Friday Jun 06, 2014

SPARC T5-4 Engineering Simulation Solution

A recent Oracle internal performance evaluation for computer-based product design demonstrated that Oracle's SPARC T5-4 server running MSC's SimManager simulation software with Oracle Database 12c consolidates the work of multiple x86 servers while delivering better overall performance.   Engineering simulation solutions have taken the center stage in helping companies design and develop innovative products while reducing physical prototyping costs, and exploring a larger design space, resulting in more design possibilities.

For this solution, a single SPARC T5-4 server running Oracle Solaris 11 was deployed to consolidate the MSC SimManager server, the Oracle Database 12c server, and the web application server onto a single platform. An automotive design workload was deployed to demonstrate how the SPARC T5-4 server can be used to consolidate the work of multiple x86 servers and deliver better overall performance while reducing complexity and achieving optimal product designs. 

A joint Oracle/MSC Software solution brief describes this in more detail:  A Simplified Solution for Product Lifecycle Management MSC SimManager on a SPARC T5-4 Server

Tuesday Feb 24, 2009

Daimler gets scalable STAR-CD I/O with Lustre

Daimler AG, one of the world’s largest auto manufacturers and the maker of the luxury Mercedes cars, had been running CD-adapco's STAR-CD application for Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to simulate large models of multi-million cells on a cluster of Sun Fire X4100 servers, for some time. Interestingly, Sun was chosen for its ability to innovate in the commodity computing (Lintel) space; while all vendors now feature the same chips from AMD and/or Intel, Sun differentiates itself through a well-thought and high-quality packaging that delivers higher RAS and lower power consumption --down to 56% reduction compared to competitive servers at the time of launch.

"The server products were particularly convincing, especially because of their well-designed heat management. Ultimately, our demands in this regard are very high because of the density of the computers in the server rooms. Favorable heat management provides a long hardware service life."
Dr. Volker Schwarz, Team Leader, Aerodynamics and Aeroacoustics Department, Daimler AG

The computation part of STAR-CD scaled very well across the 100's of processors in the Daimler cluster. Parallel computing makes it possible to routinely work on a 100M-cell mesh, thus allowing engineers to simulate entire structures. As a result, the start-up and closing phases of a simulation run, where models are decomposed into input files for each cluster node to read, could eventually dominate the simulation time, and Daimler experienced a bottleneck beyond 100 processors with NFS, which is not exactly suited for highly parallel I/O.

Enters Lustre. The Lustre file system employs object-based storage to scale to 10000's of nodes…

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