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Moving from Workstations to HPC — A Journey Worth Taking

Test with ANSYS Fluent 19 aircraft wing 14-million cell model using a cluster with Intel® Xeon® Gold 6148 Processor 2.40 GHz, 20-core processor with turbo on. Hewlett Packard Enterprise, March 2018.

As a computer-aided engineering (CAE) analyst, you often push the limits of your desktop computer, constraining the size of your ANSYS models and limiting the number of the simulations you can perform for any given project.  Moving beyond your desktop to a small high-performance computing (HPC) cluster is the first, very important step. Here’s why …

The chart below compares simulations times running the ANSYS Fluent 19 standard benchmark aircraft wing 14-million cell model on a single compute, two-processor server (1 node), up to a 72-node cluster configuration.

At four nodes, for example, you see a four-times increase in speed. In essence, you could run the same benchmark on a 4-node cluster in 25 percent of the time it takes to run that same benchmark on a single node (or workstation).

We realize that time is business critical — as evidenced by the increasing demand to shorten product development cycles. However, with this demand comes the need to maintain quality, which becomes nearly impossible without the right tools or technology. We all know that ANSYS software can enable faster product delivery, but only if your information technology (IT) team can support your engineering needs.  But what if you don’t have access to the IT support for your engineering systems? What can you do to move forward on your journey?

ANSYS, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and TotalCAE are working together to bring down the barriers preventing the move from workstations to a small cluster either on-premise, off-premise or in the cloud.  Here are a couple of ways you can begin your journey toward greater engineering productivity:

  • Check out the ANSYS Free Performance Benchmark Program. Although the above standard benchmark result may have you convinced, we want to show you the time-savings that HPC can make possible for your model. Once you provide us with your ANSYS CFX, ANSYS Fluent, ANSYS HFSS, ANSYS Maxwell or ANSYS Mechanical model, you will receive a time comparison (versus your current workstation) and consultation for moving to an HPC solution.
  • Join us April 25, 2018, for a special customer experience webinar, with special guests Christopher Basciano, Siva Balasubramanian and Patrick Downie from BD. They will share their insights and experience around moving from workstations to a HPC workflow environment with the help of HPE and TotalCAE. In addition, you will receive firsthand access to the latest ANSYS 19 benchmark results and the recommended cluster hardware.

Why wait? Bring your model to ANSYS and get a free performance benchmark, then watch the webinar and learn how BD moved from a workstation environment to a fully supported HPC appliance delivered by ANSYS and TotalCAE.