Privilege of Having Strong HPC Technology Partnerships

As each week begins, I realize what a privilege it is to work with leading HPC technology providers like Intel, NVIDIA, Dell, HP, IBM and many others. Apart from the pleasant inter-social aspects of our weekly meetings, these collaborations enable us to provide simulation solutions optimized on the latest computing platforms. I strongly believe this is necessary because the computing landscape changes so quickly. Our customers want to take advantage of the latest HPC technologies and expand the scope of what they can accomplish with simulation.

nvidia teslaOne example of a strong partnership is NVIDIA. As a result of this partnership, ANSYS and NVIDIA have developed GPU-accelerated solvers and algorithms across our full range of multiphysics solutions. We were one of the first commercial engineering simulation providers to introduce structural mechanics support of GPU computing, and we released the first major commercial GPU-accelerated fluid dynamics solver of its kind with ANSYS 15.0.

accelerating GPUs - HPC TechnologyIn addition, NVIDIA is helping us with developing specific guidelines and recommended hardware configurations. In particular, we want to let you know how both old and new hardware can benefit from the use of GPU acceleration, we want to provide you with tips to get the most out of GPU acceleration, and, last but not least, we want to give you insights on hardware requirements. For information on that, I’d encourage you to read this Tech Tip article on Accelerating Mechanical Solutions with GPUs, and/or to attend our upcoming webinar on “How to Speed Up ANSYS 15.0 with GPUs“.

hpc licenseIn addition, I’d like to point out the new HPC/GPU licensing with ANSYS 15.0 that enables a much wider use, so you can take advantage of both CPUs and GPUs. In the past, you needed an ANSYS HPC Pack license to benefit from GPU acceleration. But at release 15.0, GPU acceleration is enabled through all ANSYS HPC product licenses (ANSYS HPC, ANSYS HPC Pack, ANSYS HPC Workgroup and ANSYS HPC Enterprise). And, the software treats a GPU socket just like one CPU core. Each HPC task can then enable a CPU core or a GPU socket. So, even when you’re using just a few HPC licenses, you can already start benefiting from GPU acceleration!

I hope that our new HPC/GPU licensing will add a lot of value to you in terms of:

  • More flexibility – you can use whatever combination of CPU cores and GPUs is available
  • More speed – you can get the highest speedup with whatever combination of CPU cores and GPUs.
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About Wim Slagter

Wim is Director for High Performance Computing (HPC) and Cloud Alliances 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.