Regardless of your experience level with HPC, in order to fully utilize it, you need access to three main components: hardware, software, and expertise.
HPC Hardware can consist of cloud based resources, small departmental level clusters, or even powerful workstations, etc.. These are available from a variety of vendors, ranging from online ‘pay-as-you-go’ access, to large systems custom designed and installed in dedicated data centers.
CAE software can comprise of things such as solvers, meshers, visualization, and workflow managers, etc.. This software can range from very specialized, open-source packages available at no cost, to more generic commercial packages that can run across a wide scale of domains and resources.
Expertise that is available includes domains such as Computational Fluid Dynamics, Finite Structural Analysis, Bioinformatics, etc. Companies needing expertise often start with external consulting “engineering service providers” who can assist with a specific project, before eventually directly hiring domain experts versed in a variety of technical skills.
This public resource center contains information related to how anyone can easily gain access to HPC resources and expertise.
What is HPC? There are lots of terms that essentially are variations of the same thing: HPC (High Performance Computing), Advanced Modeling, Simulation & Analysis, Technical Computing, Cluster Computing, Parallel Computing. Specifically, these refer to computers at the frontline of current computational processing capacity.
Why would you use HPC? For some situations, experimentation may not be adequate to test theories because things may be too small to see and measure, systems may be too large and remote, or processes can be too fast or too complex. Alternatively, simulations or analyzes may take too long or the size of the data is too large to be contained on a personal computer.
UberCloud has successfully completed six rounds of cloud experiments over the past few years. The case studies can be found online at their website as annual compendiums.
AweSim has several dozen case studies that document clients use of HPC resources. These include sectors such as advanced manufacturing, automotive, aerospace, bio-health, food processing and logistics.
The Ohio Supercomputer Center’s (OSC) Karen Tomko, Ph.D., and the University of Illinois/Urbana’s Robert Dodds, Ph.D., recently wrapped up a project that will greatly enhance the simulation capabilities of manufacturing engineers.View Article
The University at Buffalo Center for Computational Research (CCR) is expanding its super-computing capability with new grants. The center will use the awards to purchase advanced computing equipment that will triple its computing power, enabling it to better support new and existing businesses in advanced manufacturing, the life sciences and other industries.View Article
UberCloud's Wolfgang Gentzsch and Burak Yenier discuss the role of the Cloud in democratizing simulation in this Digital Engineering article.View Article
More detailed and faster simulation with high-performance cloud computing.View Blog Post
Bruce Jenkins discusses the future of High Performance Cloud Computing.View Blog Post