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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…

How the iForge Cluster is Manufacturing Results for Big Industry

Feb 26, 2014 |

When one thinks of major manufacturing companies, including Boeing, Proctor and Gamble, John Deere, Caterpillar, Dow, GE and others, from a systems and software perspective, there is little doubt that the competitive edge lies in high performance computing. But for many of these companies, it’s not simply a matter of plugging engineering codes into high Read more…

The Top Supercomputing Led Discoveries of 2013

Jan 2, 2014 |

2013 has been an incredible year for the entire ecosystem around supercomputing; from vendors pushing new technologies to boost performance, capacity, and programmability to researchers turning over new insights with fresh techniques. While exascale has taken more of a backseat than we might have predicted at the year’s end of 2010, there are plenty of Read more…

Gordon Bell Prize Bubbles from Sequoia

Nov 22, 2013 |

Each year at SC, the ACM hands out one of the most coveted awards, the Gordon Bell Prize. The award, which became a regular feature of SC, began in 1987 and now carries a $10,000 prize sponsored by parallel computing luminary, Gordon Bell. Winners demonstrate high peak performance figures on real world applications or demonstrate Read more…

Expanding enCORE with CFD

Jul 19, 2013 |

Britain HPC systems integrator OCF has made noise with regard to high performance applications in the cloud, bringing online an 8,000-node HPC cluster called enCORE last year. This week, they announced an expansion of enCORE’s capabilities. Specifically, they brought in the XFlow Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software to expand their HPC capabilities.

Short Takes

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…

Airbus Rides Modular Computing Approach to Petascale

Jul 9, 2014 |

Airbus is set to increase its high-performance computing (HPC) capabilities by building on the partnership started with HP in 2011. The aircraft manufacturer will receive a new generation of HP Performance Optimized Datacenters (PODs), boosting its computing capacity to 1.2 petaflops. HP’s new PODs for Airbus come with pre-integrated clusters of HP ProLiant server blades Read more…

Off the Wire

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…

AltaSim Technologies Receives DOE Grant for Additive Manufacturing

Apr 17, 2014 |

COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 17 — The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded AltaSim Technologies nearly $150,000 to further develop the technologies that drive additive manufacturing – adding momentum to an public-private initiative based in Ohio to boost industrial use of modeling and simulation. AltaSim’s DOE award provides $149,844 through the agency’s Small Business Innovation Research Read more…