Intelligent Light was an invited participant in the EnterpriseHPC event in California last week, hosted by Tabor Communications. This exclusive event brought together HPC users from across industries to identify common challenges, seek solutions. Manufacturing industry leaders from , Cummins, Gulfstream Aerospace, Mercury Marine, Rolls Royce, and Simpson Strong-Tie joined leaders from finance, life-sciences, technology, health care, retail, and more.
It was clear from the discussions that making the most of valuable people, developing HPC skills, providing new on-ramps for HPC use, and successful collaborations with expert vendor partners were on the minds of many.
HPCwire coverage of the event includes an article by Nicole Hemsoth about the panel discussion aimed at challenges in manufacturing industries. The panel was led by Merle Giles (NCSA) and Intelligent Light’s Roger Rintala participated.
“This event created and nurtured a discussion that elevated above the day to day topics germane to specific industries or application areas. It gave these leaders the opportunity to learn from each other and find new ways to identify and attack workflow bottlenecks and challenges.”
- Roger R. Rintala, Intelligent Light
HPC is a powerful enabler for leading organizations and partners like Intelligent Light can bring the expertise to help HPC users exploit the technology effectively while aligning internal resources with the core strengths of their organizations.
What’s Still Missing for HPC Users in Manufacturing
Intelligent Light was invited to participate in HPC panel discussions at the HPC User Forum in Seattle this month.
The HPC User Forum included a focused section on HPC Cloud Computing and a Disruptive Technologies Panel moderated by IDC’s Earl Joseph. Intelligent Light General Manager Steve Legensky presented “Revolutionizing Innovation with On Demand HPC” and was a Disruptive Technologies Panel member.
“Intelligent Light is proud to participate in our fourth HPC User Forum event. I am told that our opinions and customer experiences are valued by the HPC community since we are actively delivering solutions to today’s HPC challenges in CAE. Our HPC ready software and expert services offerings have been driven and refined through direct involvement with customers working at the leading edge of HPC driven engineering. People become vastly more productive as they harness the power of HPC.”
- Steve M. Legensky, General Manager & Founder, Intelligent Light
Legensky presented in the Cloud Computing session and used two examples of how customers are leveraging Intelligent light technologies to break through some of the barriers of using cloud computing for tera-scale unsteady CFD. In a joint demonstration project for Daimler-Benz, Intelligent Light and CD-adapco teamed up to create a custom FieldView workflow spanning almost half the globe to analyze a combined CFD and solid thermal model for transient vehicle thermal management, reducing weeks of work to hours.
A second success story involved supporting the DoD CREATE team with in-situ post-processing via DOE’s VisIt and libsim. Intelligent Light is commercializing VisIt /libsim under a DOE grant and provides the server-side software via a BSD license: no license fees permit limitless scaling. The CREATE/AV CFD code Kestel can now compute large unsteady cases remotely and save visualization components from VisIt into FieldView extract databases (XDBs). These files are hundred’s of times smaller than the CFD files and are easily brought to the Navy’s PAX River facility for interaction and movie making. What used to take days is now completed in one hour.
“The HPC community is deeply concerned about software licensing costs for scaling to many cores and into the cloud. Our solution, which provides server-side software with no license fee (charging only for the client side software) was well received by both the end user and hardware vendor communities.”
InsideHPC hosts the archive of presentations and discussions in their special HPC User Forum Video Gallery including IDC’s HPC Market Update and IDC’s Top Growth Areas for 2014 and Beyond by Earl Joseph.
Intelligent Light R&D continues to produce new tools for large scale CFDParametric Studies. EPISODE is a new large scale data management tool that enables an engineer to readily extract knowledge and insight from their large scale physics based simulations and experimental data. EPISODE provides tools that enable the user to create a relevant subset of their solution results via in-situ data extraction at regions of interest, further reduce the size of that data via proper orthogonal decomposition (POD), and then sort the parametric space of both the input and output solver parameters using self organizing maps (SOMs).
This project consists of new data extracts and compression methods based upon POD (proper orthogonal decomposition) and image compression methods such as JPEG. In addition, we’re developing a new UI based upon self organizing maps which will automatically sort a large number of simulations based upon the parametric inputs and outputs. The result is a set of colored maps that helps to determine the trends in the data. The user will be able to click on different areas of the map which will then display the results in FieldView. The results may be directly from the CFD solver, reconstructed from the POD or it may be computed from a reduced order model (ROM) that was derived from the CFD and POD results.
The EPISODE project will address limitations of current data analysis tools by:
- Performing data management and post-processing in-situ, without writing to storage and without direct engineer interaction.
- Maintain ability to support high-frequency information for maximum temporal fidelity.
- Handle both experimental and computational data together, supporting automated batch processing.
- Deliver post-processing capabilities to rapidly collect engineering information such as mass flows through a passage, FFTs, etc.
Key project collaborators include:
- Robert Haimes from MIT – Haimes’ expertise will support the development of a scalable data extracts architecture and plug-in components.
- Prof. Steven Gorrell from BYU – Professor Gorrell contributes CFD domain expertise in applications for gas turbines.
This work is sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) through a Phase II SBIR, Contract FA8650-14-C-2439, and TPOC Michael List.