If I had to choose a winner for the Best ACTor in 2012, It would be Oticon A/S in Denmark, a world-leading developer of hearing aids. I’ll tell you more about that company later. But first, let’s talk about ACTing and ACTors. ACT is ANSYS’ Application Customization Toolkit. It can help to capture analysts’ expertise and know-how as well as give non-expert users access to advanced models, among other things. But why is this tool so important?
I keep hearing people say that “there are no better codes than our in-house codes, as they are perfectly fitted for a given application.” But the reality is: The cost of developing and maintaining in-house codes — not to mention issues related to an integrated environment (CAD integration, meshing, post-processing, optimization and DoE) — simply makes the practice unsustainable. Continue reading
What do iPhones and 3-D printers, drones and self-driving cars, cloud computing and composites airliners all have in common? They are all man made, made by minds and hands, made by those with expertise in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Referred to as STEM, it is the foundation for a U.S. education initiative. Yet we seem to learn daily about the coming shortage of engineers and scientists.
From corporate boardrooms and the halls of ivory towers to humble classrooms at high schools with a few dozen students, leaders in technology and education are looking for answers to the same question. How can we improve education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics?
National Robotics Week provided us with a unique opportunity to answer this question. Development of robots is a challenging field that combines many engineering disciplines. Most robotics endeavors require knowledge of at least electrical, mechanical and software engineering. When students are exposed to robotics, they gain invaluable broad-based experience in these and other STEM fields. Continue reading
Happy Monday everyone! Each week I like to share our ANSYS webinars for the week with you, but this week I’d like to also invite you to take advantage of additional content we post on our social channels. Whether you’re a Twitter aficionado, a Facebook fan or love your Google+, you’ll find ANSYS posting content keeping you up-to-date on the latest in engineering simulation. You can find a full listing of the social channels we participate in at Social@ANSYS.
Join the simulation conversation, won’t you?
Okay, are you ready to advance your knowledge by attending some great ANSYS webinars? Here’s this week’s line up. Register today!
Happy Friday, folks! This week, we look at interesting engineering technology articles ranging from the first braille smartphone to the costs of the Cloud.
We’re just a few days from kicking off our North American regional Convergence conferences. What better way to pique your interest than by channeling our “inner-David Letterman” to create our own:
Top 10 Reasons to Attend an ANSYS Convergence Regional Conference.
10. Two Words: FREE FOOD! (and no charge to attend)
9. Meet with ANSYS Partners to Learn About Their Solutions
8. Network With Others Who Have Benefited from Simulation Software
7. Experts from ANSYS Discuss How You Can Gain an Advantage
6. Targeted Program Tracks Focus on Industry, Fluid Dynamics, Structural Mechanics and Electronics
5. Posters! View Topics We Couldn’t Cram Into the Agenda
4. Sneak Preview: ANSYS 15.0
3. Keynote Speakers: Learn from Thought Leaders in the Industry Continue reading
Happy Monday everyone! Can you believe it’s going to be MAY this week? I took a peek at the schedule for our upcoming events and there’s something for everyone, so make sure you check out the full calendar.
What’s on tap for this week? Here’s the list and descriptions. Make sure you register today so you don’t miss out!
In the first part of this two-part post about tablet computing and running ANSYS Mechanical, I laid out the specs of each of the tablets I tested. Now I’ll take a deeper dive and compare their performance related to computation and battery life.
Tablet Computing Performance Study
When comparing the performance of these two tablets, I used a high-end workstation as a baseline for which to compare the results, since a majority of engineers still perform FEA simulations on workstations or servers. This workstation contains two Intel Xeon E5-2670 processors (2.93 GHz), 128 GB of RAM, and a 500 GB SSD; it runs the 64-bit version of Windows 7. I ran ANSYS simulations with two different equation solvers: sparse direct and PCG iterative. The sparse direct solver is computationally demanding and requires high compute rates for good performance. The PCG iterative solver works differently and requires high-memory bandwidth to achieve strong performance. Some interesting data came from these runs. Continue reading
You may recall my blog titled “From Supercomputers to Handhelds,” which discussed the concept of tablet computing capably running engineering simulations. As I mentioned, the tablet space is quickly evolving. My explorations continue on this subject today.
Looking back across time, technology advances have resulted in increased performance of computers relative to their size. When ANSYS was founded in 1970, finite element analysis (FEA) simulations were typically performed on large mainframes that filled entire rooms — these were the supercomputers of that era. Such large systems were necessary to run compute-intensive programs such as ANSYS software.
By the early 1990s, ANSYS simulations could be performed on personal computers (PCs). In those years, simulations on PCs were not nearly as large and complex as those being solved on larger servers, but PCs continued to evolve over time.
More recently, the distributed solver in the ANSYS Mechanical product family was developed to allow engineers to run FEA simulations on large clusters, which is the hardware of choice for today’s supercomputers. In fact, in 2008 several mechanical simulations were performed on one of the top 100 supercomputers in the world, using the Distributed ANSYS capability with calculations reaching over 1 Teraflop (over 1 trillion floating point operations per second).
Enough history. The purpose of this blog is to demonstrate that while ANSYS Mechanical software supports such speed and complexity required for the most numerically challenging and hardware-resource-intensive simulations, the power of a supercomputer is available in a device that fits into the palm of your hand. Continue reading