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
Astrobotic, a Pittsburgh-based space robotic technology developer, is currently one of the teams competing for the $30 million Google Lunar X Prize. To win, Astrobotic and roughly 20 other teams are racing against one another — and against time — to be the first “to safely land a robot on the surface of the Moon, have that robot travel 500 meters over the lunar surface, and send video, images and data back to the Earth,” as the rules specify.
Since Astrobotic relies on software driven simulation, conducted primarily in ANSYS and MathWorks MATLAB, the company can improve its odds in the competition by speeding up its simulation workflow. But Astrobotic came up against the “dead node” issue — workstations that became unavailable for other uses because their resources were fully consumed in simulation computing. Continue reading
On a bright sunny Friday, I ventured out to San Francisco’s South of Market District (SOMA), to locate the office of Rescale in the cluster of start-ups that dot the neighborhood. Somewhere between GreenCitizen Inc. and Kate O’Briens Irish pub, I found the buzzer to Rescale’s door.
Sunny Manivannan, Rescale’s VP of business development, popped his head out to identify the entrance. (I had already overshot the floor and was half way up another flight.) “The floor labeling system isn’t the best here,” he said. Continue reading