Ansys has said that users of its software users can realize better gains in speed, fidelity and productivity with the new the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600, realized in collaboration with Ansys high-performance computing (HPC) experts. By accelerating throughput, the new Intel processor technologies will enable Anysys users to consider more product ideas, easily making design tradeoffs and increasing their engineering productivity.
Intel teamed with Ansys in developing the solution since engineering simulation generates numerically large computing problems — and product development teams are often considered “power users” of corporate computing resources.
“Ansys has worked with Intel to make sure our joint customers can leverage the new Xeon processor family to ensure their products will perform as expected in the real word. This new platform represents a powerhouse for a majority of workflows and is a strategic technology to enable engineering simulation in HPC environment,” said Jim Cashman, president and CEO of ANSYS.
Anticipating HPC improvements such as Intel’s, Ansys continually adds new capabilities to its software. For example, using a demonstration project called 50:50:50, automotive engineers leverage morphing, advanced computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solver numeric’s, HPC environments and process automators to simulate 50 shape variants of a vehicle, with high-fidelity CFD simulations that use a computational mesh of 50 million cells for simulating each design point, in a total elapsed time of 50 hours after initial case setup. This is already an impressive result but, by using Intel’s new-generation Xeon E5-2600 processors, these same simulations now take only 34 hours — an additional improvement of 48 percent.
“Customers using Ansys engineering simulation software expect accuracy, efficiency and throughput to generate outstanding designs as quickly as possible,” said Dr. Rajeeb Hazra, vice president and general manager of Intel’s Technical Computing Group. “Intel and Ansys, working together, have enabled the new Intel Xeon Processor E5-2600 to deliver the compute performance, memory performance and IO performance to enable ANSYS’ latest technology to achieve breakthrough performance for a wide range of users.”
ANSYS and Intel continue to explore the limits of scale-out processing, including the MIC architecture, which combines numerous Intel processing cores onto a single chip. Other collaborative efforts include interconnect optimization, with ANSYS and Intel’s Fabric Technology Group working to further enhance the performance and scalability.