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High Performance Computing and CAE Addressing Challenges in Product Design



CAE and High Performance Computing simulations are driving major improvements to the product development process – from design concept to final validation— and manufacturers stand to gain valuable competitive advantage.

For manufacturers, the development of high-quality and low-cost products is essential to running a successful business. In this aggressive digital economy, business owners are facing immense pressures to perform quickly and cost-effectively, and accelerating time to market is key to staying one step ahead of the competition. High performance computing (HPC) technologies expressly designed for product design and development are transforming the manufacturing and engineering (M&E) sector. Companies who invest in these cutting-edge solutions will have the opportunity to streamline business operations, improve customer satisfaction, and maintain valuable competitive advantage.

IT innovation is crucial to any business strategy, enabling organizations of all sizes to increase workplace productivity, drive CAEBlog.jpgoperational efficiencies, and keep pace with both evolving industry requirements and rising consumer demands. To achieve this, manufacturers rely on effective and affordable technologies to reach optimal performance and ensure continued growth and profitability.


  • M&E companies face a variety of challenges when bringing new products to market:
  • Prolonging product design cycles due to slow turnaround times for complex simulations
  • Running a limited number of simulation models at one time
  • Utilizing simulation models of limited size and complexity
  • Experiencing delays in productivity due to hardware constraints
  • Inefficiently provisioning IT resources due to isolated hardware

Adopting the right technologies is critical to overcoming these obstacles, and legacy IT is no longer sufficient for companies looking to evolve and grow.

Computer-aided engineering (CAE) and HPC-driven simulations are driving major improvements throughout the product development process, from design concept to final validation. Modeling and simulation allow engineers and designers to thoroughly test product performance, quality, and reliability before creating expensive physical prototypes. However, as simulations grow larger and increasingly complex, many businesses struggle to deliver the bandwidth and scalability necessary to power compute-intensive workloads.


Today’s manufacturers need the latest HPC innovations to enhance product quality, reduce costs, and support an expanding business.

ANSYS solutions for CAE are helping companies of all sizes design and deliver products faster than ever. In fact, these offerings promise to reduce design cycle times up to 40 percent, deliver 4X the number of simulations, and yield $44 of profit for every $1 invested in HPC—which is especially important for those operating on a budget. And backed by density-optimized servers, manufacturers can utilize HPC CAE software and HPC simulations from a number of remote devices and locations, all at an affordable price.

HPC manufacturing solutions are revolutionizing M&E operations, so much that the CAE software market is expected to increase more than 11 percent annually, exceeding $5.8 billion in 2021. For many businesses, advanced CAE and simulation capabilities can mean the difference between survival or losing out to the competition. Those who rapidly deploy end-to-end HPC technologies will have the capacity to succeed in this rapidly evolving industry, significantly enhance product design, and ensure business growth and longevity.

To learn more about how CAE software can optimize the product development process, I invite you to follow me on Twitter at @Bill_Mannel. You can also visit @HPE_HPC for the latest news and updates in HPC solutions for manufacturing.

Bill Mannel
VP & GM - HPC & AI Segment Solutions

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As the Vice President and General Manager of HPC and AI Segment Solutions in the Data Center Infrastructure Group, I lead worldwide business and portfolio strategy and execution for the fastest growing market segments in HPE’s Data Center Infrastructure Group which includes the recent SGI acquisition and the HPE Apollo portfolio.