It began as a request from a customer, an automotive OEM, according to Peter Schroer, Aras Corp’s CEO. The customer wanted to know if Aras PLM can be deployed across 100,000+ users without performance degradation.
“So we created a team — Aras, Microsoft, HP, and [tech consulting firm] Logic20/20 — to explore the upper limit scalability of the Aras architecture running on Microsoft SQL Server,” said Schroer.
The controlled experiment involves 500,000 named users with 125,000 concurrent users — “the largest testing conducted to date in the enterprise PLM industry,” according to Aras. The results of the benchmark test are published in a PDF report, downloadable at http://aras.com/plm/002298. Continue reading
After Dell made headlines last year for taking the publicly traded company private to allow it to innovate more freely, the company’s workstation division is having its “coming out party,” as Jeff Clark, who founded Dell’s workstation business 17 years ago called it. It’s a virtualization party, and the guest list includes the company’s software and hardware partners, as well as its customers.
The press event is taking place just a few miles up the road from Austin, where the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference begins tomorrow. At the event today, Dell announced that it is working with independent software vendors (ISVs), channel partners, virtualization software providers and its customers to move their applications from the desktop to the datacenter. The innovation comes in the knowledge of how to optimize virtualization for specific applications, so that software from Siemens, PTC, SolidWorks or Autodesk, for instance, runs as quickly as possible in a virtual environment.
Tom Weiss has an imagination with infinite computing cores. At any given moment, Weiss, project manager for ACME Scenic and Display, may be conjuring up complex theatrical sets, storefront displays, and museum exhibits. He and his colleagues were responsible for the full-sized mammoth and its natural habitat inside Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in Oregon; the Spartan statue guarding the NCAA Championship display inside the University of Tampa, Florida; and the Renaissance castle interior for Sarasota Opera’s performance of Otello.
But Weiss had a PC that couldn’t keep up with his thinking. The 20-min system boot, jagged graphics, jumpy cursor, and system crashes were beginning to try his patience. Continue reading
Josha Lewis can teach how to you to use the complex machinery and equipment in offshore oil platforms and underground mines. With his method, you don’t necessarily need to be on an oil rig or in a mineshaft. You can do this from a computer.
As the CTO of the Training Systems division of Check-6, Lewis is responsible for developing the company’s PC-based training program CATS (stands for Competency Assurance Training System). Check-6 customers use it to train their new hires and to test the skill level of their employees.
The system was designed by “commercial and combat aviators” for “the Game Boy generation,” in Check-6′s own words. The experience is much like being in Microsoft Flight Simulator, a highly popular video game that lets you take control of a realistic airplane cockpit. Lewis and his team put in a lot of efforts to make CATS’s virtual environment feel real. If a trainee makes a catastrophic operational error, he or she will witness an explosion, complete with flames and smokes (thankfully, also virtual). Continue reading
Digital manufacturing, PLM, and lightweight materials design took center stage this week as the Obama administration launched a pair of public-private manufacturing innovation institutes as a part of its on-going push to re-invigorate U.S. manufacturing.
Led by the Department of Defense and supported by a $140 million Federal commitment in addition to millions in non-federal resources, the administration announced a Detroit-headquartered consortium of businesses and universities focused on lightweight and modern materials manufacturing and a similar Chicago-based center that will concentrate on digital manufacturing and design technologies. Continue reading