Scale your CFD infrastructure quickly with Intel Select Solutions
Posted on 11 May, 2020
When the smallest calculation can make all the difference you need infrastructure you can trust to run your CFD simulations - read our handy guide to get started...
High Performance Computing (HPC) Simulation and Modeling can be the answer you've been looking for bringing about success as you speed up your simulations, but if built on the incorrect infrastructure it can be a costly and time-consuming thing to rectify.
Manufacturing and research companies rely on CFD/CAE in an increasingly competitive envrionment to provide the capabilities to explore design parameters, reduce protoyping costs and produce optimized products within a shorter timeframe. Many applications used in CFD/CAE are capable of distributing computation across multiple machines that are configured to act as one - a cluster! An HPC cluster will provide a scalable resource that will give the user results faster, a better grained model and ultimately vastly higher productivity when compared to a single-system model for simulation workloads.
HPC can be an acronym that fills those outside of the HPC world with dread, it can come across as a complicated, multi-faceted and sometimes contradictory area of computing that seems like too much of a risk to get wrong. Having the skills or expertise to design, configure, order, deploy and maintain scalable HPC clusters is no doubt a barrier.
When it comes to HPC there is so much more to consider than installing the right core-count CPU, memory and storage configuration. Remote-vizualisation, job scheduling and workload management software all need to be carefully considered and deployed. In addition, integrating the harware and software is can swallow up time during assembly... so what is the answer?
Can a balance be struck between the single-system model and scalable HPC clusters?
In short...yes! Intel Select Solutions for Simulation and Modeling are a guided path to success with quick-to-deploy infrastructure that significantly reduces the complexity for the purchaser, Boston have been very successful working with key customers deploying Intel Select Solution-based clusters in their CFD environments. Using a standards-based approach defined in the HPC Platform Specification, these solutions provide verified interoperability with common applications used in simulation and modeling.
They must also meet or exceed characteristics and performance thresholds that are needed for scaling performance across the cluster. Branded designs like the Boston Intel Select Solution for Simulation and Modeling, have demonstrated these capabilities and are ready for deployment.
The recently upgraded Boston Intel Select Solution for Simulation and Modeling utilizes 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable Gold processors, the latest Intel® SSD DC Family for local scratch storage, Intel SSD DC Family storage to augment parallel file system storage and Intel® Omni-Path networking; this solution can also be customized at Boston to your exact requirements if you need a little more processing power or a different configuration of storage. Our in-house team of experts are available to you from conception to installation to answer any queries or address any concerns you may have.
To help our clients make informed decisions about new technologies, we have opened up our research & development facilities and actively encourage customers to try the latest platforms using their own tools and if necessary together with their existing hardware. Remote access is also available