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.
Whether you’re pro-cloud or anti-cloud, you’d be hard pressed to ignore the commotion caused by the cloud in 2013. To me, the emergence of start-ups like Rescale, CyDesign, and CieSpace signaled the beginning of a new era. Their products give the industry a serious reason to redefine the familiar acronym CAE as Cloud-Aided Engineering instead of Computer-Aided Engineering.
Large manufacturers have been using the private cloud — on-premise high-performance computing (HPC) servers — for years, so that’s not news. But these new vendors are breaking from that tradition by advancing the use of the public cloud: computing resources managed and maintained by the vendor, offered on some type of pay-per-use licensing. Since they deliver not only software products but also on-demand computing power, the old term SaaS (Software as a Service) proves inadequate. The new offerings are often described as IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) or PaaS (Platform as a Service). Continue reading
Graphics-heavy 3D programs once inseparably tied to powerful desktops are migrating. They’re heading into the cloud. More and more are making their debut as SaaS offerings. Today’s announcement from Amazon Web Services (AWS) and NVIDIA is further proof that cloud-hosted CAD is not merely speculative or conceptual; it’s already here, waiting in your browser. Continue reading
High Performance Computing (HPC), while critical to companies and research organizations working on complex, simulation-intensive design problems, is seen as out of reach by many players.
Not only can the wrong HPC hardware and software break the bank for many engineering shops, it can be highly complex, requiring specialized workload management software and skilled expertise to ensure everything is configured so that the environment runs at peak performance. Because of its complexity, there have been plenty of barriers to HPC adoption, particularly for small- and mid-size companies, which can lack the resources to effectively procure, manage, and maintain large HPC clusters. Continue reading
For many businesses that rely heavily on computer-aided engineering (CAE) and rendering software programs, putting up with workstations that slow down or come to a standstill is part of the frustrating day-to-day reality, according to the results of a survey DE recently ran on behalf of IBM Platform Computing. Continue reading