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Of Micelles and Machines: HPC Simulations Transform Everyday Household Products

Jul 22, 2014 |

Have you ever dropped your brand new razor or a full bottle of hand soap on a tiled bathroom floor and wondered why it didn’t simply shatter into a dozen pieces or split apart and create a gooey mess? Maybe next time that happens, you’ll thank computer modeling and simulations, not just your lucky stars. Read more…

The UberCloud Experiment Continues…

Jun 16, 2014 |

Improved product quality, faster time to market and ultimately increased ROI have long been associated with the adoption of HPC tools. The benefits that engineers and scientists can expect from using technical computing in their research, design and development processes can be huge. In spite of this, there is still unmet need with relatively few Read more…

Engineering Codes to Meet the Exascale Era

May 8, 2014 |

As we look to the future applications for exascale-class computers, the grand science challenges are often first on the list. From modeling the climate to the underpinnings of the universe, the problems most often associated with exascale computing are epic in scope. However, the range of complex, multidisciplinary engineering problems that can be solved with Read more…

Workflow as a Service Expanding Beyond HPC

Mar 17, 2014 |

At the height of the first wave of the commercial cloud computing boom, around 2008, two HPC industry figures, Brian Schott and Robert Graybill, put their heads together to see how clouds might support high performance computing workloads. Their efforts led them to develop a “clearinghouse” for cloud-based HPC platforms and applications, which in turn Read more…

Altair Crash Tests New Xeon E7s

Mar 12, 2014 |

RADIOSS, one of the top structural analysis solvers in the industry, is used by auto companies like Ford and PSA in France to run car crash and other simulations to test safety and viability of a broad array of products. Like similar CAE codes, it is highly parallelized for top performance on large, powerful clusters–and Read more…

Short Takes

Myths and Misconceptions about HPC for Engineering

Sep 11, 2014 |

In a recent blog post, Wim Slagter, lead product manager for High Performance Computing at ANSYS, Inc., tackles a set of six myths of high performance computing gleaned from conversations at various ANSYS Convergence Conferences. These six myths or misconceptions deal with HPC as it relates to engineering simulation: + HPC is available on supercomputers Read more…

Aerospace Explores the Compute Horizon

Sep 4, 2014 |

For much of the history of aviation, designers and engineers ran their calculations and experiments without the benefit of computers. But as the price of computation dropped, the competitive advantage conferred by digital engineering became clear. The aerospace industry has reached a turning point where the complexity of the simulation work is necessitating an increase in the Read more…

MIT Spinoff Speeds 3D Engineering Simulations

Aug 28, 2014 |

Even the most powerful supercomputers cannot be productive without suitable operating software and applications. In engineering, finite element analysis (FEA) is used to create 3D digital models of large structures to simulate how they perform under different real-world conditions (stress, vibration, heat, etc.). The challenge of modeling large-scale structures, such as mining equipment, buildings, and oil Read more…

The Surprising Science Behind Everyday Products

Aug 27, 2014 |

One doesn’t normally associate their favorite shampoo or laundry detergent with science, let alone multi-million dollar supercomputers, but in today’s modern world many well-known consumer goods are the products of extensive R&D. By using large-scale computational modeling to facilitate advanced product design, manufacturers can improve customer satisfaction and minimize costly design flaws. A recent feature article on the Read more…

The Evolution of HPC in Manufacturing

Jul 22, 2014 |

HPC has reached a tipping point where industry use has expanded dramatically. So what role do supercomputers have in manufacturing? Speaking on this topic is Greg Clifford, manufacturing segment manager at Cray. Manufacturing here refers to any company that’s producing a product, be that automotive and aerospace, consumer products, tire manufacturing, and so on. What Read more…

Off the Wire

DDN Reports Results for First Half of 2014

Aug 19, 2014 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 19 — DataDirect Networks (DDN) today announced impressive revenue traction for the first six months of 2014, demonstrating a strong trajectory of profitable growth for the company heading into the second half of the year. The company added more than 20 net new petabyte-class customers including one of world’s largest banks, a leader Read more…

IBM Announces $3 Billion Research Initiative

Jul 10, 2014 |

ARMONK, N.Y., July 10 — IBM today announced it is investing $3 billion over the next 5 years in two broad research and early stage development programs to push the limits of chip technology needed to meet the emerging demands of cloud computing and Big Data systems. These investments will push IBM’s semiconductor innovations from today’s breakthroughs Read more…

NAG and Red Oak Announce Strategic Partnership

Jun 5, 2014 |

June 5 — The Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG) Ltd and Red Oak Consulting LLP have announced a strategic partnership to deliver comprehensive results-focused HPC consulting and professional services to commercial and public sector clients across a range of global markets. Today’s announcement formalizes and substantially extends the longstanding collaborations between NAG and Red Oak Consulting, Read more…

Altair Announces Global ATC and ATCx Series

Jun 4, 2014 |

TROY, Mich., June 4 — Altair announced its 2014 Global Altair Technology Conference (ATC) and ATCx Series today.  ATC events will continue to cover a wide array of topics, industries, and computer-aided engineering domain areas, and last for two to three days.  The new ATCx designation has been created for smaller, focused one-day events that offer more depth Read more…

Tower International to Utilize Altair’s Compute Manager

Apr 23, 2014 |

TROY, Mich., April 23 — Altair, a global provider of computer-aided engineering (CAE) and high-performance computing (HPC) software and services, today announced that Tower International, a leading global automotive manufacturer, has selected Altair’s Compute Manager to simplify and streamline access to distributed resources. Compute Manager is a Web-based application for accessing computing resources from any location. With Compute Manager’s easy Read more…