Wim is Marketing Director for High Performance Computing (HPC) and Cloud at ANSYS, Inc. In his role, he is also responsible for the overall design and execution of the global HPC & Cloud partner program within Corporate Marketing at ANSYS. Prior to that, Wim was the Lead Product Manager of HPC. Wim was also Corporate Product Manager for the CFD product line and the Business Manager for Explicit Dynamics and Offshore. Before joining ANSYS in 2003, Wim worked at MSC Software since 1994 in various management positions related to software development, consulting, and sales. Wim holds a Ph.D. degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands.
Many engineers are using powerful simulation software but are still not deploying HPC to the full extent. Case in point, I presume most of you have heard about the 24 Hours of Le Mans race. There is one starting June 17. I find it very exciting, not least because teams of three drivers per car compete to complete the most laps around the 13.629-km Circuit de la Sarthe in 24 hours! The race cars reach more than 320 km/h on the straightaway, spending most of the 24 hours at full throttle.
Imagine the roar of the engine drowning out the cheers of the crowds as you speed smoothly around the track in a finely tuned (thanks to simulation) race car. Now imagine the track is a country road or dirt road, not so smooth or speedy now, is it? Continue reading →
Some world records are the stuff of legend. The official land-speed record is 763 mph. The tallest man living measures 251 cm. The fastest ball bowled by any bowler is 100.23 mph and the heaviest vehicle pulled over a level, 100 ft course weighs 68,090 kg. Compared to these feats, records for supercomputing can seem a little flat. However, they are no less impressive and indeed, and stand to have a far greater impact on our day-to-day lives. Continue reading →
Although businesses are increasingly using cloud computing for engineering simulation, many misconceptions still surround cloud-based simulation.
This post debunks the leading misconceptions about cloud computing, and, in doing so, will assist engineering and IT managers, as well as directors, as they make decisions regarding computing resources. While dispelling these misconceptions, I will share resources and provide insight to help organizations steer around possible failure points as they consider cloud computing. Continue reading →
In the first part of this two-part post, I already addressed four of the eight cloud computing best practices that are fundamentally related to simulation data and end-user access. Now I’ll address best practices that are associated with licensing, HPC workloads, and business support for cloud deployments. Continue reading →
Rapid growth in the use of engineering simulation tools – and in the demand for high performance computing (HPC) – is driving interest in cloud computing. Using the cloud for simulation presents unique challenges with different solution types required for specific use-cases. For many years, I have been on this journey with customers adopting cloud computing. Quite a few of them has been enabled through the UberCloud project. Let me share some lessons learned and key takeaways. I will basically do that by means of eight “best practices”: Continue reading →
In my talks with engineering managers, flow analysts and IT staff, I often hear variants of this question. Why is more computing power a strategic asset for my engineering department? Why does scalability matter for my simulation jobs that don’t go beyond 32–64 cores in parallel? What’s in it for IT when we are stuck with our current HPC server or cluster for at least two years? Let me try to answer each of these questions. Continue reading →
While considering a switch to the cloud, many of you may wonder how ANSYS licensing will work there, and more in particular, when and how we will support a pay-per-use model. I have very good news for you. Along with your existing licenses, you can use our newly announced ANSYS Elastic LicensingTM. This is a new pay-per-use licensing model unlocking virtually every ANSYS product that is supported on cloud-hosting partner hardware. Continue reading →
Based on a recent announcement that ANSYS and Cray has smashed supercomputing records, an editor of a well-known magazine followed up on and asked me whether this achievement might help to compensate the slowdown of Moore’s Law. Although I was able to briefly respond, it was also end of the day and while driving home the question stayed in my head and was the origin of this blog. Continue reading →
When one of my friends asked me on Saturday night what I like about my job, I started off by saying that “there is never a dull moment in high-performance computing. The computing landscape is constantly changing, the HPC ecosystem collaborations are so numerous and intriguing, and the strategic/economic value of HPC for simulation has never been greater” (or: relevance of HPC for organizations to become more competitive is so compelling).
All of this was very evident at last week’s ISC conference — one of world’s largest high-performance computing events — drawing this year over 2,800 attendees from 56 countries. Let me share with you a few exciting HPC trends observed during this conference.
Today, we announced our new ANSYS Enterprise Cloud solution, a combined service and software solution designed to help our global accounts move simulation into the public cloud. Based on my own discussions with customers, the solution is well-matched to current trends and business challenges. Let me explain. Continue reading →