From Supercomputers to Handhelds

A couple of weeks ago, I attended the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics conference on Computational Science and Engineering (CSE13). There I listened to a number of presentations given by mathematicians and engineers, who talked about running software programs on some of the biggest supercomputers in the world. When ANSYS was first 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.

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 TOP100 supercomputers in the world using the distributed ANSYS capability with calculations reaching over 1 Teraflop (over 1 trillion calculations per second). However, the point I want to raise today is 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 now available in the palm of your hand. Continue reading

This Week’s Top 5 Engineering Technology News Articles

Happy Friday, folks! Every now and again, we just have to toot our own horn. Pat ourselves on the back. Give ourselves two thumbs up. You get the picture. This week was kind of a big deal here at ANSYS — we released the newest version of our software,14.5.   We also had some great coverage that talks about simulation’s role in the F1 racing industry. And don’t miss how supercomputers and simulation are helping researchers come up with a better helmet design for the military and athletes!


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This Week’s Top 5 Engineering Technology Articles

Happy Friday, folks — I’m back!  It’s time for my second go at bringing you the latest engineering technology news! But first, it’s Labor Day weekend here in the U.S.- a holiday that traditionally marks the end of summer. So, I wanted to take a moment and wish those of you who will be taking this coming Monday off an enjoyable long weekend! However, I must say that I’m nearly ready for pumpkin spiced coffee and my fall wardrobe!  I digress – THE NEWS:

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For those of you who are more of the “instant gratification” types –  Check out the articles here, or, read on for my thoughts!

China Outpaces U.S. in Race for Fastest Supercomputer – Threat or Opportunity?

On November 28, 2011, Newsweek reported that China outpaces the U.S. in the race for the fastest supercomputer. Does the U.S. consider this as a threat or opportunity?

Design and manufacturing are central drivers of the global economy.  As part of their product development process, industries as diverse as  automotive, aerospace and defence, electronics, pharmaceutical, biomedical and renewable energy are investing in the ability to model, simulate and process data. This investment drives the technological advancements needed to develop future products and services, and allows regions around the world to maintain their economic positions.

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