Brain Simulation

While reading “Out of Our Minds” by Sir Ken Robinson —published in 2003 — one prediction that blew my mind was the possibilities of backing up our brain information. It was not convincing, even considering some forty odd years into the future. I did a Google Search to discover that actually the book quoted a prediction by renowned futurologist Dr. Ian Pearson.

“By about 2040, there will be a backup of our brains in a computer somewhere, so that when you die it won’t be a major career problem.” – Ian Pearson

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Moore’s Law Might Be Slowing Down, But Not Software Scalability

Based on last week’s 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

Solving the Impossible Electromagnetic Simulation with HPC

solving impossible electromagnetic simulation

I was speaking with an ANSYS HFSS developer about a year ago when he mentioned they were starting to see customers who wanted to run 3-D full wave electromagnetic field simulations that would need more than a terabyte of computer system memory, something this developer hadn’t been able to do before. Continue reading

Enterprise Simulation on the Public Cloud: Why Now?

ansys-enterprise-cloudToday, 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

Supercomputing Milestones via Partnerships

In a previous blog, I was expressing our privilege of having a strong HPC technology partnership with NVIDIA. Earlier this week, we announced a supercomputing milestone of scaling to 36,000 cores with fluid dynamics simulations being achieved thanks to a strategic partnership with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). Now, you may wonder what the relevance of this achievement is for you when you don’t have access to a supercomputer. Continue reading

Six Myths of High-Performance Computing (Part 2)

In the first part of this two-part post about high-performance computing, I already addressed three commonly-held myths associated with HPC. Now I’ll address three myths that are related to particular concerns about HPC adoption.

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Shorter Design Cycles and Multiple Iterations Within Easy Reach

You’ve heard all the talk about simulation-based design. You’ve listened to colleagues— maybe even some of your competitors — wax on about how doing robust simulation studies early on in the design cycle leads to more and better product ideas while also optimizing use of materials. In fact, you’re sold on the need to embrace advanced analysis, but you just don’t see how it’s feasible given the perceived complexity and cost of the simulation software — not to mention, the high-powered workstation gear. Continue reading

Six Myths of High-Performance Computing

six myths of high performance computingLooking back at my notes from conversations with many engineers during our recent ANSYS Convergence Conferences, I must admit that I still came across some myths and misconceptions about high-performance computing (HPC) for engineering simulation. Let me share six really striking ones with you:

  1. HPC is available on supercomputers only
  2. HPC is only useful for CFD simulations
  3. I don’t need HPC – my job is running fast enough
  4. Without internal IT support, HPC cluster adoption is undoable
  5. Parallel scalability is all about the same, right?
  6. HPC software and hardware are relative expensive

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ACT Templates for ANSYS DesignXplorer

Application Customization Templates - ACT

Are you familiar with ANSYS ACT (Application Customization Templates)? ACT allows all sorts of great customization. You could use ACT to encapsulate APDL scripts, add new loads and boundary conditions, create custom results, or even integrate third party tools. For instance, Vanderplaats R&D  just integrated their topology optimization product into ANSYS Mechancial via ACT.

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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. Continue reading