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Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Makes End-to-End Engineering Simulation Possible with Altair

Amarendra Joshi
Global ISV Lead - HPC

Computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided engineering (CAE) tools have traditionally required engineers stay close to their compute hardware. Not anymore. Altair’s HyperWorks™ Unlimited Virtual Appliance with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure removes the dependency that engineers have with on-premises software licenses or on-premises hardware, and delivers state-of-the-art product design tools to every engineer in the cloud. Engineers can now run massive engineering simulations anywhere in the world from almost any device.

How It Works

HyperWorks Unlimited Virtual Appliance is a suite of engineering software running on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure that lets engineers build models and perform engineering analysis and design optimization for different performance requirements. The virtual appliance brings software, platform, and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) to CAE users in a single interface. It uses Altair’s patented licensing system and HyperWorks tools in a modern, scalable, high-performance computing (HPC) infrastructure through a secure and efficient web-based platform.

HyperWorks Unlimited Virtual Appliance lets companies expand their CAE computing capacity and quickly use HPC to manage resources efficiently. Oracle provides the cloud that ensures Altair customers don’t sacrifice performance.

What's Behind the Technology

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure provides remote direct memory access (RDMA)-enabled cluster networking and bare metal HPC instances. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure now combines its proven HPC instance with a low-latency network that can span more than 20,000 cores. The compute shape has 36 cores from two 3.7GHz Intel® Xeon® Gold 6154 processors, 384 GB RAM, and 6.4 TB NVME local storage. Using powerful NVIDIA GPUs available on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, customers can post-process their results on the cloud through remote visualization.

Scalability Advantages

HyperWorks Unlimited Virtual Appliance on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure simplifies IT administration, software support, and support for third-party applications in a scalable, turnkey HPC environment. Altair’s virtual appliance also enables customers to perform Design of Experiments (DOE) and stochastics and numerical optimization studies. These optimization methods rely on the parallelization and scaling that Oracle provides.

The bare metal HPC infrastructure scales from a single HPC node to hundreds of nodes and provides the same low-latency performance that HPC users have on-premises. HyperWorks Unlimited Virtual Appliance users can scale out their optimizations or scale up without constraint.

Altair AcuSolve™ is one of the many applications that the virtual appliance enables, and the following data shows the scaling performance of it on Oracle’s RDMA cluster network. With an increase in the number of nodes, AcuSolve was able to scale to near-ideal levels on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

To learn more about Altair’s HyperWorks Unlimited Virtual Appliance, visit altair.com.

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