With a clear mission in mind, huge government funding and thousands of talented scientists, the early pioneers of space exploration were disrupting innovators, able to achieve what many thought impossible. Then organizations grew in size, and projects and goals multiplied while public funding was often in doubt. Despite other significant success, this led to a slowdown in the innovation pace. Now, another wave of innovators has come: Space 2.0 players.
With no history, no legacy of tools and processes and no constraints in workflow design, they were able in a few years to attract huge private funds and challenge the leadership of the big established players.
Both the old players and the newcomers rely on simulation, but I see a big difference in the results they get in terms of efficiency, costs and innovation pace. The secret is in how they implement it. Continue reading
In two previous blogs, Batch Computations and Remote Visualization, we have been introducing ANSYS EKM 15.0 and its new capabilities of creating and managing batch jobs, as well as remote visualization sessions. These web-based capabilities are easing the process of accessing compute resources in various ways. In one specific advantage, through system configuration, the users are provided pre-defined options and parameters, such that the resulting command line is always syntactically correct and aligned with the given IT policies. Continue reading
Have you ever wished that you had more resources in your desktop computer? Being a simulation engineer for more than a decade, I have often experienced the situation that I was running out of main memory while pre-processing or post-processing simulations in interactive mode. A workaround is and was to access dedicated resources that are typically located in the centralized location and exporting the display to the user’s machine.
However, such resources are typically available for other colleagues as well and, thus, aligning the load on the machine with others was always connected with communication effort. Secondly, spawning and managing existing remote visualization sessions can be a nightmare. Continue reading
Protecting the intellectual property associated with product and promise is of the highest concern for development oriented entities. Yet, during a typical security audit most fail on the basic fundamentals. Technology administrators are facing security challenges that are broad, volatile, moving targets that never sleep. In this high risk role, the responsibilities of administrators can become overwhelming, leading to risk assessment prioritization focused on the perimeter and external entry points, with lessor concern over the internal infrastructure, thus taking the position of “we’re safe because we’re behind the Firewall/VPN”.
Given the global proliferation of smartphones and various portable devices, nearly every product and service on the market provides authenticated access based upon internet standards. Further, such authentication increasingly takes place on both public and private wireless networks, thereby creating a target rich environment for security compromise and information leakage. While there are many facets to security issues worthy of discussion, the focus of this article centers around the HTTP and LDAP protocols as they relate to a secure implementation of ANSYS EKM – Engineering Knowledge Manager. Continue reading
Having visual information of simulation models and their results without having to open a corresponding post-processing tool can save you a lot of time. Products for extracting such information from simulation models are offered by ANSYS partners, such as VCollab from Visual Collaboration Technologies Inc. These tools are able to extract lightweight visualization data from various file formats, including the major ANSYS simulation file formats. Since the extraction comes with a compression of up to 98 percent, the files can be shared easily with designers/managers/suppliers — using email or as embedded result in a PowerPoint slide for interactive 3-D presentations/design reviews. Continue reading