Value of High Fidelity
High fidelity may refer to simulations using high mesh density for improved accuracy, those that include many geometric details, or those that include more-sophisticated treatment of physical phenomena. High fidelity also can encompass simulation models that go beyond consideration of a single component to include the interaction of multiple components or entire systems. HPC is a key strategic enabler of high-fidelity results, as it provides the resources required for very large and detailed simulations. HPC enables the work to be performed within the time required to impact engineering decisions.
HPC also adds value by enabling greater simulation throughput. Using HPC resources, engineering teams can analyze not just a single design idea, but many design variations. By simulating multiple design ideas concurrently, R&D teams can identify dramatic engineering improvements early in the design process, prior to and more effectively than physical prototyping alone.
The high throughput enabled by HPC also allows engineering teams to simulate the behavior of their product or process over a range of operating conditions. Companies are mindful of warranty promises and the increasing importance of customer satisfaction — especially in today’s world of social media — and HPC provides the capacity to use simulation to ensure that products will perform robustly and reliably once in the customer’s hands.