European Academics Access Increased HPC Computing Power
Shawn Wasserman posted on January 30, 2015 |

Academics around Europe will soon have access to greater HPC computing power thanks to a partnership between ANSYS simulation software and the University of Stuttgart’s High Performance Computing (HPC) Center, HLRS.

ANSYS’ HPC capabilities will allow researchers to perform simulations through HLRS’ supercomputers. This will allow analysts to perform even more complex simulations, such as computational fluid dynamics (CFD) within internal combustion engines or industrial machines.

CFD simulations of this caliber will often have all variables analyzed across time and space. This level of calculations is significantly demanding on HPCs with respect to storage and power. Additionally, complex phenomena such as fuel injectors, combustion, emission formation, evaporation and liquid-solid interactions demand equally complex simulation models – putting a lot of strain on the typical school’s HPC infrastructure.

"In the past, academia's adoption of solutions such as those provided by ANSYS on high-end supercomputing platforms was hindered by cost. In some cases, the lack of domain expertise in applying HPC to scientific research represented an additional obstacle … This partnership will remove those hurdles, demonstrate the potential of supercomputing and accelerate cutting-edge CFD research in academic labs," said Wim Slagter, Lead Product Manager at ANSYS.

The collaboration should greatly improve the area’s HPC infrastructure. For example, academic users will have access to systems like HLRS’ Hornet. Hornet is a Cray XC40 petascale supercomputer. It has the Cray Aries network and almost 95,000 Intel Haswell processors. The ANSYS platform allows users to scale to over 20,000 processors, so academics will have no problem performing complex multiphysics, multi-scale simulations using Hornet.

HLRS Director Michael M. Resch said, "This partnership will help to accelerate the pace of groundbreaking research for the development of commercial products in the equipment manufacturing and automotive sectors, among others … As one of Europe's leading HPC centers, we are proud to have further enhanced our access to HPC technology and computational services that are secure and extremely scalable. These new capabilities enable us to strengthen one of the world's best scientific research ecosystems.”

Source ANSYS.

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