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Turbocharging CAE/CAD Workloads with HPC Modeling and Simulation



To drive manufacturing innovation, companies are investing in tools that provide more detailed and accurate models of complex systems to improve nearly every aspect of the product development cycle.

In the fiercely competitive landscape of industrial manufacturing, reducing design cycle times to bring new products to market faster has become crucial to success. To drive manufacturing innovation, companies are investing in tools that allow them to generate more detailed and accurate models of complex components and systems, test new products quickly and cost-effectively, and streamline nearly every aspect of the product development cycle.

High performance computing (HPC) technologies provide the compute power necessary to support the complex simulations that help manufacturers develop newCAESimBlog.jpg products faster and more efficiently. Used primarily to fuel computer-aided engineering (CAE) and computer-aided design (CAD) systems that simulate a product’s various components, HPC enables designers to quickly adapt designs and better understand how a product will perform in a real-world environment. This form of virtual prototyping allows designers and engineers to design, optimize, validate, and visualize a product digitally at any point in the product development process to gain more visibility into the strengths and potential weaknesses of their product. Virtual prototyping also helps lower the costs of product development by reducing the need for costly physical prototypes.

HPC-powered CAE/CAD workloads can help improve the product design and development process in a number of key ways:

  • Faster turnaround times: High-powered computing tools can generate complex simulations faster and in greater fidelity, so engineers can produce more design variations in less time. This limits disruption to the creative process and helps to complete designs more quickly and confidently.
  • Better simulations of real world behavior: Advances in HPC and graphics processing unit (GPU) technologies now allow designers to leverage a more reality-based design approach that mimics the real-world behavior of light, fluids, and various materials.
  • Enhanced collaboration among design teams: Virtual GPU (vGPU) and virtual desktop technology provide the ability to keep design data safe and secure in the data center, while delivering an immersive graphics experience to designers regardless of location. This enhances collaboration among dispersed design teams, and allows them to work on the same project simultaneously.

Better, faster HPC-driven simulations are improving the product development process for a variety of industries. To use an example from the aerospace industry, consider the millions of components on an average passenger jet that must all be simulated in order to develop a new airplane. A special study by IDC revealed that computational modeling of different aircraft components in combination with supercomputers enabled a 50 percent reduction in wind tunnel testing for a large U.S. aircraft manufacturer. Based on the number of aircraft that are being produced each year, this has the potential to save the industry billions of dollars annually.

Manufacturers who are not yet leveraging HPC-driven simulations to improve the product design process can begin by investing in tools that boost their compute infrastructure and provide the scalability to support complex simulation workloads. Density-optimized servers that are designed to simplify system and data management, reduce costs and complexity, and seamlessly scale can help manufacturers deliver complex simulations from a central compute resource. Incorporating the power of GPUs can accelerate intensely visual workloads and allow designers to leverage reality-based design to improve every aspect of their products. NVIDIA’s industry-leading line of Tesla GPUs is proven to process petabytes of data faster and deliver the horsepower needed to run larger, more accurate simulations than ever before.

HPC solutions from NVIDIA and HPE are powering the simulations that are helping to create quality products at a reduced development time and cost, which ultimately enables manufacturers to succeed in a highly competitive global marketplace. Please follow me on Twitter at @Bill_Mannel for more news and updates on how HPC simulation is revolutionizing the manufacturing industry. And for the latest happenings in the realm of HPC, AI, deep learning, and more, check out @HPE_HPC and @NvidiaAI.

Bill Mannel
VP & GM - HPC & AI Segment Solutions

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As the Vice President, Business Operations, HPC and AI Segment Solutions,  and General Manager, Commercial HPC, I lead worldwide business execution and commercial HPC focus for one of the fastest growing market segments in Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Hybrid IT (HIT) group which includes the recent Cray acquisition and the HPE Apollo portfolio.


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