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2 in a Series

F O C US O N FA S T E R

Mechanical
Simulation
Studies show
you can slash the time
spent on simulation
runs by 6x when you
upgrade to the latest
workstation technology
and software.

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Table of Contents Executive Summary

I
A >6x reduction
ntroducing the right product in a timely fashion, free expertise in in simulation run times
1 Executive Summary
of quality issues, remains the secret to success regard-
less of industry and despite the complexities of today's
both simula-
tion software
can be achieved by using
global competition. Simulation software is increas- and simula- the latest Dell Precision
2 The Survey Results are In ingly recognized as a critical asset for producing such tion practices. workstations and ANSYS
optimal and reliable product designs. However, many Some don't
software.
3 The Benchmarking Study organizations arent realizing the full benefits of simula- have access to
tion, in part because outdated workstation hardware and on-staff IT person-
4 The Benchmarking Models
software is still too prevalent among engineering teams. nel who can support
the high performance

5 The Benchmarking Results


Build a Strong Computing Foundation workstations, clusters and serv-
ers optimized for the latest simulation software.
Engineering organizations are stuck in a simulation rut
6 3 Paths To Faster Simulations Using for a variety of reasons. Some are saddled with consumer Research and Testing
ANSYS Mechanical 16.0 and Intel Architecture PCs or underpowered workstations that simply don't
have the muscle to run large simulations or accommodate The pages that follow include results from two differ-
7 Real-World Benefits of Faster Simulation
high-fidelity multiphysics models effectively. Without an
adequate computing foundation, complex simulations can
ent research projects focused on discovering the pain
points pertaining to design engineers use of simulation
Higher Quality Products drag on for hours, maybe even days, swallowing up lim- and proving the productivity gains possible by upgrad-
Faster Design Cycles ited processing power, consuming precious development ing to the latest workstation technology and software.
New Design Workflows hours and wreaking havoc with project deadlines. As a The first, a survey sponsored by Intel and ANSYS,
result, engineering organizations often choose to scale shows how many engineers are trying to perform simu-
8 The Dell Precision Tower 7910 back the number of variations they simulate or reduce the lations on hardware that is not up to the task, resulting
scope of the problem they're exploring, which runs count- in long waits for simulations to run. The second, a
10 HPC on the Cloud er to their mission of advancing product designs.
Beyond hardware limitations, there are other factors
benchmarking study conducted by ANSYS, Intel and
Dell, reveals a 4.1x reduction in simulation run times
hindering more widespread use of simulation even within can be achieved by using the latest Dell Precision work-
11 Taking the Next Steps the same organizations that recognize its potential for design stations and ANSYS software, as opposed to an equiva-
transformation. For some, simulation software remains lent three-year-old system and software with the same
too costly and difficult to master, limiting its use to pockets number of cores. When using all 16 of the modern Dell
within engineering as opposed to being established as an Precision workstations cores, a simulation run time
enterprise design tool. In addition, many organizations lack reduction of more than 6X was achieved.

68%
of survey respondents are
forced to limit the size
and amount of detail in
simulation models at
This is the second in a series of benchmarking studies produced least half the time.
by Desktop Engineering with Intel, Dell and independent software
vendor sponsors that is intended to explore the benefits of
embracing simulation-led design.

Simulation software is increasingly recognized



as a critical asset for producing such optimal
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The Survey Results Are In The Benchmarking Study 35%

M B
of our survey
ore than 1,400 research and/or design en- benefits of simulation and don't have a desire to expand ased on this feedback, ANSYS, Dell and Intel decided to collaborate
respondents are using
gineers responded to the simulation survey its use throughout the design workflow. More to the point, with Desktop Engineering on a benchmark study designed to ex-
that was conducted by Intel and ANSYS in they were less apt to do so without the ability to accommo- plore the impact of outdated software and hardware on present-day computing platforms
late 2014. According to the survey, 35% of date faster simulation so there wasn't a drain on engineer- simulation studies. Vendors routinely make claims that state-of-the- stocked with only a
respondents are using computing platforms stocked with ing resources. Almost two-thirds of respondents (64%) said art hardware or simulation software upgrades can make a big difference on the
single CPU.
only a single CPU, while 16% are working within the the lack of proper hardware or computing capacity was a scope and performance of simulation studies. The benchmark was intended to
limits of 16GB of RAM or less. Less than a third (29%) very important or somewhat important barrier to increased put those claims to the test while examining how updating hardware and software
are using systems equipped with solid-state drives (SSDs), use of simulation tools and workflows. Similarly, 65% said can elevate simulation performance and help companies achieve a richer and more
which are essential for applications that read and/or write the substantial time it took to perform simulations was a valuable set of results.
large amount of data. Whats worse, 18% are working on very important or somewhat important hurdle to taking
consumer-grade PCs, as opposed to professional worksta- steps to expand simulation practices. Refreshing Benefits
tions or higher performance platforms. Of respondents At the same time, there was universal acknowl-
who are using professional workstations, 17% of them are edgement that hardware replacements or hardware and The study environment consisted of a three-year-old and a current-generation Dell Preci-
working on hardware that is more than 3 years old. software upgrades could dramatically change the equa- sion workstation in addition to the older 13.0 version of the ANSYS Mechanical simulation
These purchasing choices lead to constraints that pose tion and make simulation speed a non-issue. Forty-one software along with the most recent 16.0 release. The goal of the study was to compare the
serious barriers to expedient and effective simulation percent of respondents who limit the size and/or detail of performance of the same set of simulations running on the three-year-old workstation
efforts, the research shows. Twenty-four percent of those their simulation models at least half the time said replac- loaded with older simulation software, on state-of-the-art hardware using the older simula-
surveyed said they were grappling with simulations that ing current hardware with new, better-performing plat- tion software, and finally on the most current generation of both hardware and software.
took longer than nine hours to complete, some chugging forms was the best solution for reducing the turnaround

The Benchmarking Setup


away for up to two full days. In addition, 68% of respon- time limitations that affect simulation outcomes while
dents said they were forced to limit the size and amount for 33% of respondents, upgrades to existing hardware
of detail in simulation models at least half of the time due (for example, adding memory, CPUs, GPU accelerators
to the fact that more in-depth simulation practices pushed or SSDs) was the preferred approach. More than a third
the limits of turnaround time and had a negative impact (39%) were inclined to add HPC software licenses as a
on project deadlines. solution for running simulations faster by taking advan-
That's not to say organizations aren't fully aware of the tage of a higher core count.

Statement that best fits most frequent computing Solutions that could best reduce the turnaround
usage scenario for running engineering simulation time limitations effecting your simulation models
applications and outcomes*

Replace
I am running I am running exclusively current Dell Precision T7500 Modern Dell Precision Tower 7910
exclusively on a on my workstation hardware with workstation workstation
new, better
consumer-based
performing 41% (3 years old)
desktop or 45% hardware
mobile PC
18% 33% Dual Intel Xeon X5672, Dual Intel Xeon E5-2667 v3,
Processor
running at 3.2GHz running at 3.2GHz
Cores 8 16
Other 5% RAM 128GB 256GB
23%
Hard Disk System 13GB SSD, no RAID 128GB SSD, no RAID
10% 39%
Hard Disk Working 2X558.37GB
I am running mostly on a Add HPC software 2x512GB SSD, RAID 0
remote HPC datacenter, licenses so that
Upgrade existing Directory 1500RPM SAS (RAID 0)
I am running on my work- hardware (e.g.
but do pre and post station/PC and a local or simulations can be adding memory, Software ANSYS Mechanical release 13.0 ANSYS Mechanical release 16.0
processing work on my departmental server cluster run at higher core adding CPU or GPU
local workstation/PC counts accelerator, SSD) Operating System Windows Server 2012 R2 Windows Server 2012 R2

* Based on respondents who limit the size and amount of detail in simulation models at least half the time. Multiple responses chosen; will not equal 100%.

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The Benchmarking Models The Benchmarking Results 65%

T
of respondents cite time to
he benchmarking study showed that a work- latest Dell Pre- perform simulations as a
station upgrade did deliver significant perfor- cision hardware
mance improvements, enabling the older ANSYS and the most very/somewhat important
Model 1 Mechanical 13.0 release to take advantage of current ANSYS hurdle to expanding the
advancements such as more compute cores per CPU, version when use of simulation.
A static nonlinear thermal-electric coupled
additional and faster memory, and faster disk storage. using eight cores.
field analysis of a Pelletier cooling block. Running the latest version of ANSYS Mechanical 16.0 When tested on
Model Characteristics: Sparse solver, non-symmetric on a three-year-old workstation platform also boosted the modern Dell Preci-
matrix, 650K degrees of freedom (DOFs) performance incrementally. sion workstation and allowed
In addition to the faster hardware and software speeds, to use all 16 cores, the benchmark showed the current
the benchmark found that the ability for ANSYS release version of ANSYS Mechanical was more than 6X faster
16.0 to leverage additional cores enables it to run 3.1x than the older, 8-core machine.
faster than ANSYS 13.0 as it scales from 8 to 16 cores.
Comparison of three-year-old software and
Greater Than hardware to modern equivalents based on
Model 2 the Sum of its Parts an identical number of computer cores

A transient nonlinear structural analysis of a However, the combination of the latest Dell Preci- X faster
submersible drilling rig. sion workstation model with Mechanical 16.0 had the (average)
Model Characteristics: Sparse solver, symmetric most significant impact, according to the benchmark, Current ANSYS Mechanical 16.0
matrix, 4.7 million DOFs boosting simulation performance by up to 4.1x over alone: 1.7X faster
what is possible on a three-year-old hardware-software
platform with a similar number of cores. For example, Current Dell Precision Tower 7910
the transient nonlinear structural analysis simulation alone: 1.5X faster
on an electronic ball grid array (Model 4 to the left) ran
1.5x faster on the Dell Precision 7910 with the older Combination of modern hardware and
Mechanical 13.0, 1.7x faster on older hardware with current software release: 4.1X faster

Model 3 Mechanical 16.0, and 4.1x faster when deployed on the

A static nonlinear structural analysis of a Solver Rates vs. Cores


turbine blade comparable to those found in
aircraft engines.
Model Characteristics: Sparse solver, symmetric
matrix, 3.2 million DOFs

Solver Rate (Mflops), higher is better


Model 1
Model 2

Model 4 Model 3
Model 4
ANSYS release 16
A transient nonlinear structural analysis of has the ability to
an electronic ball grid array. leverage additional
Model Characteristics: Sparse solver, symmetric cores, which
matrix, 6 million DOFs enabled it to run
the benchmarking
models faster than
ANSYS release 13.

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release (same hardware!) Real-World Benefits 47%


se (Scalability) Modern
Modern
Model
vs. 3-year
vs. 3-year
4
MODEL SP5
oldrelease
old software (same hardware)
(same hardware!)
Elapsed Time vs. Release (Scalability)
Model
Modern
MODEL4SP5
vs.3-year
Modern vs. 3-yearold
old (hardware
(hardware andand software)
software)
Solver Rate vs. Cores
of Faster Simulation of respondents say
a primary benefit of

F
25 350000
Modern hardware and software
simulation is producing

Solver Rate (Mflops), higher is better


(x faster)is better

1 cores 3-year old hardware and software

20 2 cores
300000 aster simulation encourages more widespread its Dyson Air higher quality products
4 cores
1 cores use of the practice throughout the entire design Multiplier. The
250000
than competitors.

>6X increase
6 cores
cycle. As a result, engineering organizations can fan is lauded
Timehigher

2 cores
15 8 cores
4 cores
10 cores
200000
6 cores
achieve more iterative workflows, enhancing their as much for its
Core,

12 cores
8 cores
150000
ability to explore a greater number of design alternatives unique styling as
Elapsed

10 14 cores
16 cores
10 cores
while offering a much better chance of zeroing in on the its innovative design
X Faster by

12 cores
100000
14 cores
optimal designs. that eliminates the need
5
16 cores
50000
Used consistently, faster simulation can help organiza- for external blades. Dyson engineers were challenged to
R160
tions find potential design problems early on when it is far create an optimal design for a new fan without the benefit
0
ANSYS R130
release 13 ANSYS release
R160 16
0
1 cores 2 cores 4 cores 6 cores 8 cores 10 cores 12 cores 14 cores 16 cores
easier and less expensive to make changes and the practice of a previous foundation. Starting from scratch was tricky.
also ensures quality issues are hammered out early during The team needed an accurate and efficient way to iterate
Both ANSYS release 13 and ANSYS Mechanical Combining the latest version of ANSYS Mechanical with the design phase not when the product is in the hands concepts to home in on the optimal design while meeting
Release 16 scale to take advantage of more a modern 16-core Dell Precision workstation increased of the customer and it is more difficult to make changes out aggressive cost and time constraints.
cores, but ANSYS release 16 does so more simulation performance on one model by more than 6X in the field. Another big win for simulation-driven product In lieu of using physical prototypes to prove out
effectively. compared to the three-year-old hardware and software. development: It dramatically reduces companies reliance designs, the team turned to ANSYS Fluent CFD software
on physical prototypes, which cuts costs while also serving to expedite the process and evaluate more possibilities
to shrink protracted development cycles. in a virtual world. Instead of taking up to two weeks to
These wins can translate into huge business advan- evaluate each prospective design with rapid prototyping
3 Paths To Faster Simulations Using ANSYS tages from both a revenue and competitive standpoint.
Producing higher quality products that are unique and a
techniques, Dyson engineers simulated fluid flow to gain

Mechanical 16.0 and Intel Architecture grade above competitive offerings is one of the primary
benefits of simulation and one raised by nearly half (47%)
INCREMENTAL PERFORMANCE GAINS for sim- running on four cores plus a single Intel Xeon Phi of respondents to the simulation survey.
ulation can do wonders to improve productivity coprocessor 7120 delivers up to 2.6X the perfor-
and shrink product development windows, but mance of the same simulation running on only Higher Quality Products
imagine the possibilities for design workflow four cores.
transformation when simulation performance Dyson, a recognized leader in high-performance house-
is tripled.
Today, those gains are possible thanks to a col-
laborative effort between ANSYS, Dell and Intel to
2 Migrate to a new Intel Xeon processor E5
v3-based Dell Precision workstation: Re-
placing a system is more expensive, but licensing
hold appliances, attributes widespread use of computa-
tional fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation to the success of

deliver up to 3.2x higher performance for simu- costs wont change if simulations continue to run
lations by optimizing ANSYS Mechanical 16.0 for on the same number of processor cores.
the multi-core Intel Xeon processor E5 v3 family Proof Point: This upgrade can deliver up to 1.6x
and the many-core Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor. the performance of typical three-year old sys-
While companies can expect the highest per- tems based on the Intel Xeon processor E5 family.
formance gains by a full hardware and software
upgrade, they can also achieve compelling gains
through the following Xeon upgrade strategies: 3 Migrate to a new Dell Precision system and
add a coprocessor: Clearly more expensive,
but with the highest potential gains for ANSYS

1 Add one or more Intel Xeon Phi coproces-


sors to an existing Dell Precision system:
This approach delivers substantial performance
mechanical simulations.
Proof Point: Upgrading from a system using a
previous-generation Sandy Bridge E5 proces-
gains with minimal hardware changes and one sor to a new system based on the Haswell E5
additional HPC software license for each Phi v3 processor and adding a single Intel Xeon Phi Air is initially drawn in through the base of the Dyson investigated 200 different design iterations
coprocessor. coprocessor 7120 can increase ANSYS Mechanical Dyson Air Multiplier and is injected through using simulation, which was 10 times the number that
Proof Point: ANSYS Mechanical simulation performance by a factor of up to 3.2x. the annular slot, inducing more flow from the would have been possible if physical prototyping had
surrounding air. been the primary design tool.

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the C130 jaw crusher design that could handle a capacity of


an understanding of the basic design while enabling 270 metric tons per hour with the same weight as its prede-
subsequent iterations that vastly accelerated the process of cessor, which could only process 245 metric tons per hour.
making design changes. With the CFD-led approach, the HPC resources allowed the team to explore a wider range
team was able to steadily improve the performance of the of design alternatives in a shorter time period. Given the geo-
fan to the point where the final design had an amplifi- metrical complexity of the jaw crushers, it previously took
cation ratio of 15 to one (a metric depicting the amount nearly 21 hours on a dual-core machine to solve a typical
of air possible for a given size and power consumption), moving jaw non-linear model with 7 million degrees of
which was a 2.5-fold improvement over the original con- freedom and 1.5 million elements. Using ANSYS simulation
cept. To get there, Dyson engineers were able to investi- software on an HPC platform configured with two Intel
gate 200 different design iterations using simulation 10 10-core processors, 192GB RAM and a pair of NVIDIA
times the number they would have be able to explore with Stress analysis of the hydraulic deflection Stresses on radial locking pads that hold the Tesla GPUs, the team was able to solve each model in only
physical prototyping as the primary design tool. housing (HDH) helped Cognity engineers HDH in place. Engineers optimized the shape 78 minutes amounting to up as much as a 16 times faster
double system capacity by optimizing design. of the HDH through an iterative process. turnaround time than with previous simulations.
Faster Design Cycles
The Cognity team was able to double the load-carrying with the steerable conductor design in five months, which New Design Workflows
Beyond improving the ability to innovate, simulation has capacity of the steering mechanism, aided by ANSYS Me- is months, perhaps even years less than what would have
also proved to be clutch for shrinking design cycles a chanical simulation software. The change made it easier been possible using traditional design methods. The Emirates Team New Zealand also increased their
benefit cited by 38% of respondents to the simulation to manipulate in deep soils and aided in increasing oil In addition, simulation played a role in driving cost design turnaround times, but in the process it also rev-
survey. Like Dyson, which significantly compressed its production and reducing drilling costs. efficiencies for the conductor design. The original model em- olutionized how it designs boats for the Americas Cup
time-to-market cycle for the bladeless fan, Cognity Lim- Instead of building numerous full-scale prototypes, ployed custom hydraulic cylinders that cost about $160,000 yacht race. To stay competitive, the team needed to design
ited, an engineering consulting firm, was able to leverage each tested to failure, Cognity engineers used ANSYS Me- each and required four months for delivery. Using simula- a new class of multihull boat, which led them to partner
simulation to turbocharge the design of the first steerable chanical simulation software to develop virtual prototypes, tion, the team was able to prove that off-the-shelf hydraulics with Dell to deploy an HPC cluster running the Plat-
conductor to enhance oil recovery for offshore drilling rigs. evaluating each alternative for design performance. The could replace the custom components, resulting in substan- form HPC stack Enterprise Dell Edition featuring Dell
Conductors help maximize field production when traditional physical prototyping approach is a very expen- tial time and cost savings. The off-the-shelf hydraulics cost PowerEdge servers connected to Dell EqualLogic storage
drilling, but they have to be positioned accurately a sive, time-consuming process. In comparison, the team was $7,000 each and could be delivered in one month a design through Dell Networking switches.
challenge when dealing with variable soil conditions. able to leverage ANSYS simulation software to come up change that helped fuel the 70% time reduction for the proj- The HPC solution enabled the team to reduce their
ect compared to conventional design techniques. dependency on physical tank testing, in which scale mod-
Simulation and more specifically, faster simulation els of individual hulls were tested as a predictor of actual
The Dell Precision Tower 7910 Workstation driven by HPC resources was instrumental in helping
Metso Minerals Oy design a new version of its jaw crusher
race day performance. That required a three-month cycle
with around four tank sessions scheduled per year, each
(a machine that crunches large rocks into gravel) that was testing five to six new boat designs. With HPC and an
THE CURRENT GENERATION of Dell Precision workstations includes the higher capacity, but not heavier, in a substantially shorter increased use of ANSYS CFD solutions, all of the teams
Tower 7910, which features a new generation of dual-socket performance time frame. Using a combination of ANSYS SpaceClaim and prototyping is computer generated.
with the Intel Xeon Processor E5-2600 v3 processor series featuring up ANSYS Mechanical for simulation, the Metso team created We can now complete an entire boat design test in
to 18 cores per processor, the latest NVIDIA Quadro and AMD FirePro three days using the Dell HPC
graphics and up to 1TB of system memory using the latest DDR4 RDIMM cluster, said Nick Holroyd,
memory technology. Technical Director, Emirates
On the storage front, the Dell Tower 7910 has an actively-cooled PCIe Team New Zealand. Weve
solid-state drive, which is up to 180% faster than traditional SATA SSD gone from 30 to 40 design can-
storage. Traditional hard drive options are also available, and with the didates being tested physically
Intel CAS-W software solutions, users can enable I/O speeds close to that for our 2007 Cup campaign to
of solid-state drive configurations at the storage and price of traditional testing 300-400 designs for this
drives. The Dell Precision Tower 7910 comes with an integrated 12 Gb/s edition of the Americas Cup.
RAID Controller, doubling the I/O speed of the companys previous gen- Doing that many iterations led
eration Workstation. to the need for design engineers to
All Dell Precision workstations are independent software vendor-certi- collaborate more closely with sail-
fied to ensure the most popular engineering design applications, including In Metso Nordberg C series jaw crushers, incoming ors and other non-technical team
ANSYS, run smoothly. Also free with Dell Precision workstations, the Dell material is crushed between the jaw crushers members. Their digital design
Precision Optimizer automatically tunes the workstation to run specific programs at the fastest speeds fixed movable die plates through advancing and process, powered by HPC, enables
possible, enhancing productivity. retreating motions of the jaw crushers Pitman the team to share simulation visu-
The Dell Precision Tower 7910 also features endpoint security solutions that include encryption, ad- arm. ANSYS tools enabled Metso to design a alizations and CAD models that
vanced authentication and malware protection from a single source. Dell.com/precision higher capacity but not heavier jaw crusher include the performance charac-
while reducing design iteration time by 94%. teristics of each design.

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More Reliable
Products Taking the Next Steps

W
The ability to achieve faster
turnaround time on simula-
hile companies dont need to be sold on the
powers of simulation, they are often derailed
simulations and
in-depth design
68% of survey
respondents said a
tion plays an equally import- by misconceptions about whats required to iterations that
ant role in increasing product run the tools effectively along with an in- will inevitably management sponsor
reliability. Thirty-five percent ability to sufficiently champion efforts to get management lead to better was essential to the
of simulation survey respon- onboard. Nearly 80% of respondents to the simulation and more inno-
success of simulation
dents cited the production of survey cited lack of access to powerful enough hardware vative products.
more reliable products that to perform simulation in a reasonable timeframe as a While calculating design practices.
could result in lower war- barrier to introducing simulation in a broader capacity a return on invest-
ranty-related costs as a goal throughout their organizations. Yet many have not made ment (ROI) is very
one they believed to be a the case for more robust efforts due to reservations about important to more than
primary benefit of simulation. the cost and complexity of hardware they believe is neces- half (53%) of simulation
Simulation helps address sary to get simulation work done. survey respondents, many dont know how to effectively
this challenge by delivering a For example, many companies associate HPC horse- build a case for the technology beyond an analysis of base
systematic way of quickly vali- power with high-end, incredibly expensive supercomput- upfront expenses such as simulation software licenses,
dating, modifying and discard- ers, which is just not the case anymore. Todays high-end HPC hardware and training.
ing new product ideas based Emirates Team New Zealand (right) was only able to physically test 30 to 40 design Dell Precision workstations and clusters configured with In fact, there are many other factors to consider when
on their likely performance in candidates for the 2007 Americas Cup campaign, but now simulation allows them multiple, multi-core processors, sophisticated graphics ac- calculating ROI for a simulation effort. Among them: im-
a way that would be impossi- to test 300 to 400 designs. celerators, SSDs and ample high-speed memory are pow- proved time to market, which can be reduced by months
ble with physical prototyping. erful enough to run complex multiphysics simulations or even years with effective simulation; drastic reductions
With simulation, engineering teams can mitigate the risk of simulation software running on high-performance Dell fast and are far more affordable than big iron, even for in physical testing, which saves costs and helps with time
encountering quality problems (and the resulting high war- Precision workstations, engineering teams are unencum- small- and mid-sized companies. In addition, streamlined to market; improved design optimization for getting to
ranty costs) down the pike. Simulation allows engineers to bered by constraints that limit design studies, and instead cluster management platforms, user-friendly workload the best design with less time wasted on bad candidates;
consider the widest possible range of materials properties, can conduct robust multiphysics simulations that consider schedulers and turn-key HPC appliances preconfigured improved accuracy, which prevents costly over-engineer-
manufacturing processes and real-world operating condi- many sources of variation and uncertainty, leading to the and optimized for leading simulation suites like ANSYS ing; and a reduction in the number of product failures
tions as they optimize designs at the earliest stages. With optimal design with the least amount of risk. eliminate most of the complexity of traditional HPC envi- saving companies exponentially on repair costs and
ronments. Its feasible for organizations to deploy, manage warranty expenses.

HPC on the Cloud And, ANSYS also supports the use of ANSYS
products in a corporate private cloud, provided that
and configure clusters without dedicated HPC experts
and with limited handholding from IT.
To help demonstrate simulations ROI and build
a case for an investment in the optimal hardware and
AS PRODUCTS GROW MORE COMPLEX, many engi- these solutions are architected using component As HPC and workstation technology come down in software resources, engineering groups need to align with
neering organizations want the horsepower to run larg- technologies (such as operating systems, VMs, and price, there is a strong argument that an investment in the a key leader who can champion the benefits of a simula-
er and more detailed simulations without the expense job schedulers) that are certified by ANSYS. The technology will quickly pay for itself by supporting faster tion-driven design in a language that resonates with top
of building, provisioning and maintaining data centers. ANSYS Engineering Knowledge Manager software management. In fact, 68% of survey respondents said a
Using the cloud for simulation presents unique provides an integrated job and data management management sponsor was essential to the success of simu-
Producing an accurate ROI analysis that shows with
challenges with different solution types required for portal that can dramatically improve engineering lation design practices and for demonstrating clear ROI in
no brainer clarity what our organization could gain
specific use-cases, says Wim Slagter, Lead Product productivity for these private cloud deployments. order to ensure proper funding.
by investing in new simulation software, hardware,
Manager, ANSYS Inc. We are developing a set of When it comes to cloud adoption, there is no To properly engage potential sponsors, engineers
training and new processes.
best-practice solutions to address these challenges. one-size-fits-all model any approach has upsides need to present the results of their analyses in the
The ANSYS Enterprise Cloud provides an end-to- and downsides and you need to pick the approach context of how it fosters the business. For example, in
end simulation platform within a dedicated corporate thats the right fit for your business, writes Adeel Very Important Factor addition to showing the details of the actual simulation,
account on the public cloud. Using the ANSYS Cloud Omer, Global Cloud Solutions Marketing Lead, Dell
53% showcase how a specific set of parameter studies per-
Gateway portal and ANSYS engineered reference Inc. But there are some basic steps to evaluating formed in a certain timeframe helped reduce the need
architecture, the Enterprise Cloud solution can be your options, according to Omer. These are: for physical prototypes that cost more and would have
managed by either internal IT experts or by a service 1. Ensuring strategic cloud adoption is grounded Not stated 4% taken longer.
partner, Slagter says. This single-tenant solution offers in business objectives. NA/ No opinion 2% By focusing on specific ROI data, companies can effec-
a virtual-private cloud for enterprise simulation. 2. Making sure cloud is subject to IT governance. Not An Important Factor 5% tively demonstrate that an investment in the proper hard-
In addition, ANSYS has developed an ecosystem of 3. Confirming that all aspects of your cloud are ware and software to support fast and effective simulation
cloud-hosting partners who provide HPC infrastruc- committed to flexibility. is not a luxury. Rather, in todays age of global competi-
Somewhat Important 36% tion and mounting product complexity, simulation is an
ture and IT services to companies for burst or steady- 4. Ensuring that your cloud is future-ready.
state extension of in-house computing capacity. Learn more: https://goo.gl/SCKDvt asset that has real and lasting value for the business.

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