Workgroup Group Based Simulation – Accelerating Your Innovation

first_imgInteractive Modeling and Simulation – Come on you are kidding!!Recent advancements in mathematical modeling, computational algorithms, and the speed of computers based on technologies like the Intel® Xeon® processor 5500 series have brought the field of computer simulation to the threshold of a new era.  While not quite interactive, simulation and analysis can now occur at a pace that impacts decisions further upstream in the design process.  Simulation and analysis tools are also no longer the domain of the expert.  Organizations can now potentially achieve a more efficient product development process by considering a reordering of product design activities and empowering engineers with easy-to-use and powerful 3D conceptual design tools and early access to CAE applications.Why consider reordering your product development process?This is not new news. Manufacturers know that when product analysis or simulation results trail the detailed design process that product changes are become significantly expensive and will most likely negatively impact new product release schedules. Worse yet, they also realize that changes made downstream in any design cycle are often “last minute” and almost always imply compromises on original design goals. This, of course, cuts into the product performance and profits of the new or updated product. By reordering product design activities, manufactures may be able to achieve a more efficient product development process and reduce overall product development cost, time and risk.No experts needed.Don’t be fooled.  While ISV’s from ANSYS, ALTAIR, MSC, PTC, Siemens PLM, SIMLUIA, SolidWorks and others have made tremendous strides in making their simulation products easier to use, you probably still need an expert.  However, their collective advancements in tools, wrappers, and easy-to-use frameworks that guide the engineers through complex multi-physics analyses with drag-and-drop simplicity make it easier to move analysis further upstream.  That means your expert can now focus on the really hard problems.Workgroup Computing – Bringing “Real” HPC Computing To Your DepartmentUsing analysis and simulation to get results before the detailed design process begins will help ensure the CAD models meet performance requirements and will almost always mitigate last-minute and expensive design changes. Large scale compute intensive jobs used to require investments and/or access to a divisionally shared, large scale cluster housed in a controlled Data Center environment …supporting hundreds of users.While this may have been true a few years ago, the advancements in mathematical modeling, computational algorithms, and the speed of computers based on technologies like the Intel® Xeon® processor 5500 series now makes it possible to quickly and efficiently solve large scale problems closer to the engineers responsible for dealing with them, on compute clusters supporting small workgroups or departments of engineers vs. large scale clusters shared by hundreds of engineers. As an example let’s look at the Cray CX1™ deskside personal supercomputer.  Like others in this new usage category, it presents an organization with a solution that is the “right size” in performance, functionality, and cost for individuals and departmental workgroups who want to harness HPC without the complexity of traditional clusters.  Equipped with powerful Intel Xeon 5500 series processors the Cray CX1 delivers the power of a high performance cluster with the ease-of-use and seamless integration of a workstation. OK, You Can Give Me The Performance, But The Support Can Be A NightmareIntel® Cluster Ready makes HPC simpler.  It boosts productivity and solves new problems. The Intel® Cluster Ready program makes it simpler to experience the power of high-performance computing.  Intel Cluster Ready presents HPC users a certification program that is designed to establish a common specification among original equipment manufacturers, independent software vendors (ISVs) and others for designing, programming and deploying high performance clusters built with Intel components. For users, this certification means that these certified HPC systems will run a wide range of Intel Cluster Ready ISV applications right of the box.  Tested, validated and simple.By selecting a certified Intel Cluster Ready system for your registered Intel Cluster Ready applications you can be confident that hardware and software components will work together, right out of the box. Software tools such as Intel® Cluster Checker help ensure that those components continue to work together, delivering a high level of quality and a low total cost of ownership over the course of the cluster’s lifetime.To learn more about Intel HPC Technology visit

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