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End-to-End CAE Solutions for Today's SME


Guest blogger: Bill Seidle, Senior Manager, WW Big Data & HPC Segment Marketing, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

In order to survive in today’s highly competitive marketplace, manufacturers are striving to deliver high-quality products at lower costs, well ahead of the competition. Enterprises with the ability to quickly design, test, and bring products to market will streamline the development process, ensure competitive advantage, and increase overall profitability.

High-performance computing (HPC) capabilities, efficiency, and seamless access to data are top priorities for IT departments. However, many enterprises are not equipped to accelerate production due to failures in the development lifecycle which hinder design, testing, and product quality. Improving this process poses a key challenge: finding cost-effective ways to launch products faster than ever before and satisfy customer demand for more affordable costs.

Now more than ever, manufacturers are adopting high-end computing technologies to ensure immediate access to a variety of business data, allowing them to utilize fewer prototypes, forecast real world performance, and reduce operational costs across the board. Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) software backed by HPC solutions is driving greater efficiencies throughout the product development process and significantly reducing the cost of production.

According to Worldwide CAD Trends 2016, many enterprises rely on simulation/CAE technologies to enhance design productivity and speed time-to-market. 79% of manufacturers surveyed are investing in simulation/CAE to efficiently extract and enact on data-driven insights from high-velocity data, including 7 of 10 small and medium enterprises (SMEs). CAE usage is expected to reach 43% in the next few years, rising from 38% in 2016.


 Source: CAD Trends, 3D Modelling Usage, 2016

 Additional benefits of CAE include:

  • Ease of use for less-experienced designers
  • Massive data volumes can be quickly searched to locate actionable information
  • Expert support available to address immediate issues
  • Reduced risk of product failure
  • Powerful hardware available on-demand in the cloud
  • Access to current and historical simulations delivers real-time insight
  • Ability to predict and prevent potential issues prior to production

HPC innovations are enabling manufacturers to support data-intensive workloads needed for CAE. However, those operating on traditional systems lack the scalability and compute capacity necessary to support increasingly complex and realistic simulations. The shortcomings of legacy technology render manufacturers incapable of developing higher-quality products while accelerating the development process.

The proliferation of high-end technologies is streamlining every aspect of the manufacturing industry, so much so that IT departments must aggressively invest in a complete IT transformation in order to survive. Enterprises that do will help designers achieve faster response times, operate more profitably, and enable business growth in an ever-evolving marketplace. 

The digital age of manufacturing is challenging enterprises to embrace innovation that will increase operational efficiencies and product performance. Those that rapidly deploy end-to-end computing solutions will have the capacity to harness the full value of business data, optimize and visualize data workloads, and drive design innovation to deliver more successful products at lower costs. HPC-backed CAE technologies give manufacturers the power to outpace their competitors, driving improvements to business growth and profitability.

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