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Altair Engineering Brings the Power of Supercomputing to CFD Engineers with the Help of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

Karan Batta
Vice President, Product

At Oracle Cloud, we want to bring the power of supercomputing to every engineer and scientist. To deliver on this vision, we strive to achieve the best performance in the cloud for our high-performance computing (HPC) customers, investing in technologies like bare metal compute, high-performance networking, and NVMe SSD-based high-performance storage. These core Oracle Cloud technologies and cutting-edge offerings, like our bare metal GPU instances with 8x NVIDIA Tesla Volta V100s, enable us to deliver predictable performance for applications like engineering simulation, AI/ML, seismic processing, and reservoir modeling.

Our customers can realize the potential of these technologies only when a rich ISV ecosystem of applications is running on our platform. After collaborating for over a year, we are excited to announce our work with Altair Engineering. Together, Altair and Oracle will better serve customers globally. Altair provides enterprise-class engineering software that enables innovation, reduces development times, and lowers costs through the entire product lifecycle from concept design to in-service operation. Altair’s simulation-driven approach to innovation is powered by their integrated suite of software, which optimizes design performance across multiple disciplines encompassing structures, motion, fluids, thermal management, electromagnetics, system modeling, and embedded systems, while also providing data analytics and true-to-life visualization and rendering.

Today Altair is announcing the availability of HyperWorks CFD Unlimited on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. HyperWorks CFD Unlimited is a service that offers computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solvers as a service in the Oracle Cloud. Advanced CFD solvers such as Altair ultraFluidX™ and Altair nanoFluidX™ are optimized on the Oracle Cloud to provide overnight simulation results for the most complex cases on a single server. ultraFluidX provides fast prediction of the aerodynamic properties of passenger and heavy-duty vehicles, buildings, and other environmental use cases. nanoFluidX predicts the flow in complex geometries with complex motion, such as oiling in powertrain systems with rotating gears and shafts, using the Smoothed-Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) simulation method. Both solvers are now available on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and can leverage GPU instances, bringing the power of HPC to advanced CFD simulation.

“The combination of Oracle’s HPC capabilities, such as our cutting edge bare-metal GPU infrastructure, including the recently announced GPUs, our new leading low latency RDMA network, and high-performance storage options combined with Altair’s market leading CFD solvers makes this collaboration extremely compelling for large enterprises looking to optimize their product development,” said Vinay Kumar, Vice President, Product Management, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. “We’re working together with Altair to truly define what it means to run HPC workloads in the cloud, and today’s availability of HyperWorks CFD Unlimited proves this."

Both technologies leverage our GPU offering powered by 8x Tesla V100 GPUs and 2x Tesla P100 GPUs. With the launch of a service like HyperWorks CFD Unlimited on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure from Altair, you can truly bring the power of supercomputing to CFD engineer’s fingertips.

“We are excited to expand our relationship with Oracle,” said Sam Mahalingam, Chief Technical Officer for Enterprise Solutions at Altair. “We find that access to GPU compute resources can be challenging for our customers. The integration with Oracle’s cloud platform addresses this challenge, and provides customers the ability to use GPU-based solvers in the cloud for accelerated performance without the need to purchase expensive hardware. Ultimately this leads to improved productivity, optimized resource utilization, and faster time to market.”







We can’t wait to see what customers do with this service. To find out more about HyperWorks CFD Unlimited and to test the service, visit www.altair.com/oracle.

You can also find out more about Oracle Cloud Infrastructure's GPU offerings at https://cloud.oracle.com/iaas/gpu or HPC offerings at https://cloud.oracle.com/iaas/hpc.

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