Built-in HPC

All of the ANSYS Academic Products that bundle solvers that support HPC have four HPC tasks built-in. These four HPC tasks can be used for either a CPU core or a GPU card/slot. This means that up to four CPU cores, or alternatively four GPU cards can be used to accelerate simulation solution times.

Structural, Thermal & Fluids Academic Products

  • Built-in HPC capability is allocated/restricted to each task. For example, for a 25-task license of ANSYS Academic Research, each user/task can access up to four cores, with a maximum of 4 cores available per solution.
  • Shared Memory (SMP), Distributed Memory Parallel (DMP) and Domain Decomposition methods are included.
  • GPU access is enabled for ANSYS Mechanical and ANSYS Fluent solvers. Each of the four built-in HPC tasks can be used for 1 GPU card/slot, meaning that up to four GPU cards/slots can be accessed per academic product license. Note that we do not restrict the number of GPU cores per GPU card/slot.
  • Frequency Sweep VT and VT Accelerator is built-in and available for the ANSYS Mechanical APDL solver. This is a legacy HPC frequency sweep solution that has been largely replaced by DesignXplorer and Design Point Updates.
  • The following structural, thermal and fluids solvers support HPC:
    • ANSYS CFX (SMP, DMP)
    • ANSYS Fluent (SMP, DMP)
    • ANSYS Mechanical (SMP, DMP, Domain Decomposition)
    • ANSYS Autodyn (SMP, DMP)
    • ANSYS Polyflow (SMP, DMP)
    • ANSYS Icepak (SMP, DMP)

Electronics Academic Products

  • Built-in HPC capability is not allocated/restricted to each task. For example, for a 25-task license of ANSYS Academic Research HF, one hundred HPC tasks are built-in, so a single user can use all 100 HPC tasks, or alternatively 25 users can each use 4 cores per solution.
  • A legacy shared memory (SMP) multiprocessor capability is enabled, this can make use of any number of SMP cores, but does not scale well beyond 4 cores. It has been largely superseded by other HPC methods.
  • Distributed Memory Parallel (DMP) and Domain Decomposition methods are included.
  • No GPU access is enabled.
  • The following electromagnetics solvers support HPC:
    • ANSYS HFSS (SMP, Domain Decomposition, Distributed Frequency Sweep)
    • ANSYS Maxwell (SMP, Distributed Frequency Sweep)
    • ANSYS Designer (SMP, Distributed Frequency Sweep)
    • ANSYS Q3D (SMP, DMP)
    • ANSYS SIwave (SMP)
    • ANSYS TPA (MP, Distributed PKG analysis)
  • The Academic Redhawk & PowerArtist products do not use HPC at this time.