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Democratizing HPC

High Performance Computing for Everyone!

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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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  • Rev-Sim Virtual Coffee Break: Episode 4

    A RevSim virtual coffee break short video featuring a Greenlight Optics Case Study.

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    Through the Ohio Supercomputer Center Greenlight Optics was able to model thermal properties involved in producing an injection-molded lens used for collimating LED light.

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  • Virtual Coffee Break Series: Episode 3

    A RevSim virtual coffee break short video highlighting the virtual modeling and simulation of pharmaceutical production tank mixers by ANSYS.

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    ANSYS for Bioreactors. A RevSim (RevolutioninSimulation.com) virtual coffee break short video highlighting the virtual modeling and simulation of pharmaceutical production tank mixers by ANSYS as an example industrial case study showcasing the democratization of HPC services and resources for everyday business purposes.

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  • Rev-Sim Virtual Coffee Break Series: Episode 2

    Case study showcasing the democratization of HPC services and resources for everyday business purposes.

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    Episode 2: BWAY Buckets. A RevSim (RevolutioninSimulation.com) virtual coffee break short video highlighting the virtual modeling and simulation of plastic buckets by BWAY as an example industrial case study showcasing the democratization of HPC services and resources for everyday business purposes.

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  • Rev-Sim Virtual Coffee Break Series: Episode 1

    Rev-Sim Coffee Break Webinar Series. HPC (High Performance Computing) Part 1: Series Introduction

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    An overview of the new RevSim (RevolutioninSimulation.com) virtual coffee break series of short videos that will each highlight an example industrial case study illustrating the accessibility, availability, and capabilities (e.g. democratization) of HPC services and resources for researchers and engineers.

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  • The Growing Acceptance of CAE

    Simulation is being used for lawsuits in court, treating schizophrenia, use in middle school education and in deep learning.

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    With the following four UberCloud case studies we are demonstrating the growing acceptance of computer-aided engineering (CAE), especially in new user communities and application areas. Major reasons for this trend are continuous improvements in user-friendly CAE software, the ongoing price/performance improvement in high-performance computing (HPC), and easy and affordable access to powerful computing in the cloud.

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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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  • Democratizing HPC: OSC Releases Version 1.3 of OnDemand, Seeks Grant for 2.0

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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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  • Deep Learning for Fluid Flow Prediction in the Cloud

    UberCloud project #211 on Deep Learning for Fluid Flow Prediction in the Advania Cloud has been performed solely for educational purposes, for our wider engineering community.

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    CFD is demanding both in terms of computing power and simulation time. Artificial Neural Networks (ANN) can learn complex dependencies between high-dimensional variables. In this UberCloud case study, the goal of the approach is to apply an ANN to solve fluid flow problems to significantly decrease time-to-solution while preserving much of the accuracy of a traditional CFD solver.

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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.

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    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).

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    April, 2016

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  • Simulation for the Masses is AweSim

    Digital Engineering's Beth Stackpole recaps the AweSim initiative.

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    Here’s a real boost for the concept of simulation for the masses: The Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC), a regional center providing supercomputing services and expertise to local industries and university researchers, is forging ahead with a public-private partnership designed to bring affordable simulation services to small- and mid-sized companies.

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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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  • Ninth Graders Tap HPC in the Cloud to Design Flying Boats

    9th-grade students in Norway designed flying boats in ANSYS Discovery Live, 3D-printed them, and ‘crowned’ their 3-month tech course with a final competition for the best flying boat.

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    This UberCloud project #208 has been performed by a class of 9th-grade middle-school students in Norway, supported by their physics teacher, ANSYS channel partner EDRMedeso, and HPC Cloud service provider UberCloud. On Microsoft’s Azure Cloud they used ANSYS Discovery Live which provides real-time 3D simulation, tightly coupled with geometry modeling, to enable interactive design exploration and rapid product innovation.

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      • HPC in Personalized Non-invasive Clinical Treatment of Schizophrenia and Parkinson’s

        India’s National Institute of Health was able for schizophrenia to replace highly risky brain-invasive operations with an innovative technique of non-invasive low-risk treatment based on CAE.

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        This UberCloud use case #200 describes how India’s National Institute of Health was able for schizophrenia – and potentially Parkinson’s disease, depression, and other brain disorders – to replace the current highly risky procedure of brain-invasive operations with an innovative technique of non-invasive low-risk treatment based on CAE that is also significantly more affordable.

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        • Democratizing HPC: OSC Releases Version 1.3 of OnDemand, Seeks Grant for 2.0

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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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        • 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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          • 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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