August 10, 2023
Engineers and researchers are increasingly turning to the cloud to run computer-aided engineering (CAE) and electronic design automation (EDA) software. A recent study by Hyperion Research examined users’ adoption of high-performance computing (HPC) cloud resources.
The study revealed four top reasons for employing third-party cloud HPC resources:
As Figure 1 indicates, engineers expressed a range of methods to access cloud resources. Today, 15% of the respondents are running their application full-time in an on-premises private cloud environment. In 12 months, half of them (~7%) will still be running full time in that environment. Today, 11% of the respondents are running independent software vendor (ISV) cloud applications full time, but this will roughly double in 12 months.
There appears to be no preference for imminent cloud access methods. However, more users expressed an interest in using cloud resources in the next 12-18 months (denoted as “Tomorrow”).
There are a variety of compute instances available to engineers using cloud computing resources, including accelerated versus unaccelerated and spot versus reserved. For example, approximately two-thirds of respondents preferred reserved instances (64%) versus one-third of respondents preferring spot/preemptive instances (36%).
The adoption of public cloud resources differs across industries, according to the survey.
Table 1 provides the current and projected industry adoption of HPC public cloud resources by users of engineering simulation software.
The survey revealed the following insights regarding the impact that spending on HPC cloud resources had on on-premises budgets:
Engineers predominantly use x86-based instances for their CAE and EDA workloads, with a strong preference towards Intel x86 technology. Other technologies adopted include Arm, graphics processing units (GPUs), and field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).
Engineers in the study favored Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud as their current cloud service providers (CSPs), as shown in Figure 4. However, their future preferences showed increased intent for AWS and equal intent for Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud after 18-24 months.
Figure 4. Current (left) and projected (right) cloud service providers (CSPs)
Ansys enables hybrid support for running simulation software within both on-premises HPC infrastructure and in the cloud. Ansys cloud enablement encompasses support for the leading CSPs through strategic collaborations in specific engineering disciplines, partnering with third-party cloud hosting providers and systems integrators.
Ansys delivers cloud support through its collaborations with three leading CSPs:
Our approach of delivering an open ecosystem of technology to the cloud allows CAE and EDA users to choose the most effective cloud deployment strategy for their particular needs.
To learn more, watch the webinar "Engineering Simulation Workloads and the Rise of the Cloud" or download the full survey.
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