Altair calls for simulation specialists to test out High-Performance Computing in the cloud

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Simulation specialists – apply with your project for the chance of a cloud-computing boost

Altair is on the look out for simulation specialists to take part in a High-Performance Computing Cloud Challenge utilizing Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Intel technologies.

The challenge is designed to give firms the opportunity to experience the power of CAE in the cloud as a viable, scalable option to accelerate product innovation, says Altair.
Altair asks CAE users to submit project ideas to a team of Altair, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Intel representatives who then select qualified projects to accept into the program. Weight will be given to the type of problem, as well as the impact on product design innovation, says Altair.

Altair will supply accepted participants with software, computing resources, and product support for the duration of the program.

Participants may choose from among six different configurations of Altair’s HyperWorks Unlimited (HWUL) Virtual Appliance, a turnkey software solution for high-performance computing in the cloud. Access is free of charge, and participants may use the Virtual Appliance for seven or more days to complete engineering tasks for their Challenge project.

The lowest configuration starts with 32 cores and the highest can go up to 128 cores or more on the Intel Xeon processor E5 product family. The free use of Altair’s HWUL Virtual Appliance is supplemented through free credits from AWS.


“Getting a system ready in less than 15 minutes, with unlimited licensing of Altair’s industry-leading HyperWorks application software and seamless integration with PBS Works middleware and Altair’s HyperStudy for design of experiments and numerical optimization, paves the path for infinite design exploration. Making this completely turnkey for the engineer is our number one job,” said Ravi Kunju, Altair’s Vice President of Strategy and Business Development.

“This Cloud Challenge is a great opportunity for the engineering community to experience the power of scalable CAE capabilities on the AWS Cloud,” said Hugo Saleh, Director of Technical Computing Segment Marketing and Industry Development, Enterprise and HPC Platforms Group at Intel.

“The collaboration with Altair and AWS brings the best of software, infrastructure, and hardware based on leading Intel E5 Xeon Processors, together to enable broader use of advanced simulation and modeling techniques.”

Proposals will be accepted through to 30 September 2015.

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