified to go on a ship, or a train, lifted by a crane or hauled on a truck. In the same way, a Docker container lets you package up everything you need to run a particular set of computing tasks. … Your container can be used, without modification, on any infrastructure. So, by packaging your CFD environment, OpenFOAM & whatever other tools you may need, into a Docker container you can run OpenFOAM pretty much anywhere.” Read the CFD Engine Blog HERE.

CAD Cloud Startup Onshape raises another $80 Million

September 25, 2015 in UberCloud Voice September 2015

OnshapeCAMBRIDGE, Mass. (September 24, 2015)​– Onshape, the only company in the world 100% focused on cloud and mobile CAD, announced $80 million in new equity financing led by Andreessen Horowitz with participation from existing investors New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Commonwealth Capital Ventures and North Bridge Venture Partners. To date, Onshape has raised $144 million in total funding. Onshape will use the new investment to significantly expand worldwide sales and marketing efforts and increase its R&D and strong customer support.  Read the whole story HERE.

Webinar – Scale up your ANSYS workload in the cloud

September 15, 2015 in UberCloud Voice October 2015, UberCloud Voice September 2015

OzenCloud-300x209If your compute environment is too small to handle big ANSYS workloads then join us as we discuss OzenCloud and it’s unparalleled performance. This webinar will offer a step-by-step guided presentation to performing ANSYS simulations on our private and secure ANSYS servers. In the first 15 minutes of the webinar, you will learn about OzenCloud’s ANSYS offering. Next 30 minutes will be a step by step, guided demonstration for all participants who are interested in learning how to scale ANSYS on OzenCloud. We will reserve the last 15 minutes for your questions. This webinar is co-organized by Ozen Engineering and UberCloud. To register for this webinar, please visit our registration page below. Join the Webinar on October 7 or 14, 2015, at 11:00AM – 12:00PM PST or another upcoming session.HERE.

ENGINEERING.COM Webinar “What’s the best tool for my CAE simulation: workstation, server, cloud?”

September 12, 2015 in Uncategorized

ubercloudwebinar-1Finding a computing structure for your CAE is overwhelming considering the vast provider options for workstations, servers, and cloud computing. In this live webinar, you will learn about:
– – – – – The pros, cons, challenges and costs of workstations vs. servers vs. cloud computing
– – – – – UberCloud CAE case studies on different computing options and applications
– – – – – Computing resources for engineers, lessons learned and recommendations

About the Speaker: Wolfgang Gentzsch is the president of UberCloud and an industry consultant for HPC and cloud computing. UberCloud has installed more than 180 custom technical computing options for CAE. Gentzsch has also served as managing director of the North Carolina Supercomputer Center and as a member of the U.S. President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. You can access the webinar presentation from October 21  HERE.

Scalable Tool Enables Linux Container, User-defined Image Deployment in HPC Environment

September 11, 2015 in UberCloud Voice September 2015

ShifterThe explosive growth in data coming out of experiments in cosmology, particle physics, bioinformatics and nuclear physics is pushing computational scientists to design novel software tools that will help users better access, manage and analyze that data on current and next-generation HPC architectures. Shifter, designed as a scalable method for deploying containers and user-defined images in an HPC environment, was developed at NERSC to improve flexibility and usability of its systems for increasingly data-intensive workloads. It is initially being tested on NERSC’s Edison system — a Cray XC30 supercomputer — by users in particle physics and nuclear physics and will eventually be made available as an open source tool for the general HPC community. Read the whole story HERE.

Cloud computing powers the profitability of wind

September 10, 2015 in UberCloud Voice September 2015

WindWind power is a staple renewable energy source that is often described as relying on mature technology. In many ways, this assumption is correct as wind farms pop up across the globe in increasingly diverse and remote locations. But a lot of innovation is going on behind the scenes. Cloud computing is one of the tools that is helping the wind power sector up its game, as David Standingford, lead technologist at the Centre for Modelling and Simulation (CFMS), said: ‘We are seeing movement from most engineering companies to cloud computing as the economics are better and the security of the cloud has improved. Additionally, massive amounts of resources are available cheaply and bandwidth has increased to match the needs of the wind power simulation space. Read the whole story HERE.

Simulation Lifecycle Management’s New Mission

September 6, 2015 in UberCloud Voice September 2015

Siemens PLM Software VisualizationThe push to democratize simulation and the spread of design optimization has fundamentally changed simulation lifecycle management (SLM). It may have initially been developed as a version- and history-tracking tool, with some job queue management utilities on the side. But the sheer size of the source files, the number of iterations involved and the simultaneous evaluation of hundreds of design variants quickly transformed SLM’s mission. It’s now tasked with IP (intellectual property) guardianship, process automation, HPC (high-performance computing) management, and remote visualization (for a start). This Desktop Engineering article from Kenneth Wong discusses the impact of the Internet of Things (IoT), System-level Simulation, Big Data, and Cloud Computing on SLM.

Amazon Web Services Spotlights HPC Options

September 6, 2015 in UberCloud Voice September 2015

AWS-illustration_c4-instances-199x200Tiffany Trader from HPCwire quotes an interesting white paper just published by the Amazon AWS Cloud team as: “This paper describes a range of high performance computing (HPC) applications that are running today on Amazon Web Services (AWS). You will learn best practices for cloud deployment, for cluster and job management, and for the management of third-party software. This whitepaper covers HPC use cases that include highly distributed, highly parallel grid computing applications, as well as more traditional cluster computing applications that require a high level of node-to-node communications. We also discuss HPC applications that require access to various types of high performance data storage.” See Tiffany’s summary article HERE or download the AWS white paper directly.

Nvidia GPUs bring supercomputing to the Azure Cloud

September 4, 2015 in UberCloud Voice October 2015

Microsoft AzureNvidia just announced that Microsoft will offer NVIDIA GPU-enabled professional graphics applications and accelerated computing capabilities through Microsoft Azure. The Tesla Accelerated Computing Platform is designed from the ground up for power-efficient, HPC, computational science, supercomputing, data analytics and deep learning applications. By deploying the Tesla K80 GPU accelerator in its N-Series virtual machines, Azure dramatically expands access to supercomputing-class performance, enabling enterprises worldwide to accelerate their most demanding workloads, without requiring them to invest in, build and maintain dedicated computing resources.

The Sky’s the Limit for Cloud Computing

September 4, 2015 in UberCloud Voice September 2015

Deskeng1With simulation jobs becoming more complex and taking up more computing power, engineering teams are turning to the cloud to run analyses. In doing so, users can run more simulations without the long-term hardware investment. This is creating greater demand for Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offerings and new companies catering to a host of different cloud computing needs. Contributing Editor Pamela Waterman from Desktop Engineering takes a look at what is currently available for simulation SaaS and how engineers can successfully implement it into their workflow, HERE.

UberCloud Publishes New Compendium of HPC Cloud Case Studies

August 29, 2015 in UberCloud Voice - - SC15 Special, UberCloud Voice August 2015

Container harbour 2This is the 3rd annual Compendium of case studies about technical computing in the cloud. These case studies are about cancer genomics, aerodynamics optimizations, coronary artery flow, aircraft wing fluid structure interaction, heat transfer on thermoplastic olefins, microelectronic packaging, wind turbine aerodynamics, frontal car crash, duct elbow optimization, acoustic modelling, and parametric radio frequency heating, to name a few. The goal of the UberCloud Experiment remains the same – to perform engineering experiments in the cloud with real applications in order to understand the roadblocks and how to overcome them. And the efforts are paying off; based on the experience gained over the past several years, UberCloud has now increased the success rate of the individual end-user experiments to almost 100%, as compared to 40% in 2013 and 60% in 2014. Download the new UberCloud Compendium HERE.

CloudSME Introduces New AppCenter

August 29, 2015 in UberCloud Voice August 2015

CloudSME-apps_Screenshot_CFDCloudSME is a European FP7 funded project with the main goal of bringing SMEs closer to cloud computing. CloudSME just announced that its AppCenter. First applications and demonstrators are available for testing! CloudSME  enables manufacturing and engineering companies to use cloud-based High-Performance Computing and Simulation Technologies in CloudSME AppCenter (SaaS), in order to make them more competitive and foster the usage of simulation technologies in Europe. The AppCenter is a web-based service with a goal to provide software simulation products by software vendors for manufacturing and engineering companies. The AppCenter stores information about software products in accessible way and provides usage scenarios. Go to the AppCenter HERE.

Video: Docker for HPC in a Nutshell

August 29, 2015 in UberCloud Voice August 2015

Docker1As the newest flavor of Linux Containers, Docker gained a lot of momentum in the last 12 months. With a very convenient and open API-driven architecture Docker is able to help decrease the complexity of operations and increase the productivity of computation. In 2013 Wolfgang Gentzsch and his partner Burak Yenier introduced Docker as a corner-stone of the UberCloud Marketplace to drastically improve and simplify access to HPC resources like workstations, servers, and clouds. In this video from the Docker Workshop at ISC 2015 Andreas Schmidt from Cassini Consulting presents: Docker in a Nutshell. At 20:00 minute mark, he is joined by Jérôme Petazzoni from Docker who elaborates on Containers vs. VMs. Watch the video on insideHPC HERE.

Video: Linux Containers for Engineering & Scientific Applications

August 29, 2015 in UberCloud Voice August 2015

UC Container 2In this video from the recent ISC Docker Workshop in Frankfurt, Wolfgang Gentzsch, co-founder and president of the UberCloud, presents an update of UberCloud’s Docker container development for high-performance technical computing. These specific application containers provide packageability, portability, and ease of access and use for all kinds of technical computing applications and tools, for end-users, software vendors, and cloud providers alike. A recent breakthrough demonstrates the efficient use of these containers across multiple servers for parallel computing. Watch the video on insideHPC HERE.

Autodesk Whitepaper: Testing Simulation with Cloud Computing

August 28, 2015 in UberCloud Voice August 2015

Team 142 - 1From the introduction:  The UberCloud series of cloud experiments started in July 2012, exploring hands-on cloud computing for engineers and scientists and to learn about cloud hurdles and how to remove them. The whitepaper presents a summary of the Team 142 experiment with end-user Mark Lobo featuring the use of Autodesk CFD in the cloud to virtually test a control valve. The study examines the feasibility and the dramatic time savings available to a casual CFD analyst in employing simulation in the cloud versus desktop workstation alone.  Download the whitepaper from the Autodesk website  HERE.

Christian Kniep about: Docker Disruption, Containers in HPC, and the ISC Coud & Big Data Conference

August 21, 2015 in UberCloud Voice August 2015

ChristianKniep-370x290As more enterprises tie their datacenters to Linux containers, interest in market juggernaut Docker grows. Indeed, more than 70 percent currently use or are evaluating Docker, according to the 2015 “State of Containers.” And only 7 percent of those virtualization and cloud professionals surveyed had never heard of it, the StackEngine study found. ISC Events sat down with Christian Kniep, the HPC architect for QNIB Solutions. Kniep is co-organizer and speaker at the conference’s Docker workshop, occurring on Sept. 28 from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. They discussed the Docker Container disruption for technical computing and talked about the ISC Cloud & Big Data Conference Sept. 28 – 30 in Frankfurt. Read the interview with Christian in EnterpriseTech HERE.

UberCloud Compendium 2015 (members only)

August 16, 2015 in Downloads, UberCloud Compendium

This document 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 organizations. It is a collection of selected case studies written by theTeam 170 participants in Rounds 5 – 7 of the ambitious UberCloud HPC Experiment.

Among these case studies you will unquestionably 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 Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Computer Aided Engineering (CAE), Structural Analysis, and life-sciences.

Case studies are about cancer genomics, aerodynamics optimizations, coronary artery flow, aircraft wing fluid structure interaction, heat transfer on thermoplastic olefins, microelectronic packaging, wind turbine aerodynamics, frontal car crash, duct elbow optimization, acoustic modelling, and parametric radio frequency heating, to name a few.

The UberCloud Compendium of Case Studies 2015 has been generously sponsored by Intel Corporation .

Incentive2Pages: 80
Authors: Wolfgang Gentzsch, Burak Yenier, John Kirkley.
Availability: This document is available to registered members of the UberCloud community.

Click HERE to download your free copy of the 2015 UberCloud Compendium (4 MB).

Announcing availability of Linux RDMA on Microsoft Azure

August 15, 2015 in UberCloud Voice August 2015

Tejas KarmarkarIn this blog Tejas Karmarkar from the Microsoft Azure Team announces Linux RDMA on Azure. “We are excited to announce availability of Linux RDMA on Microsoft Azure. With this release, we mark a new milestone in our cloud journey and in our vision to make HPC and Big Compute more accessible and cost-effective for a broader set of users. Linux RDMA makes high speed low latency networking accessible to the engineering and scientific community across the globe, helping them solve complex problems with the applications they use today, Tejas Karmarkar said. Read the full blog HERE.

Techila benchmark report about Finance HPC-in-the-Cloud use-cases

August 15, 2015 in UberCloud Voice August 2015

TechilaTechila Technologies has benchmarked the largest cloud computing platforms: Amazon Web Services, Google Compute Engine, and Microsoft Azure in real-world business use-cases. The benchmarks are included in a new report: “Cloud HPC in Finance – Cloud benchmark report with real-world uses-cases”. The report includes benchmarks and analysis of the leading clouds in real-world scenarios, in which the business can benefit of scalable high-performance computing. Techila Technologies has noted that the financial services industry has recently been highly interested in exploring the benefits of cloud-based processing. Read more and download the report from the PRIMEUR website.

Expanding the Search for CFD Solutions

July 6, 2015 in UberCloud Voice July 2015

CFD Solutions

Navier-Stokes, Euler, Boltzmann and other equations can be used to describe the behavior of fluid flow, but in the early days, solving those equations was limited by processing and memory resources. A handful of approaches worked, so people stuck with them. Today’s parallel processors, expanded memory structures and improved graphics have allowed developers to revisit some of the older intractable solutions. Add in more pre-processing approaches and customized user-interface options, and you’ll find a broad range of CFD analysis choices. Pamela Waterman in her article in Desktop Engineering picks a few CFD companies which might not yet be widely known, like Convergent Science, Flownex, Hanley Innovations, Phoenix Analysis and Design Technologies, blueCAPE, KARALIT, Metacomp Technologies, Next Limit Technologies, Symscape, and TotalSim.

UberCloud Compendium 2015

June 29, 2015 in Downloads, UberCloud Compendium

This document 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 organizations. It is a collection of selected case studies written by theTeam 170 participants in Rounds 5 – 7 of the ambitious UberCloud HPC Experiment.

Among these case studies you will unquestionably 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 Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Computer Aided Engineering (CAE), Structural Analysis, and life-sciences.

Case studies are about cancer genomics, aerodynamics optimizations, coronary artery flow, aircraft wing fluid structure interaction, heat transfer on thermoplastic olefins, microelectronic packaging, wind turbine aerodynamics, frontal car crash, duct elbow optimization, acoustic modelling, and parametric radio frequency heating, to name a few.

The UberCloud Compendium of Case Studies 2015 has been generously sponsored by Intel Corporation .

Incentive2Pages: 85
Authors: Wolfgang Gentzsch, Burak Yenier, John Kirkley.
Availability: This document is available to registered members of the UberCloud community.

Please login to download your free copy of the UberCloud Compendium. If you don’t have an account yet, you can register for free HERE. It only takes a few seconds.

Sim4Design: Pay-As-You-Go Structural Simulation for Early Design

June 24, 2015 in UberCloud Voice July 2015

Sim4DesignResearch has shown that 90 percent of product defects are related to mistakes made early in the design stage, and 10 percent are due to manufacturing issues. Also, as per the “rule of ten,” it costs 10 times more for an engineering change at the next phase of the product development. This research indicates that most project delays and cost increases associated with a product can be attributed to and controlled in the early phase of the design cycle to get maximum savings. But simulation software is usually expensive and complex. And here comes Sim4Design: Sim4Design offers a cloud-based simulation product for users and designers who may have little or no knowledge of simulation. Its offerings are based on addressing two main issues associated with adoption of simulation: complexity, and the high cost of ownership associated with large-scale adoption of simulation among small- and medium-size manufacturers. Read more HERE.

UberCloud celebrates 30th store on its online marketplace

June 23, 2015 in UberCloud Voice June 2015

Shopping MallJust 6 months after officially opening its online Marketplace to the engineering and scientific community UberCloud welcomes its 30th store, from the Microsoft Azure Cloud. This store offers three services for now, with more to come. With one click you can run OpenFOAM on your Azure instance of choice (A, D, and G instances) with OpenFOAM pre-installed on Linux and with MPI pre-configured. The store also offers free webinar trainings. The second service “Request a Custom Quote” connects you directly with the Azure team to build your very personal cloud service. And the third service consists of the well-known UberCloud experiments which in this context you can request to collaborate with the Azure team on one of your projects. Other stores are from Amazon AWS, ANSYS, Autodesk, Bull, CD-adapco, CST, ESI-Group, NICE, Nimbix, OpenFOAM, and more. The UberCloud Marketplace can be entered HERE.

ISC Workshop on Docker Containers for HPC and HPC Cloud

June 22, 2015 in UberCloud Voice June 2015

DockerAt this year’s ISC Conference in Frankfurt July 12 – 16 a Workshop on “Docker: User-Friendly Application & Service Containers for HPC Environments” will take place on Thursday afternoon. The organizers Christian Kniep from QNIB, Jérôme Petazzoni from Docker Inc., Andreas Schmidt from Cassini, Nishant Agrawal from Tata Consultancy Services, and Wolfgang Gentzsch from the UberCloud will introduce into Docker and Docker Services, software development, testing & verification, containers for HPC workloads, and demos and use cases. Jerome Petazzoni, one of the fathers of Docker, will chat about the history of the Docker company and technology. See the detailed agenda HERE.

ANSYS and Fujitsu partner to accelerate simulation for Chiyoda with ANSYS HPC Pack licensing in the cloud

June 19, 2015 in UberCloud Voice June 2015

Team 94“Chiyoda was challenged to complete very large simulations, within short time frames, to meet customer needs. With an overtaxed IT infrastructure, we needed a flexible approach that would provide extra computing capacity on an ongoing basis. ANSYS recommended that Chiyoda partner with Fujitsu Ltd. to maximize its ANSYS HPC Pack licenses and leverage additional computing capacity. Today, by using 32 parallel cores via Fujitsu’s Technical Computing Cloud, processing speeds are 2 times faster than if simulations were run in our own IT environment,” said Kyoji Ishikawa, Lead Engineer, Chiyoda Corporation. The two-phase CFD use case was about an evaluation of the rate of gas entrainment due to liquid flow in the liquid storage facility for an energy plant. Read the full case study of this UberCloud Team 94 Experiment HERE.

 

CloudFlow and UberCloud Announce Joint Effort to Bring Cloud Services to the Engineers Workplace

June 18, 2015 in UberCloud Voice - - SC15 Special, UberCloud Voice June 2015

cloudflowJune 18, 2015 – The EU funded project CloudFlow and the UberCloud today announce their close cooperation in the areas of community, technology and joint marketing. Both partners agree that their major task currently is building one community around engineering cloud service with members benefiting from cloud-related information, experimentation, and using cloud services for their daily business, on demand, as needed. Another major joint task is facilitating ease of access and use of high-performance cloud resources. See the detailed announcement HERE.

DYNAmore and LS-Dyna in the CPU 24/7 Cloud

June 15, 2015 in UberCloud Voice June 2015

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At this year’s European LS-Dyna Conference in Wurzburg Germany June 15 – 17 we are presenting the UberCloud Experiment use case #175 about Simulating Car Frontal Impact with LS-Dyna in the Cloud. Team members Stefan Castravete from Caelynx Europe, ROMANIA, Uli Göhner from DYNAmore, and Thomas Gropp, Alexander Heine,  and  Christian Unger from cloud resource provider CPU 24/7 performed a Finite Element Analysis of a full Toyota Yaris Sedan car model with frontal airbag consisting of 1.5 million finite element in the cloud, on 6, 12, and 24 CPU cores. The end-user achieved an order of magnitude improvement in time and in system memory compared to his 4-core workstation runs. See the presentation  SLIDES and the CASE STUDY.

Autodesk Webinar: Can a Defense Contractor use PLM in the Cloud? – June 24, 2015

June 10, 2015 in UberCloud Voice June 2015

autodesk171-3VACCO industries provides flow control technology for defense and space applications. These innovative solutions are mission critical for customers like the US Navy and Boeing’s new Space Launch System. VACCO takes advantage of the benefits of PLM in the Cloud while still meeting their compliance requirements. In this webinar you will hear from the PLM Project Manager at VACCO about how this 465 person company leverages the flexibility of cloud-based solutions to deliver their engineering innovations. See details and register HERE.

Rescale Launches ScaleX Enterprise for Turn-Key Deployment of Cloud HPC and Simulation Platform

June 2, 2015 in UberCloud Voice June 2015

Rescale

Rescale, an industry leader in computer aided engineering (CAE) simulation and high performance computing (HPC), announced availability today of the innovative cloud HPC and simulation solution ScaleX TM Enterprise. ScaleX Enterprise is Rescale’s secure and flexible solution for enterprise companies, combining its award-winning engineering simulation platform with a powerful administrative portal and comprehensive developer toolkit. ScaleX Enterprise is designed for CIOs and IT professionals to instantly and securely deploy elastic hardware and software resources, supplementing their existing on-premise computing infrastructure while maintaining full control across the entire IT stack. Read the full announcement HERE.

CLOUDFLOW PROJECT CALL FOR PROPOSALS: 1 Mio Euro available for SMEs

May 27, 2015 in UberCloud Voice June 2015

cloudflowThe second OPEN CALL for additional Application Experiments within the EU-funded CloudFlow project will be open from June 30 to September 30 2015 with 1 Mio Euro budget available for future project partners!  Application Experiments shall be rooted in computational technology for manufacturing and engineering industries, preferably SMEs, giving them affordable access to Cloud technologies. Priority will be given to innovative product development and products, such as mechatronic systems and cyber-physical systems, including, e.g., multi-domain simulation (mechanics, electronics, software, fluid dynamics, acoustics, etc.). CloudFlow will continue to bring forward new knowledge. For details see www.eu-cloudflow.eu where the Open Call is published.

Video: Introduction to Docker in 7 Minutes

May 27, 2015 in UberCloud Voice June 2015, Uncategorized

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In HPC, there are often complex customer workloads that depend on multiple packages, libraries, and operating environments. This makes it difficult to provide customer workload resource guarantees, performance isolation, application encapsulation, repeatability, and compliance. While VMs provide a great deal of flexibility when working in heterogeneous environments, Docker containers are primarily focused on applications and their dependencies. “Docker is an open-source engine that automates the deployment of any application as a lightweight, portable, self-sufficient container that will run virtually anywhere,” explains Docker Founder and CTO Solomon Hykes. See his 7-minute video HERE.

Big Data is Driving HPC to the Cloud

May 25, 2015 in UberCloud Voice May 2015

Leo ReiterAfter about four decades of High Performance Computing (HPC) with a strong focus mainly on high-speed computing, these days a new branch of HPC is gaining momentum. IDC calls it “High Performance Data Analysis” (HPDA for short). Essentially, it’s the union of big data and HPC. How will these architectures evolve? Read the BLOG from Leo Reiter, the Chief Technology Officer of Nimbix, Inc., a global provider of High Performance Computing applications and platforms on demand.

Announcing AWS Educate: a Free Resource for Cloud Learning

May 22, 2015 in UberCloud Voice May 2015

AWS Educate

With more and more enterprises moving to the cloud, there is a growing demand for developers, information technology professionals, and forward-thinking business leaders with demonstrated knowledge of cloud computing. To meet this need, Amazon Web Services has announced AWS Educate, a major initiative designed to fundamentally transform how cloud computing is taught and how best practices are shared in higher education. Read more HERE.

What’s next for CFD? – Answers from 12 industry experts

May 13, 2015 in UberCloud Voice May 2015

team-30b-copy12 industry experts share their ideas of where the CFD industry needs to innovate & what they’d like to change.For an industry that revolves around solving some very old equations, the continued innovation in CFD might come as a surprise to some. Robin Knowles from CFD Engine asked a dozen industry experts what they thought was the aspect CFD is currently most in need of innovation. What is holding the industry back? But, perhaps more importantly, what they would like to see done about it? See their answers HERE.

ANSYS moves up in the Cloud

May 11, 2015 in UberCloud Voice May 2015, Uncategorized

 ANSYS customers can now deploy enterprise-specific simulation workflows and data to moreANSYS on AWS 1 engineers, regardless of geographic location or business unit with today’s launch of ANSYS 16.1 and ANSYS Enterprise Cloud. The new solution, running on Amazon Web Services (AWS), simplifies and accelerates the transition to cloud-based simulation by providing a reference architecture for end-to-end simulation that can be deployed within days. Customers who adopt the ANSYS Enterprise Cloud can scale their simulation capacity on demand, in response to changing business requirements, optimizing efficiency and cost while responding to the growing demand for wider use of the technology. Read the full story in HPCwire.

Fastway Engineering Store Joins UberCloud Marketplace

May 10, 2015 in UberCloud Voice May 2015

finalFastway Engineering and UberCloud announce the Fastway Store on the UberCloud Marketplace. “Never before has a more complete curriculum been created to bring newcomers into the world of Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) and High Performance Computing (HPC)” says Fastway Engineering’s managing director, Jim Shaw. The Fastway Store on the UberCloud Marketplace is designed to provide exclusive training classes specifically designed to teach participants how to use the latest Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) software on the cloud for Designers and Design Engineers. Read the full article HERE.

CloudFlow Conference – The Future of Engineering in the Cloud

May 4, 2015 in UberCloud Voice May 2015

Portorož, Slovenia, Thursday 28th of May 2015podor

  • Join top experts from Europe to discuss new views of engineering workflows: from CAD, CAM, PLM to CFD in the HPC Cloud.
  • Explore the state-of-the-art in industrial computing.
  • Discover new business models and opportunities for your enterprise.
  • Shape the future by joining the project consortia with your challenge.
  • Early bird registration until 30th of April 2015
  • www.hpc4sme.eu/CloudFlowConference

The war is on: Bulky vs Container Based Linux Distributions

April 23, 2015 in UberCloud Voice April 2015

Linux warThe war between Linux distributions is heating up, again: For the past few years the Linux distribution (distro) market was divided up between a few major camps as RedHat, Ubuntu, and SUSE dominated the market. Each distribution has its own packaging and focussed on a different niche of the market, education, consumer desktop, enterprise datacenter being few of the major areas of focus. Since early 2014 we see another niche: container based, light Linux distributions. As the popularity of Linux containers climbs like a rocket, the war is on for grabbing the market for the host operating systems these containers will run on. It is way too early to say, which of these will be successful, we will keep an eye on their progress (in no particular order):
CoreOS (recent investment in by Google Ventures)
Project Atomic (by RedHat)
Snappy (by Ubuntu)
RancherOS
Photon (by VMware)

ESI Group Acquires Ciespace’s Technology Assets for Cloud Based CAE Modeling

April 17, 2015 in UberCloud Voice April 2015

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Alain de Rouvray, ESI Group’s (Paris:ESI) Chairman and CEO states: “Riding the accelerated transformational wave of Information & Communications Technologies (ICT), Ciespace’s leading edge CAE Cloud based modeling tool will provide ESI with a quantum leap in its Go-to-Market strategy. Enabling a full Cloud/SaaS offering of our Virtual Prototyping solutions will create considerable additional value to our existing and future customers; substantially lowering the cost of ownership and the need for in-house expertise. The flexibility and affordability of the Cloud/SaaS business model is expected to progressively attract new types of technical SMECiespace users, beyond the traditional community of CAE specialists. Furthermore Ciespace’s high caliber engineering team will bring to ESI its advanced knowledge and proven experience in both CAE and Cloud technologies. The operation is well aligned with ESI’s strategy to “enable Virtual Prototyping for all”. After an initial integration phase, this acquisition should strongly accelerate the generation of new customers with an offer at minimal transactional costs.” Read more information about this acquisition HERE.

Design Tools Get Comfortable in the Cloud

April 17, 2015 in UberCloud Voice April 2015

rob_spiegel_125x125For a whole range of reasons, from lower costs to easier updates, design software customers are responding to cloud-based options. For small to midsize companies, cloud-based tools have become an affordable means to do data- and processing-intensive simulation and number crunching on the pay-per-use model. For larger companies, software-as-a-service (SaaS) moves the IT investment in design tools off the balance sheet, eliminating it as a capital investment. That may sound like accounting sleight-of-hand, but for many CFOs, it’s meaningful. Read the full blog from Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Motion Control, HERE.

Free & All Cost Covered . . . EnterpriseHPC Summit – Inside Advanced Scale Commercial Challenges

April 14, 2015 in UberCloud Voice April 2015

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HPCwire, EnterpriseTech, and nGage Events would like to invite you to participate in an exclusive VIP summit dedicated to exploring the emergence of advanced scale & high performance computing in commercial settings. This invitation-only summit takes place at the five-star Park Hyatt Aviara Resort May 11-13th in North San Diego County. It presents you with a great opportunity for information gathering as your organization tries to tackle its own scale-out technical challenges, as well as the chance to network and engage with some of the best and brightest minds in advanced & high performance computing for business. Best of all, it is free to attend. Summit expenses are fully paid for qualified attendees, including flight, hotel, meals, and summit badge. View the agenda with this link. You are invited to please click on this link to get qualified for the summit as quickly as possible so that we can get your room reserved and flights booked.

Civil-Comp 2015 Tutorial in Prague: Taking an OpenFOAM Application to the Cloud

April 14, 2015 in UberCloud in the Media, UberCloud Voice April 2015

prague5The 15th Civil-Comp International Conference on Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering Computing in Prague September 1 – 4 will start with a Tutorial about taking an OpenFOAM application to the cloud. In this 3-hour tutorial organized by the UberCloud participants learn the benefits and challenges in using remote cloud resources for real engineering and scientific applications, prepare a simple OpenFOAM CFD application on their own laptop and perform hands-on all the necessary steps about moving the geometry and physics data into the cloud, performing the computation and the remote visualization, and getting the resulting simulation data back to their laptop and visualize the results. Please see the details about the Tutorial and the Conference HERE.

Nimbix Cloud helps oil and gas advisor to focus on making world, safer, smarter, and greener

April 11, 2015 in UberCloud Voice April 2015

Oil PlatformWith a mission of making the world safer, smarter and greener, DNV GL delivers technical assurance and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil and gas and energy industries. In order to perform the hydrodynamics assessments, the company needed access to HPC to run CFD on the oil and gas structure using ANSYS® Fluent for physical modeling to determine flow, turbulence, heat transfer, and reactions for industrial applications – meshing and preparing simulation parameters. In total, all this data amounts to a massive 40 million cells. The company used NIBIX Cloud resources to perform these complex simulations. Read the case study HERE

Are you interested in Cloud Standards? Then please fill in the CSC survey questionnaire

April 9, 2015 in UberCloud Voice April 2015

EU LogoAre you interested or active in Cloud Computing? Are you concerned by having appropriate cloud standards? What are your needs, objectives, challenges and areas of concern? Share your concerns in a survey launched by the Cloud Standards Coordination (CSC) which is a collaboration initiative between the European Commission and ETSI (the European Telecommunications Standards Institute). CSC Phase 1 took place in 2013 and addressed primarily the standards roadmaps. Now, CSC Phase 2, launched in February 2015, addresses the needs and priorities of Cloud Computing users, assesses the maturity of Cloud Computing standards, and evaluates how standards can support the Cloud users priorities. Please fill in the survey HERE, it will take you max 30 minutes. This survey intends to collect feedback from the Cloud Computing community about needs, objectives, areas of concerns, and typical scenarios. It also intends to evaluate the perceived maturity of Cloud standards.

Video: CloudBroker – Bringing HPC to the Cloud

April 6, 2015 in UberCloud Voice April 2015

Wibke Sudholt

One of our long-term UberCloud Experiment partners is CloudBroker in Switzerland. They have successfully performed Experiment #30, supporting Spanish engineering firm Biscarri Consultoria with a heat transfer simulation in the cloud. Now, co-founder and CTO Wibke Sudholz presented an update of CloudBroker’s research and development at the HPC Advisory Council in Lausanne, Switzerland. Her topic: Making Technical Computing Available to Everyone – Bringing HPC to the Cloud. “Cloud computing provides pay-per-use access to scalable compute resources. However, IaaS and HPC-on-demand offerings are still often complex. Instead, the CloudBroker Platform and AppCenter create a SaaS layer on top of the compute resources. In the CloudSME EU project, this is used to develop a simulation platform for manufacturing and engineering.” See the video at insideHPC.

ANSYS – a world of simulations on the horizon?

April 6, 2015 in UberCloud Voice April 2015

ANSYS logo w-blurSimulation software expert ANSYS predicts a future where production is based on simulation rather than prototyping. In this interview lead product manager Matt Commens at ANSYS highlights major trends of engineering simulations: in addition to selling simulation software and letting the engineer learn and cope with it a deeper and application oriented consulting is becoming more important to help the design engineer make faster progress, including ANSYS coming in and offering assistance, because complexity might be somewhat of a problem for the ‘everyday stressed out product development engineer trying to make the best use of his or her time’. To further simplify use of the software “what you need to produce as an ISV are more automated flows.” Finally, the cloud will help ANSYS overcome another obstacle: The high investment cost for hardware. With the help of cloud computing, ANSYS wants to take the software into the market without companies having to spend vast amounts of money. Read the article HERE.

UberCloud Containers provide seamless cloud access for combustion training in Michigan

April 5, 2015 in UberCloud in the Media, UberCloud Voice April 2015

Ferry TapFor the 3-day training on April 15-17th at the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) in Ann Arbor (MI), USA, UberCloud and DACOLT have developed an application container with OpenFOAM and DACOLT’s combustion package including a few training examples, allowing students seamless access and use of cloud resources for their test simulations. The course willfocus on (U)RANS modeling and aims to get the participants familiar with the basic theoretical concepts used in turbulent combustion modeling and to provide hands-on exercises to apply the theory in practice with OpenFOAM. Trainer will be Dr. Ferry Tap, founder and CEO of Dacolt. Dr. Tap has obtained his PhD from the renowned EM2C laboratory at Ecole Centrale Paris. Please see more details and register on the UberCloud Marketplace.

Are you in Silicon Valley? Then join UberCloud CEO Burak Yenier at IEEE in San Jose

April 4, 2015 in UberCloud Voice April 2015, Uncategorized

Burak Yenier, UberCloud FounderOn Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 6:30 PM at Cadence / Bldg 10, 2655 Seely Ave, San Jose, CA our UberCloud CEO Burak Yenier will speak about The Power of Cloud for Technical Applications. Successful companies use computing power (sometimes even High Performance Computing, HPC) to build better products, faster, cheaper. They often need to chose between workstations, clusters, and cloud computing resources. This talk will address the benefits and challenges which each of these approaches bring. As a part of his talk, Burak will demonstrate how UberCloud uses Docker containers to move engineering applications to Cloud providers such as Microsoft Azure. Read more details HERE.

60% of U.S. IT Decision Makers Trust The Cloud With Sensitive Data

March 26, 2015 in UberCloud Voice March 2015

Actual-versus-Perceived-Risk154% of IT decision makers globally reported keeping sensitive information in the cloud. Cloud environments (46%) outpace databases (37%) and file servers (29%) as the location perceived as being the greatest risk by enterprise organizations. 80% of enterprises globally are making use of cloud environments according to the latest Ovum study. These and other insights are from the 2015 Vormetric Insider Threat Report (free, opt in) published today. This report provides an insightful analysis into how IT decision makers are navigating the potential benefits of cloud computing and big data versus the perceived and actual threats. Read the full FORBES article HERE.

ISC Cloud & Big Data Conference – September 28 – 30, 2015

March 22, 2015 in UberCloud Voice March 2015

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ISC is pleased to present the ISC Cloud & Big Data conference, which has merged the previous ISC Cloud and ISC Big Data Conferences into a 3-day conference in Frankfurt, Germany, September 28-30. Frankfurt is an exciting conference place, which is easily accessible by all conference delegates from around the world. This new format brings attendees two full days of multi-track sessions, highlighting current and future technologies, and applications most relevant in the cloud and big data fields. In addition, there will be one full day of workshops. See more details on the ISC Cloud & Big Data Website.

Autodesk: “All successful software companies in the future will be cloud companies.”

March 22, 2015 in UberCloud Voice March 2015

autodesk-subscription-vs-perpetualAutodesk will only sell subscription licenses for desktop products after February 1, 2016. The move is part of its transition to a subscription-only model. Andrew Anagnost, sr. VP and industry strategist for Autodesk, remarked, “The move to cloud, mobile, and social platforms for software companies is as profound as the move from mainframe to desktop computers. If we want to be relevant to our customers in the new world, we have to be moving toward a pure cloud-based, subscription-based company.” He went so far as to declare, “All successful software companies in the future will be cloud companies.” Read the whole story HERE.

Multiphysics for the masses – COMSOL wants to democratize simulation in the design process

March 22, 2015 in UberCloud Voice March 2015

Svante Littmarck

Over the last five years COMSOL has seen their revenues increase by 20% per year to around $65 million 2013. This makes them one of the market leaders in the multiphysics CAE sub-segment. By providing multiphysics capabilities, COMSOL’s software has reached an installed base of over 100,000 users. To reach an even broader market, in this interview Svante Littmarck, Co-founder and CEO of COMSOL, is talking about two on-premise and cloud related innovations in COMSOL Multiphysics 5.0 called Application Builder and COMSOL Server. ”It’s a revolutionary approach to multiphysics. With the Application Builder and Server, simulation becomes available in a whole new way. Advanced computational COMSOL models developed by experts can be turned into easily created apps in a Windows browser, and then widely distributed, used and understood also by non experts in the product development chain”, the COMSOL chief asserts. Read more about this news HERE.

Does HPC’s future lie in remote visualisation?

March 9, 2015 in UberCloud Voice March 2015

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At the intersection of big data, cloud, and HPC, remote visualisation is anything but a remote prospect, discovers Tom Wilkie from Scientific Computing World. The ability to look at complex data sets using only a mobile phone’s data rate is not some fantasy of the future. It is reality here and now. In the opinion of Steve Parker, VP of professional graphics at Nvidia, “the demand for remote visualisation can only increase.” According to Jim Jeffers, principal engineer and manager, parallel visualisation engineering at Intel: “As datasets get larger, visualisation is taking on more and more of a role in helping the analysis and providing the insight with large datasets.” Andrea Rodolico, CTO at software company NICE, believes: “If you look five years into the future, the question will be “Why don’t I use this kind of model for pretty much all my technical workloads?” Read the whole story in Scientific Computing World.

NICE DCV 2014 sets new performance standard for 3D applications in the Cloud

March 4, 2015 in UberCloud Voice March 2015

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NICE is pleased to announce the release of DCV version 2014.0, remote visualization technology that enables technical computing users to remotely access 2D/3D interactive applications over a LAN or WAN network. DCV allows engineers and scientists to take full advantage of the high-end graphics cards, fast I/O performance, and large memory nodes hosted in public or private clouds). Coupled with NICE’s EnginFrame, DCV allows ISVs and customers to build end-to-end, interactive and batch, HPC or design processes in the cloud. NICE DCV also provides desktop sharing capabilities — concurrent access to the same 3D interactive session among multiple users — that enable distributed teams to collaborate in the cloud. Read more details HERE.

CFD Support releases new Water Turbine CFD version

March 4, 2015 in UberCloud Voice March 2015

francis-turbine-rotor-wheel-openfoam-cfdCFD Support is offering CFD analysis, OpenFOAM based development, numerical algorithms, visualization and many other CFD services. CFD Support is delighted to announce its latest release of Water Turbine CFD. Water Turbine CFD is an open-source CFD software package and methodology based on the OpenFOAM software. It was especially created to enable a quick and efficient design optimization of rotating machinery components. Version 15.02 provides many new features and improved performance. The automated workflow is smoother and faster than ever before. The manual is available on-line: Water Turbine CFD Manual. CFD Support is familiar with providing free benchmarks to those, who are interested in Water Turbine CFD. Feel free to contact CFD Support regarding your benchmark test case.

3 Arguments Against Software as a Service (SaaS) That Fall Flat

February 23, 2015 in UberCloud Voice Febuary 2015

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For capabilities that are not a core competency of an enterprise, IT teams are hard pressed to justify why the needs of the business could not be met with a SaaS solution. Here’s the truth. In the world of Enterprise Software, on-premises solutions are becoming rare. The economies of scale that comes with the cloud combined with the innovation and agility of SaaS ISVs has led to a world of primarily SaaS-based enterprise apps. However, there are remains of classic on-premise solutions and deployments. This article explores some of the reasons for those remains, hypothesize on what motivates enterprise IT to support them, and decides whether there will be changes in the near-term that enable a complete transition to SaaS.

Running COMSOL Multiphysics with Amazon EC2

February 22, 2015 in UberCloud Voice Febuary 2015

PärCOMSOL Multiphysics has been able to utilize remote computing resources for a long time, either through batch jobs started from the user interface or the command line, or on-the-fly through client-server technology. For this, you only need a Floating Network License (FNL) for COMSOL Multiphysics®. Now, since HPC is becoming more and more important in the CAE community, COMSOL has made it as simple as possible for you to take the step into the cloud. To achieve this, COMSOL provides an easy way to launch remote COMSOL software installations for use with the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). This BLOG  from Pär Persson Mattsson describes the steps to COMSOL Multiphysics in the AWS Cloud.

When to Outsource CFD Projects

February 14, 2015 in Uncategorized

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Research survey shows that in order to compete with world-class manufacturers, simulation is a must, which suffices the importance of simulation technique in product design process.There’s an entire new trend of outsourcing the CFD projects taking place, allowing companies to offshore their design assessment process at half the cost. But then again, there are intellectual property and quality concerns that restrict many organizations from outsourcing their work. In this article from MCADCafe Mehul Patel from Hi-Tech CFD discusses 5 key considerations that an organization should make before choosing to outsource CFD projects.

Utilizing Cloud HPC Resources for CAE Simulations

February 14, 2015 in UberCloud Voice Febuary 2015

Joris PoortIndustry research indicates that both the general HPC market and cloud HPC are continuing to grow to meet engineering and science demand. As cloud resources increase, users should be cognizant of the HPC platforms available in the cloud. Scalable and customizable resources are available, however, security, ease of use, and full integration of simulation software are important factors to consider when running analyses remotely. Cloud resources designed for CAE simulations allow users to leverage HPC to fully explore the design space and develop innovative products. In this insideHPC video from the Stanford HPC Conference Joris Poort from Rescale discusses cloud HPC market trends, CAE simulations in the cloud , cloud software integration for CAE, security, data management and collaboration.

ExaCloud Democratizes Simulation-Driven Design

February 14, 2015 in UberCloud Voice Febuary 2015

ExaCompanies using cloud technology are accessing software that they previously did not have the bandwidth to support. Teams that are collaborating on common data in the cloud are gaining valuable insights and increasing their productivity. Exa has decided to offer their entire suite of products as a cloud offering. Now companies of varying sizes and industries can leverage the design power of simulation-driven design software, software that had previously been feasible for only the top tier auto and aerospace companies in the world. Simulation-driven design is the future of manufacturing vehicles, equipment, machinery and parts, and the cloud is poised play a major role in that transformation. SaaS can democratize virtual design tools. See more information HERE.

New Website Brings Structural Simulations into Early Design Cycle

February 11, 2015 in UberCloud Voice Febuary 2015

SimulationForDesign2A new cloud-based simulation platform is looking to educate designers about structural simulations. SimulationForDesign promises to give designers the background they need to evaluate their models, hoping to improve designs earlier in the process. SimulationForDesign created by FEA simulation company Fidesys LLC assesses the structural performance of parts and small assemblies. Many of the complex procedures to fix geometry and set up the problem are simplified in the software. This includes automated mesh generation and assigning material properties. The tool is easy to use too, thanks to a simple navigation environment and cloud-based access that doesn’t require any installation. See the full article on ENGINEERING.com and the CAE Fidesys store on the UberCloud Marketplace HERE.

Guy Lonsdale Presents Fortissimo HPC Cloud

February 7, 2015 in UberCloud Voice Febuary 2015

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At the ISC Cloud Conference in 2014 in Heidelberg, Guy Lonsdale, CEO of scapos and manager of the Open Calls of the EU funded Fortissimo project gave a presentation about “Supporting Engineering & Manufacturing SMEs through the Fortissimo HPC Cloud”. Fortissimo is a collaborative project that will enable European SMEs to be more competitive globally through the use of simulation services running on a HPC cloud infrastructure. The project is coordinated by the University of Edinburgh and involves 45 partners including Manufacturing Companies, Application Developers, Domain Experts, IT Solution Providers and HPC Cloud Service Providers from 14 countries. The project is funded by the European Commission within the 7th Framework Programme.

HPC in the Cloud – The Overcast has Cleared

February 7, 2015 in UberCloud Voice Febuary 2015

rich-150x150In this video from the Dell booth at SC14, Rich Brueckner from insideHPC moderates a panel discussion entitled: HPC in the Cloud – The Overcast has Cleared. The panelists were: ◾Muhammad Atif, Ph.D., National Computational Infrastructure (NCI), The Australian National University (ANU); ◾Larry Smarr, Ph.D., UC San Diego; ◾Roger Rintala, Intelligent Light; ◾Boyd Wilson, Clemson University & Omnibond; and Moderator: Rich Brueckner, insideHPC. The panelists share their experience with using HPC in the Cloud with real challenging applications. See the video on insideHPC HERE.

The RichReport Slidecast: UberCloud – From Experiment to Marketplace

January 29, 2015 in UberCloud in the Media

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In this slidecast, Wolfgang Gentzsch presents: UberCloud – From Experiment to Marketplace. After 18 months of developing Docker container technology into high performance application containers for engineering and scientific simulations,  UberCloud announces the availability of high performance application containers on its online UberCloud Marketplace, for ANSYS Mechanical, Fluent, CFX, Workbench, Icepak, EM, LS-DYNA and LS-PrePost,  for CD-adapco STAR-CCM+,  and for OpenFOAM, and more in the pipeline. These application containers are portable on all in-house and cloud environments and allow seamless and transparent on-demand access to and use of applications and data in the cloud, with a look and feel identical to your workstation.

UberCloud announces breakthrough with application containers for ANSYS, CD-adapco, and OpenFOAM

January 21, 2015 in UberCloud Voice January 2015

Containers 1After 18 months of developing Docker container technology into sophisticated containers for engineering and scientific applications, UberCloud announces the availability of high performance application containers on its online UberCloud Marketplace, for ANSYS Mechanical,  Fluent, CFX,  Workbench, Icepak, EM, LS-DYNA and LS-PrePost, for CD-adapco STAR-CCM+, and for OpenFOAM, and more in the pipeline. These application containers are portable on all in-house and cloud environments and allow seamless and transparent on-demand access to applications and data, with a look and feel identical to your workstation. Read the full announcement on HPCwire.

See short Youtube demos for ANSYS and for CD-adapco. Upload four brand-new case studies about using these application containers in the cloud HEREand visit the ANSYS, CD-adapco, and OpenFOAM stores on the UberCloud Marketplace  HERE.

Should enterprises join the rush to use Docker’s container software?

January 18, 2015 in UberCloud Voice January 2015

Docker Docker’s brand of container software has tech giants buzzing. What’s all the fuss about and should enterprises pounce? Why are the likes of Google, IBM, Amazon and Microsoft, as well as non-tech firms and big banks, signing up for what The New York Times describes as “a new way to create software,” facilitated by Docker’s brand of container technology? This excellent article explains how Docker works, summarizes the major advantages (especially compared with Virtual Machines) and critically explores the (still existing) weaknesses. “The age of the customer is all about speed. Faster time to market, more frequent software releases, automated server deployments, instant cloud scaling — anything that removes friction from the [application development] process is hot as we move into 2015,” Read the complete article HERE.

Introduction to turbulent combustion modelling with OpenFOAM®

January 16, 2015 in UberCloud Voice Febuary 2015

Ferry TapThis 3-day training will take place on April 15-17th  at the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) in Ann Arbor (MI), USA. It focuses on (U)RANS modeling and aims to get the participants familiar with the basic theoretical concepts used in turbulent combustion modeling and to provide hands-on exercises to apply the theory in practice with OpenFOAM. Combustion theory basics will be covered during the first day of the training. Advanced topics like LES, radiation, heat-transfer and pollutants are not covered. Trainer will be Dr. Ferry Tap, founder and CEO of Dacolt. Dr. Tap has obtained his PhD from the renowned EM2C laboratory at Ecole Centrale Paris. Please see more details and register on the UberCloud Marketplace.

Events coming soon with UberCloud’s participation

January 15, 2015 in Uncategorized

Exhibit16-16.08: ANSYS Northern California Innovation Conference, Sunnyvale, CA
13-13.09: COMSOL Day, Vienna, Austria
19-19.09: COMSOL Day, Mannheim, Germany
04-06.10: COMSOL Conference 2017, Boston, USA
17-19.10: 5th OpenFOAM User Conference,Frankfurt, Germany
18-20.10: COMSOL Conference 2017, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
01-03,11: ASSESS’17 Engineering Simulations Congress, Washington, USA
10-12.11: HP-CAST 29, Hewlett Packard Enterprise HPC User Group, Denver, CO, USA
12-13.11: Intel HPC Developer Conference, Denver, CO, USA
13-18.11: SC’17, Salt Lake City, Denver, CO, USA
14-14.11: 4th Annual StartupHPC Summit, Denver, CO, USA
28-30.11: HPE Discover Europe, Madrid, Spain

New Cloud-Based Offering From Exa For Simulation-Driven Design

January 15, 2015 in UberCloud Voice January 2015

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BURLINGTON, Mass., Jan. 14, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Exa Corporation, a leading innovator of simulation software for product engineering, today launched ExaCLOUD™, providing customers access to the company’s full suite of simulation products – running in a scalable, secure, high-performance computing (HPC) environment through a web interface. ExaCLOUD provides complete access to a sophisticated simulation environment – offering existing customers a way to handle peak demands, and engineering companies of all sizes immediate access to powerful simulation technology without having to invest in costly infrastructure. Read more information HERE.

CD-adapco: Why We Changed Our CAE Licensing

January 15, 2015 in UberCloud Voice January 2015

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CD-adapco’s executive VP Bill Clark explains in Desktop Engineering why the company refashioned its simulation software licensing approach. the introduction of two distinct licensing approaches: Power Session and Power Token. Clark observed, “I think everybody recognizes that traditional licensing has to go away. It doesn’t make a lot of sense. A large majority of our customers have migrated away from that old single seat-plus-HPC setup.” The new sessions are specifically designed to address the customers’ increased use of high-performance computing (HPC) to run complex simulation jobs. CD-adapco introduced Power Session in 2010 and the Power Tokens in 2013. The company also offers Power on Demand, a SaaS-style usage-based model which is perfectly suited for running STAR CCM+ in the Cloud, on demand. – See more details HERE.

Amazon Introduces New Amazon EC2 Container Service

January 15, 2015 in UberCloud Voice January 2015, Uncategorized

Amazon offers $500 AWS credit

Amazon EC2 Container Service is a highly scalable, high performance container management service that supports Docker containers (which also power the UberCloud Marketplace) and allows you to easily run distributed applications on a managed cluster of Amazon EC2 instances. Amazon EC2 Container Service lets you launch and stop container-enabled applications with simple API calls, allows you to query the state of your cluster from a centralized service, and gives you access to features like security groups, EBS volumes and IAM roles. Amazon EC2 Container Service eliminates the need to operate your own cluster management and configuration management systems or worry about scaling your management infrastructure.

Thomas Goepel on HP Helion Self-Service HPC

January 15, 2015 in UberCloud Voice January 2015

goepel_lmn_hpc_tcm245-1704090In this video, Thomas Goepel and Lisa-Marie Namphy from HP describe how the HP Helion Self-Service HPC solution makes high performance computing resources easy to access so more staff can accelerate innovation design, development and analysis. “HP Helion Self-Service HPC is an integrated, full solution reference architecture of components tested and ready for deployment as shown below that work together to provide the capabilities and value of the solution. The components of the solution are kept modular to enable you to tailor the solution to your specific needs. As you can see, the solution can be applied easily to your needs in either implementing a new HP Helion Self-Service HPC solution from the infrastructure up or extending existing HPC system infrastructure and management by adding the cloud automation and management components and virtualization pieces if desired.”

Clearing skies: Is the ‘Cloud’ getting safer?

January 14, 2015 in UberCloud Voice January 2015

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In the recent Technology Spectator Michael Swinson, senior associate at law firm King & Wood Mallesons, writes: “Cloud vendors have a very strong incentive to properly secure the data that is stored on their networks. They know that any security lapse will damage their market reputation and may have a direct impact on their revenue. As specialists in their field, it is not unreasonable to expect that they will be in a better position to defend their networks against hacking attacks than prospective customers who have no special data security competency.” Read the full article HERE.

Download the 2014 UberCloud Compendium of Case Studies

December 23, 2014 in UberCloud Voice December 2014

2014 Compendium

If you haven’t done yet we encourage you to download our 2014 UberCloud Compendium with case studies from industry end-users about their UberCloud experiments with real engineering applications in the cloud. The UberCloud Experiment started in July 2012, with a discussion about cloud adoption in technical computing and a long list of cloud computing challenges and potential solutions. We decided to explore these further, hands-on, and the idea of the UberCloud Experiment was born. Since then over 160 experiments have been conducted, joined by our community of 2500 companies and individuals, among them 50+ cloud resource providers and 80+ engineering software vendors. Following the 2013 Compendium of case studies, we are proud to present this 2014 Compendium of 17 selected case studies from computational fluid dynamics, material analysis, life sciences, and financial services. It documents the results of the teams, their findings, challenges, lessons learned, and recommendations.

Workstations – Servers – Clouds – Comparing apples to apples

December 18, 2014 in UberCloud Voice December 2014

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A little decision support for the undecided:  A recent survey in 25 HPC and CAE LinkedIn groups regarding engineers’ concerns about cloud computing was conducted by UberCloud and revealed that many engineers tend to compare the benefits of workstations versus servers versus clouds in a somewhat misinformed way. In fact, most of them compare the positive aspects of their workstation with the (apparent) roadblocks of the cloud. However a better way to look for viable alternatives is to compare the two more powerful solutions and check which one is more reasonable for you: in-house HPC server (apples) versus remote HPC cloud (apples), and NOT versus your own workstation (orange) which already proved to be useless for your more complex, more challenging tasks. Servers against clouds! And HERE it is.

Google Embraces Docker, the Next Big Thing in Cloud Computing

December 10, 2014 in UberCloud Voice December 2014

Docker

Google is putting its considerable weight behind Docker an open source technology which the UberCloud Marketplace technology is based on and that’s already one of the hottest new ideas in the world of cloud computing. You can think of it as a shipping container for things on the internet – a tool that lets online software makers neatly package their creations so they can rapidly move them from machine to machine to machine. On the modern internet – where software runs across hundreds or even thousands of machines – this is no small thing. Google sees Docker as something that can change the way we think about building software, making it easier for anyone to instantly tap massive amounts of computing power. In other words, Google sees Docker as something that can help everyone else do what it has been doing for years. Read the entire article in WIRED here.

Democratising the Cloud Marketplace with UberCloud

December 10, 2014 in UberCloud in the Media

Wolfgang 2014 - 2Two years ago, Wolfgang Gentzsch and Burak Yenier co-founded UberCloud, a cloud marketplace where engineers and scientists can discover, try and buy a range of cloud computing solutions. As well as improving the ease of access and the variety of options available to scientists and engineers, the platform also gives a level playing field to industry titans and smaller, niche vendors alike. Dataconomy caught with Gentzsch to discuss the intricacies of their product, the impact it will make on the democratization of high performance technical computing in the cloud, and why two years down the line, a direct competitor to UberCloud has yet to emerge. See the full interview HERE.

Cycle Computing Powers 70,000-core Amazon AWS Cluster for HGST

December 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

stowe-150x150In this slidecast, Jason Stowe from Cycle Computing describes how the company enabled HGST to spin up a 70,000-core cluster from AWS and then return it 8 hours later. “One of HGST’s engineering workloads seeks to find an optimal advanced drive head design, taking 30 days to complete on an in-house cluster. In layman terms, this workload runs 1 million simulations for designs based upon 22 different design parameters running on 3 drive media Running these simulations using an in-house, specially built simulator, the workload takes approximately 30 days to complete on an internal cluster.” Read the full story in in insideHPC HERE.

Dow Seeks Chemistry Between Clusters And Cloud

December 2, 2014 in UberCloud Voice December 2014

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Dow Chemical Company has to provide local compute and storage for running modeling and simulation applications at multiple facilities. But it wants to be able to run applications across those facilities in such a way that it can drive up cluster utilization, and it is also exploring how it might make use of public cloud capacity to supplement its on-site clusters. Dow is also looking into some challenges with cloud computing. The ISV applications that Dow is using in its research and development efforts can, in theory, run on the public cloud, but this software was tuned to run on bare metal, not on virtualized systems and networks. Moreover, software vendors are just now working out their licensing for public clouds. Another issue is that for some simulations that Dow runs, the output from the simulations is quite large. Read the entire article  on EnterpriseTech HERE.

Massive Solutions announces beta version of its Virtual Supercomputer (VSC)

December 1, 2014 in UberCloud Voice December 2014

December 01, 2014 – European HPC system software developer and UberCloud partner Massive Solutions, announces the beta version of their computational cloud service platform, codenamed Virtual Supercomputer (VSC). The service provides secure Internet access to HPC cluster resources and applications on demand. Registered beta-testers will receive 500 core-hours to evaluate VSC service platform functionality for free. VSC

InfiniBand standard and KVM virtualization technology provide high performance, scalability, data security and flexibility, to meet the needs of commercial and academic users. VSC will take minutes to deploy a specific user configuration and the VCS appliance provides 24/7 automation and isolation of allocated hardware, system data and user data. More information and the access to the beta program can be found HERE.

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

November 30, 2014 in UberCloud Voice December 2014, UberCloud Voice November 2014

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.

UberCloud participant Rajkumar Buyya has been elevated to IEEE’s highest honor

November 30, 2014 in UberCloud Voice December 2014

Raj BuyyaProfessor Rajkumar Buyya from the Department of Computing & Information Systems at the University of Melbourne, and head of the Cloud Computing and Distributed Systems (CLOUDS) Laboratory, has been elevated to IEEE Fellow by the IEEE Board, for his ground-breaking contributions to cloud computing. IEEE, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. In addition to his research, books, and articles, Prof. Buyya also founded Manjrasoft which is  focused on the creation of innovative software technologies for simplifying the development and deployment of applications on private or public Clouds.

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

November 25, 2014 in UberCloud in the Media, UberCloud Voice November 2014

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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

November 24, 2014 in UberCloud Voice November 2014

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?

November 21, 2014 in UberCloud Voice November 2014, Uncategorized

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

November 8, 2014 in UberCloud Voice November 2014

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

November 7, 2014 in UberCloud in the Media, UberCloud Voice November 2014

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

November 6, 2014 in UberCloud Voice November 2014

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 ?

November 2, 2014 in UberCloud Voice November 2014

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.

Reviving American Manufacturing Means Moving To The Left

November 2, 2014 in UberCloud Voice December 2014

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In a recent Manufacturing Business Technology article Tobin McGregor, a consultant with MSC Software Corporation, suggests how to create new manufacturing jobs in America which got lost over the last 20 years when hundreds of thousands of American manufacturing jobs have disappeared and moved to countries with cheap labor. American manufacturers can’t expect to compete on labor costs, but they can level the playing field with low-cost producers by moving to product design, development, and manufacturing processes. Moving to the left means completely integrating the product design and production processes utilizing well-established technologies such as computer aided design, modeling and simulation, and product life cycle management into a new collaboration framework. This new product development environment will take enough cost out of product development and enough waste out of manufacturing. It will also accelerate the pace of innovation so sharply that low-cost producers can’t catch up. Read the entire article HERE.

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

October 18, 2014 in UberCloud Voice November 2014

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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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October 17, 2014 in UberCloud Voice October 2014

NICE Software – Sponsor of this Newsletter

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NICE Grid & Cloud solutions increase user productivity to access applications and computing resources. Our products empower Grid & Cloud infrastructures by increasing usability and user-friendliness, without sacrificing flexibility and control. Desktop Cloud Visualization is the remote 3D visualization technology that enables users to connect to OpenGL and Direct/X applications running in a data center.

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Cloud Provider CPU24/7 joins UberCloud Marketplace with OpenFOAM Solution

October 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

The partnership brings together two premium computing companies to offer cloud-enabled solutions for engineers and scientist

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 UberCloud, a cloud computing marketplace allowing engineers, scientists and their service providers to offer and use applications in the cloud, 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.

OpenFOAM is a free, open source CFD software package developed by ESI-OpenCFD Ltd at ESI. It has a large user base across most areas of engineering and science. OpenFOAM has an extensive range of features to solve anything from complex fluid flows involving chemical reactions, turbulence and heat transfer, to solid dynamics and electromagnetics. OpenFOAM is now available fully integrated with CPU 24/7 cloud resources on the UberCloud online marketplace providing efficient and optimized remote access to off-the-shelf OpenFOAM based applications running on virtual desktop environments in the cloud.

“The UberCloud marketplace is an open and transparent market for HPC On Demand services, enabling engineers and scientists to find the appropriate HPC On Demand solution, to compare and purchase them at the press of a button. In fact, it is a great opportunity to easily access temporary and scalable computing resources that allow organizations to run more complex and accurate simulations, said Dr.-Ing. Matthias Reyer, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder of CPU 24/7. “Together with UberCloud, CPU 24/7 offers cloud customers easy access to leading edge HPC-Cloud enabling CAE solutions through our easy to use Cloud portal, called Resource Area.”

CPU 24/7 currently offers two OpenFOAM cloud products on the UberCloud Marketplace, with more products being introduced to the UberCloud marketplace in the next few months, together with several dozens of cloud-enabled products from other CAE software vendors. According to UberCloud’s CEO Burak Yenier, there are currently 15 software providers (ISVs) in UberCloud’s development pipeline, with more than 60 service products for the marketplace.

“CPU 24/7 is one of the first cloud resource providers which approached us to get on the UberCloud marketplace,” added Wolfgang Gentzsch, President of the UberCloud. “We are very pleased to jointly offer two different kinds of products on the UberCloud marketplace: an OpenFOAM Fluid Dynamics ‘starter edition’ for 1,000 core hours and a ‘standard edition’ for 10,000 core hours targeted to the European HPC service market; and more to come.”

ABOUT CPU 24/7
CPU 24/7, based in Potsdam and with data centres in Berlin and Hamburg, specializes in providing scalable High Performance Computing (HPC) power “as a service” for applications related to Computer-Aided-Engineering (CAE) such as Computational Fluid Dynamics and Computational Structural Mechanics. As such, CPU 24/7 offers on-demand computing power resources and provides custom-made and dedicated HPC systems and capabilities with a ready-to-run and remote workstation environment as an all-inclusive package taking in the HPC instance on bare metal servers, interconnection, data traffic, storage, comprehensive support, security and software, like OpenFOAM. HPC remote resources are available either as flexibly and online bookable computing capacities for a limited period of time (Resource Area) or also as continuous state-of-the-art HPC systems geared to one’s individual needs. Either way, CPU 24/7 provides users with a completely pre-configured and easy-to-use workstation environment so that customers are able to run their calculations and simulations remotely like they normally would do on a desktop pc. For more information please visit http://www.cpu-24-7.com.

ABOUT The UberCloud
The UberCloud started in 2012 with inviting the wider technical computing community of engineers and scientists and their service providers to participate in real-life hands-on experiments to move and run the end-users applications in the cloud. 155 of these experiments have been performed so far and the challenges carefully investigated. Based on this experience, the UberCloud online marketplace platform has been developed. Today, end-users and service providers have one common access point for technical computing in the cloud: the UberCloud information, community, experiment, and online marketplace to discover, try, and buy computing on demand. For more information please visit https://www.TheUberCloud.com.

Cloud Provider CPU24/7 joins UberCloud Marketplace with OpenFOAM Solution

October 17, 2014 in UberCloud in the Media, UberCloud Voice October 2014

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

October 13, 2014 in UberCloud Voice October 2014

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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

October 9, 2014 in UberCloud Voice October 2014

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

October 7, 2014 in UberCloud Voice October 2014

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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)

October 6, 2014 in UberCloud Voice October 2014

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

October 6, 2014 in UberCloud Voice October 2014

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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?

October 5, 2014 in UberCloud Voice October 2014

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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.

UberCloud to Host NICE Software Solutions in the UberCloud Marketplace

September 29, 2014 in Uncategorized

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Heidelberg, Germany, September 29, 2014 – UberCloud, a cloud computing marketplace allowing engineers, scientists and their service providers to implement end-users applications in the cloud, and NICE Software, a company dedicated to providing Technical Cloud Products and Solutions to customers worldwide, announced today the development of Cloud-enabled NICE software solutions for the UberCloud marketplace. The announcement was shared at the annual ISC Cloud Conference, an event organizing 200 researchers, engineers and consultants to discuss the latest innovations in cloud computing. In this collaboration, both companies will offer cloud-enabled NICE DCV and EnginFrame, an advanced commercial grid portal used in a variety of industries. The two will offer professional support and integrate with application software vendors, such as ANSYS, in the cloud.

NICE DCV will soon arrive to the UberCloud online marketplace to deliver efficient and optimized remote access for graphic-intensive, off-the-shelf 3D applications running on desktop environments in the cloud. The software integrates seamlessly with major CAD, CAE, Petro-technical, medical and scientific visualization software, and is encrypted based on enterprise level security standards. NICE DCV allows sharing of a physical GPU in the cloud between multiple sessions, while offering full graphic acceleration and high-end workstation-class performance. The comprehensive NICE EnginFrame Views session management portal integrates with all major HPC schedulers to distribute and manage remote 3D sessions while maintaining the utmost security. NICE DCV is certified for various ISVs and provides the highest compatibility, quality and performance of Remote 3D Visualization support for dozens of ISV products currently in the cloud. Based on the performance, scalability and reliable features of NICE DCV, graphic processing unit manufacturer NVIDIA has introduced NICE as a key Virtualization Solution Partner.

For companies that are curious on how to effectively implement and deploy the targeted Remote 3D and HPC to production operations, NICE offers consulting packages to help any customer move seamlessly into using NICE software solutions.

“Working with the UberCloud marketplace opens NICE to a new and exciting market and online sales channel fostering the presence in the cloud market with an amazingly simple shopping experience for our customers with a focus on the HPC-cloud,” said Dr. Karsten Gaier of Italian NICE Software at the ISC Cloud Conference. “Together with UberCloud, NICE offers cloud customers easy access to the NICE leading edge HPC-Cloud enabling solutions in the domain of Remote 3D Visualization and easy to use HPC management portals.”

NICE products will be introduced to the UberCloud marketplace later in 2014, together alongside several dozens of cloud-enabled products from other software vendors. According to UberCloud’s CEO Burak Yenier, there are currently 15 software providers in UberCloud’s development pipeline, with more than 60 service products for the marketplace.

“NICE was one of the first software companies which approached us to get on the UberCloud marketplace,” added Wolfgang Gentzsch, President of the UberCloud. “We are very pleased to jointly offer three different kinds of products on the UberCloud marketplace: reselling NICE DCV as is; bundling DCV for the cloud together with other ISV software like ANSYS; and packaging professional services for those who want it ready to go.”

ABOUT NICE SOFTWARE

NICE delivers Technical Cloud Products and Solutions, to worldwide customers, boosting productivity, saving money on IT and enabling faster design cycles and collaboration. NICE helps centralizing, optimizing and consolidating HPC and visualization resources while empowering distributed and mobile Engineering workforces to run batch and interactive applications anywhere, with any client. NICE also allows engineering teams around the world to collaborate by sharing application sessions over standard networks. For more information, please visit http://www.nice-software.com.

ABOUT THE UBERCLOUD

The UberCloud started in 2012 with inviting the wider technical computing community of engineers and scientists and their service providers to participate in real-life hands-on experiments to move and run the end-users applications in the cloud. 155 of these experiments have been performed so far and the challenges carefully investigated. Based on this experience, the UberCloud online marketplace platform has been developed. Today, end-users and service providers have one common access point for technical computing in the cloud: the UberCloud information, community, experiment, and online marketplace to discover, try, and buy computing on demand. For more information, please visit https://www.TheUberCloud.com.

Contact: Wolfgang Gentzsch, President, The UberCloud
Email: [email protected]
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UberCloud to Host NICE Software Solutions in the UberCloud Marketplace

September 29, 2014 in UberCloud in the Media, UberCloud Voice September 2014

NICE-Test-Drive-DCV-200x126UberCloud Paving the Way to High Performance Computing as a ServiceUberCloud and NICE Software, a company dedicated to providing Technical Cloud Products and Solutions to customers worldwide, announce the development of Cloud-enabled NICE software solutions for the UberCloud marketplace. The announcement was shared at the annual ISC Cloud Conference, an event organizing researchers, engineers and consultants to discuss innovations in cloud computing. In this collaboration, both companies will offer cloud-enabled NICE DCV and EnginFrame, an advanced commercial grid portal used in a variety of industries. The two will offer professional support and integrate with application software vendors, such as ANSYS, in the cloud. See the full announcement HERE.

StartupHPC Meetup at SC14 Beefs Up Agenda

September 25, 2014 in UberCloud Voice October 2014

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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

September 25, 2014 in UberCloud Voice October 2014

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.

PLEASE Vote Now: UberCloud Among the 5 Finalists for HPCwire Award

September 22, 2014 in UberCloud Voice September 2014

HPCwireThanks to your great engagement in the August pre-election for the 2014 HPCwire Readers Choice Award, The UberCloud reached this year’s finals in the category of “Best Use of HPC in the Cloud”.

If you have not done yet, please vote again for the UberCloud Community which we all belong to. To do so, please go to the HPCwire Website,  click on the “Begin Now” button,  then scroll down to Category 8 (Best use of HPC in the cloud),  and check the box “The UberCloud Project for helping bring HPC to the wider masses”.  The deadline is October 3. Thank You!

What’s Still Missing for HPC Users in Manufacturing

September 22, 2014 in UberCloud Voice September 2014

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We’ve heard quite a bit about the “missing middle” in high performance computing, particularly in reference to the manufacturing sector. However, for those manufacturers who have already adopted HPC hardware and tools into their environments, there are still some gaps—despite the obvious benefits and increasing investments some companies at the recent EnterpriseHPC event in Carlsbad described in great detail. During the HPC in Engineering panel moderated by NCSA’s Merle Giles, high performance computing leads at Rolls Royce, Cummins Inc., Mercury Marine, and others discussed the opportunities and pain points for their use of advanced modeling and simulation. Read Nicole Hemsoth’s article in HPCwire HERE.

UberCloud and Scientific Computing World Enter into Media Partnership

September 17, 2014 in UberCloud in the Media, UberCloud Voice September 2014

For the UberCloud to reach out to scientists and researchers in academia and research centers, The UberCloud and Scientific Computing World entered into a joint media partnership committing to cross-publish computing-relevant stories which are of interest to both communities. Scientific Computing World is a leading magazine for scientists, researchers and engineers who use technical computing in their work, thus nicely complementing the UberCloud’s focus on technical computing on demand, in the cloud.

Six Myths of HPC for Engineering Simulation

September 11, 2014 in UberCloud Voice September 2014

Based on many conversations with engineers at the recent ANSYS Convergence Conferences, Wim Slagter, Lead Product Manager for HPC at ANSYS, came across some myths and misconceptions about high-performance computing (HPC) for engineering simulation. In his blog he is sharing six really striking ones:Wim Slagter

  1. HPC is available on supercomputers only
  2. HPC is only useful for CFD simulations
  3. I don’t need HPC – my job is running fast enough
  4. Without internal IT support, HPC cluster adoption is undoable
  5. Parallel scalability is all about the same, right?
  6. HPC software and hardware are relative expensive

In this first blog, highlighted at insideHPC, Wim Slagter addresses the first 3 myths HERE.

Converging Interconnect Requirements for HPC and Warehouse Scale Computing

September 5, 2014 in UberCloud Voice September 2014

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At the next San Francisco High Performance Computing Meetup, Wednesday September 17, 7:00 PM at Geekdom SF on 620 Folsom Street, San Francisco, John Shalf, CTO @ NERSC and Department Head for Computer Science for the Computing Research Division @ Lawrence Berkeley Lab, will talk about Converging Interconnect Requirements for HPC & Warehouse Scale Computing. This talk will discuss the emerging trends towards convergence of cloud and HPC interconnect requirements due to both market forces and increasingly aligned performance requirements. Please see details about John’s talk HERE. This event starts with a Welcome Reception and includes some time for socializing after John’s talk.

Researchers Merge Cloud Computing and Supercomputing

September 5, 2014 in UberCloud Voice September 2014

Dreher-VoukWe found a very interesting article from earlier this year from Tiffany Trader over at HPCwire describing  work from Patrick Dreher and Mladen Vouk at North Carolina State University in partnership with the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) who have successfully demonstrated a proof-of-concept for a novel high-performance cloud computing platform by merging a cloud computing environment with a supercomputer. The proof-of-concept implementations show that a fully functioning production cloud computing environment can be completely embedded within a supercomputer, thereby enabling the cloud’s users to benefit from the underlying HPC hardware infrastructure. See Tiffany Trader’s article in HPCwire HERE.

Take HPC to the cloud – in a container

September 4, 2014 in UberCloud in the Media, UberCloud Voice September 2014

IMG_6785Since the days of the early Beowulf Clusters in the late 1990s, esteemed colleagues in our engineering and science community have regularly predicted that High Performance Computing (HPC) for the masses was at the door. But the door has remained firmly shut. Beowulfs were so easy to build; grids connect every researcher to powerful supercomputers; and clouds offer computing on demand at your fingertips. But where are the masses of users? Haven’t they recognized that this massive compute power is there, just waiting for them? UberCloud’s Wolfgang Gentzsch – in this Opinion piece from Scientific Computing World –  provides an analysis of good reasons why he believes HPC is now available for a broader public, enabled among others, by brand-new container technology.

Join ISC Big Data Conference in Heidelberg Oct 1- 2

September 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

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This year’s ISC Big Data conference takes place in Heidelberg, Germany, October 1 and 2. The conference will present attendees with the latest developments in data-centric computing from both industry players and researchers. The conference theme – From Data to Knowledge – reflects the nature of all big data applications, encapsulating the challenges as well as the solutions. ISC Big Data will explore all aspects of that data-to-knowledge path. At center-stage is Hadoop, a rapidly evolving parallel framework for digesting some of the largest datasets in the world. But there are many other software solutions from a growing array of companies offering alternatives to Hadoop. This surge of solutions reflects not only the relative youth of the big data market, but its application diversity as well. Please see the full conference program HERE.

UberCloud CEO Burak Yenier at the San Francisco HPC Meetup

September 4, 2014 in UberCloud in the Media, UberCloud Voice September 2014

BurakA new San Francisco Meetup Group has been founded recently in the area of High Performance Computing. Their Kick-Off Meeting took place on August 20 at 19:00, on Rackspace premises in San Francisco. One of the speakers was UberCloud CEO Burak Yenier, who summarized the recent developments and achievements at UberCloud (i.e. the community, experiment, technology, and marketplace) and provided a demo about how the marketplace works behind the scene. Please see Burak’s presentation on YouTube HERE.

 

 

Chris Swan about the new Docker containers: Present and Future

September 3, 2014 in UberCloud Voice September 2014

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Docker is an open source toolset for Linux containers designed to ‘build, ship and run’ distributed applications. It is the most important technology behind our UberCloud Marketplace. Last year in June we started enhancing Docker for high performance computing applications. Today, the UberCloud Marketplace engineering and scientific application codes are sitting in Docker Containers, ready for the end-user to be accessed on demand, in any Cloud, within seconds. Recently a nice piece about Docker has been written by Chris Swan, the CTO at CohesiveFT, a provider of cloud networking software. Chris article can be found HERE.

Two ways to upgrade your workstation

August 26, 2014 in UberCloud Voice August 2014

Graph_opt_620Workstation performance and capacity increase up to 6-fold every three years, the same way as your 3D models grow over this time, according to recent results from Lenovo demonstrated in the image on the right, copied from a report which is available through Desktop Engineering HERE. In addition to regularly upgrading your workstation, the second way of getting to additional high-performance compute capacity is in using computing on demand, at your finger tip, in the cloud. One of the most recent articles in Desktop Engineering about CAE in the Cloud describes this option in more detail.

NSF Rolls Out Innovative Cloud Testbeds

August 25, 2014 in UberCloud Voice August 2014

CloudLab-logoThe National Science Foundation (NSF) announced funding for two cloud testbeds, named “Chameleon” and “CloudLab.” A total award of $20 million to be split evenly between the projects will enable the academic research community to create and experiment with novel cloud architectures and potentially transformative applications. Along with developing next-generation cloud systems, the programs emphasize the importance of forward-looking applications related to medical devices, power grids, and transportation systems. Both “Chameleon” and “CloudLab” are underway and will ramp up over the next two years. Read more in HPCwire HERE.

Box Powers Cloud Collaboration for Leading Life Sciences Organizations

August 21, 2014 in UberCloud Voice August 2014

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LOS ALTOS, Calif.– Box today announced that leading pharmaceutical and life sciences organizations Jazz Pharmaceuticals and Boston Scientific Corporation have recently chosen Box as their primary platform for managing and collaborating on content. These companies join Box’s growing pharmaceutical and life sciences customer base, which includes AstraZeneca, Eli Lilly and Company, Edwards Lifesciences and others. “For companies like Boston Scientific, the ability to securely store and access content across a vast network of employees and platforms is invaluable.”

2014 UberCloud Compendium of Case Studies

August 19, 2014 in Downloads, UberCloud Compendium

Container harbour 2This document 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 organizations. It is a collection of selected case studies written by the participants in Rounds 3 and 4 of the ambitious UberCloud HPC Experiment. Among these case studies you will unquestionably 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 Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Computer Aided Engineering (CAE), Structural Analysis, weather and climate research, finance, and life-sciences.

The UberCloud Compendium of Case Studies 2014 has been generously sponsored by Intel Corporation and Desktop Engineering.

Published: June 15, 2014
Pages: 80
Authors: Wolfgang Gentzsch, Burak Yenier, John Kirkley.
Foreword: Dr. Stephen R. Wheat, General Manager, High Performance Computing Intel Corp.
Availability: This document is available to members of the UberCloud community.

Please login to download the report. If you don’t have an account, you can register for free using the UberCloud registration form.

Wolfgang Gentzsch on the Changing Landscape for ISC Cloud’14

August 17, 2014 in UberCloud Voice August 2014

rich-150x150Wolfgang Gentzsch, UberCloud FounderThe ISC Cloud Conference returns to Heidelberg next month. Rich Brueckner (left) caught up with conference chair Wolfgang Gentzsch to learn more. ““While today business Clouds are easy to access and use, R&D Clouds have not yet reached this level, with their sophisticated applications and architectures. It’s a similar difference with business applications versus HPC applications; it takes a few hours to start using a CRM application on Salesforce.com’s platform, while it still might take a week or two for an engineer to get an application with ANSYS Fluent or Simulia’s Abaqus up and running in the Cloud.” Read the full interview HERE.

DoE Grant to Bolster Welding Simulation in the Cloud

August 17, 2014 in UberCloud Voice August 2014

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The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Engineering Mechanics Corporation of Columbus (Emc2) and its partners $1 million to develop a cloud-based tool that will simulate welding processes employed in the manufacture of metallic products. “Small and mid-sized manufacturing firms need improved weld-fabrication processes to ensure improved quality at lower costs to remain globally competitive,” said Frederick “Bud” Brust, Ph.D., senior research leader at Emc2. “A sophisticated high performance computing based tool will be accessible to SMM firms on a supercomputer center to easily permit use of these tools at affordable prices.” Read the full article at insideHPC.

Academic HPC and Cloud Services Start to Blur

August 17, 2014 in UberCloud Voice August 2014

Michael ReschAt the fifth ISC Cloud Conference this September, the Stuttgart HPC Center (HLRS) director Michael Resch will present the keynote on HPC & Simulation in the Cloud – How Academia & Industry Can Benefit. This keynote is of special interest to cloud skeptics, given that prior to 2011, Resch himself was a vocal cloud pessimist. He had characterized cloud computing as hype about three years ago and predicted it would eventually go away.

Wolfgang Gentzsch, Chairman of the ISC Cloud Conference and President of the UberCloud caught up with Resch who explained why he has come to think much more favorably of HPC cloud in recent years. Read the full interview with Michael Resch on HPCwire HERE.

Consider CAE in the Cloud

August 11, 2014 in UberCloud in the Media, UberCloud Voice August 2014

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The benefits that engineers and scientists can expect from using technical computing in research, design and development processes can be huge: Cost savings, shorter time to market, better quality, less product failures, to name a few.

In this article, you can find details on the benefits of CAE in the Cloud for your business along with the details of four projects which took advantage of this technique.

Read the Consider CAE in the Cloud article at Desktop Engineering website

Register Now for ISC Cloud and ISC Big Data Conferences

August 5, 2014 in UberCloud Voice August 2014

ISC_cloud_logoISC’14 in Leipzig was a good opportunity for Wolfgang Gentzsch, Chairman of ISC Cloud, and Sverre Jarp, Chairman of ISC Big Data, to announce their upcoming conferences in September (29-30) and October (1-2) in Heidelberg, Germany. ISC Cloud starts with a tutorial about hands-on getting into the Cloud, learning every step from your workstation or desktop, going into the Cloud and getting data back. The conference continues with research and industry sessions presented by experienced end users, resource and software providers who report about their expertise with the Cloud, so that participants can go home with a bag full of lessons learned and recommendations. See the ISC Cloud Website and Registration HERE.

Webinar on July 31st: CFD Simulation in the Autodesk Cloud

August 5, 2014 in UberCloud in the Media, UberCloud Voice August 2014

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Case Study Recording: CFD Simulation in the Autodesk Cloud

In this webinar, which took place July 31, we are looking at case study where Mark A. Lobo, P.E. from Lobo Engineering PLC used cloud computing to simulate a severe service control valve with Autodesk’s cloud-enabled Simulation CFD software. Mark talks about his application and the end-to-end process of preparing the application on his workstation, sending the data to the Autodesk cloud, performing many simulations, getting results back to his workstation, and finally performing the visualization and evaluation. Jon den Hartog, Autodesk Sr. Product Line Manager, explains the software, resources, and support provided along the way. See the webinar recording HERE.

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August 5, 2014 in UberCloud Voice August 2018, UberCloud Voice July 2018, UberCloud Voice September 2018

UberCloudLogoJoin our UberCloud community for this free monthly newsletter, read compelling feature stories in engineering & science in the cloud, get informed about the progress with our UberCloud Application Software Containers, our regular free webinars presenting hot topics in engineering and scientific computing, closely follow our UberCloud Experiment teams, their progress, and their case studies, or look for great engineering & scientific application cloud solutions on our UberCloud Marketplace. Just request your monthly newsletter HERE. You can unsubscribe any time.

Wolfgang Gentzsch talks to TM Forum about UberCloud

July 31, 2014 in UberCloud in the Media

May 2014 – TM Forum Inform online magazine

Wolfgang Gentzsch, President, UberCloud, talks to TM Forum Editor Dawn Bushaus about UberCloud technical computing community and marketplace.

http://inform.tmforum.org/featured/2014/05/wolfgang-gentzsch-ubercloud/

PLEASE VOTE NOW: UberCloud for 2014 HPCwire Readers Choice Award

July 23, 2014 in UberCloud Voice July 2014

Dear Colleagues: Please nominate UberCloud for the 2014 HPCwire Readers’ Choice Award! The annual awards are a way to recognize the best innovators within the HPC community. Nominations will close on August 22.  Answering the 3 questions will take not more than 30 seconds.  Please enter the nomination questionnaire HERE, and provide the following answers:HPCwire
1. For which category would you like to make a nomination?     Answer: Best use of HPC in the Cloud
2. Which organization etc. would you like to nominate for this category?     Answer:     The UberCloud
3. Please give an (up to) 120 word description on why this organization should be considered for this award.  Answer (copy & past into questionnaire): UberCloud provides an online community, experiment, education, and marketplace for engineers to discover, try, and buy compute power, application software, and expertise on demand, in the Cloud. This way, UberCloud contributes to the democratization of HPC for the wider masses.

PS: With the 2013 UberCloud Compendium of HPC Cloud case studies, UberCloud has been the winner of the 2013 Award, thank you all very much! The 2013 Compendium, and the 2014 Compendium are available for download.

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