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Maximizing Business Productivity with HPC-Driven Simulations



Engineers are ramping up spending on simulation technologies to develop higher-quality, lower-cost products. HPC can help them extract maximum value from their simulation horsepower.

Today’s engineers face an intensely competitive climate marked by heightened customer demands, evolving industry requirements, and the need to innovate in order to succeed. The ability to harness information to power 3D models and simulations has become critical to reach key insights, increase business value, and enhance the speed and quality of operations. 

The widespread adoption of computer-aided engineering (CAE) software with advanced simulation capabilities has helped engineers design and visualize new offerings more efficiently, reduce development cycle times, and accelerate the process of CAEsimBlog.jpgevaluating the performance, reliability, and safety of new products early in the R&D process. The predictive qualities of realistic simulation applications can pinpoint potential issues with product quality or production methods, which significantly reduces the amount of time and money spent on physical prototypes.

Aberdeen Group’s Product Innovation & Engineering experts assert that simulation is no longer negotiable for businesses looking to design and deliver higher-quality, lower-cost products. According to their research, organizations are investing heavily in advanced simulation technologies for a number of reasons, such as shortened product development schedules, competitive pressures to differentiate products, customer demand for affordable products, and the need for greater innovation to create new market opportunities.

Many engineers are ramping up spending on simulation technologies in an effort to develop new products quickly and efficiently; however, some businesses still struggle to extract maximum value from their simulation horsepower. A recent PricewaterhouseCoopers study revealed that higher IT spending can have little to no correlation with better financial performance—the right steps are taken.

Engineers can maximize the value of their simulation efforts by scaling-up compute power to better accommodate the escalating demands of increasingly complex and realistic simulation models. High performance computing (HPC) technologies enable CAE users to run data-rich simulations quickly, increase model reliability, and achieve more successful outcomes in record time. These organizations are turbocharging workplace productivity with faster turnaround times, in addition to supporting larger and more complex workloads and improving collaborative efforts end to end. HPC solutions optimized for simulation workloads empower businesses in multiple ways:

  • Faster time-to-value for simulation-driven design workflows
  • Streamlined product development cycles and faster job execution times
  • Reduction in the number of physical prototypes needed to verify product design
  • Increased ability to meet rigorous cost, performance, and time-to-market deadlines

In today’s tough competitive climate, simply creating new products is no longer enough to succeed. HPC engineering drives higher levels of product performance and operational efficiency, making it a “must-have” for engineers as they strive to gain competitive advantage, slash product development times, and convert their most innovative ideas into business value.

Adopting the right HPC solutions is key to attain more powerful simulation outcomes, making IT innovation a crucial first step to ramp up the product development process. Partnering with a trusted compute provider helps organizations evaluate which innovations can best support their CAE applications and IT needs, and ensures that simulation workloads are matched with the proper hardware configurations.

To learn more about how HPC-driven simulation can enhance your business, I encourage you to follow me on Twitter at @wheatHPC.

Stephen Wheat
Director, HPC Vertical Solutions and Apollo Pursuits
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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Dr. Stephen Wheat manages HPE’s HPC Vertical Solutions and Apollo Pursuits efforts at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. He directs teams that focus on the growth opportunities in Life Sciences, Financial Services, Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, and Weather. Dr. Wheat has been in the HPC community for 37 years. He was included twice in the HPCwire list of People to Watch, in 2006 and 2011. In 2008, he was identified as one of 25 NAS Superstar people at NASA Advanced Supercomputing Division’s 25th anniversary. He is a Gordon Bell prize winner.