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Democratizing HPC

High Performance Computing for Everyone!

HPC is available to you today if you need it!

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.

  • Success Stories

    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.
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  • Case Studies

    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.

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  • By the Numbers: Democratization

    Gartner, Inc. predicts that by 2019, the analytics output of business users with self-service capabilities will surpass that of professional data scientists.

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    The global simulation software market is expected to grow from $6.26 billion in 2017 to $13.45 billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 16.5%.  Similarly, the cloud-based simulation market reached $3.3 billion in 2016, and is expected to have a CAGR of 11.4% through 2025, reaching $8.5 billion.

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  • OSC Research Team Improves Code to Benefit Industrial Engineers

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  • University of Buffalo Center for Computational Research expanding industry partnership program

    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.

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    The University of Buffalo CCR has received a $1M investment from Empire State Development to upgrade their computational servers for industry.  “This investment will allow us to expand a highly successful industry partnership program that has already led to the creation and retention of nearly 100 jobs in the Buffalo Niagara region, and an estimated economic impact of more than $50 million over the past four years,” said Furlani, who added that the project aligns with strategies outlined by the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council.”

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  • Moving CAE Applications to the Cloud is Getting Easier

    UberCloud's Wolfgang Gentzsch and Burak Yenier discuss the role of the Cloud in democratizing simulation in this Digital Engineering article.

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    In 2012 CAE Cloud-based applications took three months on average, and the failure rate was about 50%. Although the cloud ‘on-boarding’ process then was already well understood, the major and time-consuming hurdles were still unresolved. Today, with a variety of successful applications, the process is significantly improved.

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  • Simulation Sheds Light on Building Dispute

    PBBL Law Offices in Las Vegas/Orlando approached UberCloud and Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics asking for HPC support in a lawsuit dealing with a twin tower residential condominium.

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    This case study details the growing acceptance of High Performance Computing especially in new user communities and application areas. Major reasons for this trend are the ongoing improvements in user-friendly simulation software, the continuous performance improvement of HPC servers, and the easy and affordable access to HPC resources in the cloud.

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  • How the Cloud is Falling Short for HPC

    HPCWire recently summarized many of the issues facing HPC users that want to utilize commercial could vendors

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    Key issues that cloud vendors need to address to improve adoption of HPC cloud resources include: performance issues due to virtualization, a lack of low-latency interconnections, large scale data movement and storage, providing preinstalled and optimized softwre, and cost-competitive pricing.

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  • Democratizing thermal modeling with a cloud-based simulation app

    More detailed and faster simulation with high-performance cloud computing.

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    This test project for high-performance computing (HPC) in the cloud was designed to explore how cloud HPC resources can help to speed up and enable high-performance finite element simulations carried out with COMSOL Multiphysics and COMSOL Server. The objective was to find out how HPC cloud providers can augment engineering organizations’ on-premise hardware to allow for more detailed and faster simulations.

    Ora Research
    Bruce Jenkins

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  • Latest signal for cloud HPC’s role in CAE’s future: Rescale $14 million funding round

    Bruce Jenkins discusses the future of High Performance Cloud Computing.

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    One of the strongest signals yet for the increasingly central role that cloud HPC will play—indeed, is already playing—to expand the availability, affordability and value of CAE came in Rescale’s just-announced $14 million in Series A funding.

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  • Supercomputing for the Rest of Us

    Supercomputing or High-Performance Computing (HPC) you can use for the duration of a project.

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    Supercomputing or High-Performance Computing (HPC) was once confined to researchers working on climate analysis, genomic mapping, and quantum mechanics. But affordable hardware, Open Source software, and creative deployment are ushering in the era of supercomputing for the masses.

    Digital Engineering
    April, 2016

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  • Audience Questions: Supercomputing for the Rest of Us

    Alan Chalker from Ohio Supercomputer Center and Lee Margetts from simulation industry association NAFEMS join DE’s editor Kenneth Wong for the roundtable talk on supercomputing.

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    Digital Engineering’s Kenneth Wong joined Alan Chalker from Ohio Supercomputer Center and Lee Margetts from simulation industry association NAFEMS to discuss the impact of affordable HPC (high performance computing).

    Digital Engineering
    April, 2016

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  • Democratization at Jeco Plastic Products Lands New Opportunities

    Jeco Plastic Products is a small custom-mold manufacturer of high-tolerance products with a customer base that includes large U.S. and
    international original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the automotive, aerospace, printing and defense industries. When faced with a very difficult situation in its ability to quickly change a product design for a major large German automotive OEM, Jeco needed to upgrade its modeling and simulation from tedious physical testing to a quicker, HPC-based strategy.

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    awesim

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    Though it took a frightening situation to spur Jeco Plastic Products to jump into HPC, the company has now demonstrated its ability to use HPC modeling and simulation, which has helped pave the way for lucrative projects with major aerospace, automotive and joint product development projects. Those projects include a multi-year contract with annual orders of $2.5 million during the next five to 10 years along with 15 more jobs and a capital investment of more than $500,000.

    Published in 2012

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  • Comet Supporting Ohio Supercomputer Center AweSim Initiative

    Comet Solutions’ Simulation Applications (SimApps™) will be available on the cloud through a partnership with the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) via the OSC AweSim initiative.

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    By leveraging the cloud, high-performance computing centers are bridging the gap by allowing manufacturers of all sizes to tap advanced technologies on an as-needed basis. Comet completes the picture by putting easy-to-use applications at the front end of HPC resources for a breakthrough in providing all manufacturers with expert simulation results.

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  • Simulation in the Cloud is Becoming Mainstream

    Engineering.com's John Hayes explains that - when it comes to simulation - its time to get your head in the clouds.

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    In this post you’ll see an overview of Simulation applications hosted in the Cloud, a new type of offering that kicked off a year ago.  That’s when Autodesk announced Simulation 360, thereby firing the proverbial starter’s gun in a race to create the dominant online simulation tool kit.

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    • NASCAR Models Aerodynamics to Boost Safety and Performance

      Drive a car not originally built for racing around an oval track at 200 mph for a couple hours and you begin to understand why stock car drivers want the latest and greatest information on how their car will handle in close traffic on a banked curve. Traditionally, engineers in NASCAR relied on wind-tunnel and track testing. But in recent
      years, NASCAR began looking for an alternative.

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      TotalSim

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      In 2012, NASCAR turned to TotalSim USA, an engineering services provider and stalwart AweSim partner, to help teams and drivers
      leverage the valuable information computational fluid dynamics (CFD) can offer. TotalSim worked with Eric Jacuzzi, aerodynamics and vehicle performance engineer at the R&D Center for
      NASCAR, to teach him the necessary software tools and Ohio Supercomputer Center usage.

      Published in 2015

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        • Clippard Avoids Manufacturing Process Defect with Democratization

          Clippard Instrument Laboratory, a community-oriented company near Cincinnati, specializes in miniature pneumatics. So, when the team encountered a proportional valve that was not delivering consistent performance, they knew they needed to take a closer look at the valve components and design.

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          awesim

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          Thanks to the results provided through modeling and simulation and a quick turnaround, the Clippard team was able to make changes in their computer translation to correct the issue and manufacture a better product. Since the valve solution, Clippard has developed new methods to measure their material surface, improving processes from initial computational design to the finished product. According to Robertson, modeling and simulation has saved the team valuable time and resources.

          Published in 2016

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          • Supercomputing for the Rest of Us

            Supercomputing or High-Performance Computing (HPC) you can use for the duration of a project.

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            Supercomputing or High-Performance Computing (HPC) was once confined to researchers working on climate analysis, genomic mapping, and quantum mechanics. But affordable hardware, Open Source software, and creative deployment are ushering in the era of supercomputing for the masses.

            Digital Engineering
            April, 2016

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          • Cloud Infrastructure Enables Easy & Fast Simulations in Shipbuilding

            In this user success story, readers will find an UberCloud Experiment on a CFD Study of the Maneuverability of a KRISO Container Ship Model in the Cloud. This case study highlights how cloud infrastructure enabled easy and fast simulations, accessible with one click through the browser-based GUI, resulting in a dramatic increase in the engineer’s productivity and the ability of focus on the simulation experiment at hand.

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            The aim of this UberCloud Experiment #201 was to verify the feasibility of overset grids for direct zigzag test using “appended” KRISO Container Ship (KCS) model by means of the NUMECA UberCloud container on the cloud. The commercial CFD software FINETM/Marine packaged by NUMECA International S.A. was
            employed during this experiment. All simulations were run on the newest software version 6.2, whose robustness has been drastically improved. Meanwhile, it was hoped to accelerate simulations through the powerful HPC Cloud resources provided by UberCloud Inc. and NUMECA.

            Published April 2018.

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          • Comet Supporting Ohio Supercomputer Center AweSim Initiative

            Comet Solutions’ Simulation Applications (SimApps™) will be available on the cloud through a partnership with the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) via the OSC AweSim initiative.

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            By leveraging the cloud, high-performance computing centers are bridging the gap by allowing manufacturers of all sizes to tap advanced technologies on an as-needed basis. Comet completes the picture by putting easy-to-use applications at the front end of HPC resources for a breakthrough in providing all manufacturers with expert simulation results.

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            • Democratization Success Stories to be Presented at CAASE18

              On June 5-7, more than 500 individuals will gather in Cleveland for the 2018 Conference on Advancing Analysis & Simulation in Engineering. At CAASE18, numerous customer success stories covering democratization and simulation governance will be presented.

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              CAASE18Take a moment to review the CAASE18 agenda, which contains a listing and abstracts for all democratization and simulation governance focused presentations.  Democratization presentations from end-users include: Accuride, GE Global Research & Development, Shanghai Zhongli Investment Co., John Deere, ZPMC, BISME,  and Superior Industries. Presentations from software and services providers highlighting customer cases will be delivered by: ANSYS, HBM Prenscia, EASA, Eckdyn Analysis Solutions, Siemens AG, Romax Technology, and Comet Solutions. Furthermore, CAASE18 will showcase a Democratization Round-Table Discussion, hosted by the Revolution in Simulation moderators.

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