When EURO/CFD was founded in 2005, the company understood that numerical calculations helped reduce costs and development lifecycles for industrial projects, and ensured product quality. However, the heavy costs of technical engineers with CFD skills, HPC hardware, and software licenses, were often a barrier to numerical calculations. EURO/CFD was established to provide industrial corporations with an option to outsource numerical studies. The company rapidly became an innovative SME by bringing together CFD experts and developing customised solutions for customers.
transtec has been developing and producing high-quality IT systems for over 30 years, and is a valued partner of Bright's. Together, the two companies have collaborated on a number of large accounts across Europe.
With 1,500 cores, EURO/CFD has a large HPC environment for a company of its size. transtec, who has provided systems integration and professional services to EURO/CFD for many years, recognized it would be an advantage for EURO/CFD to transition from a Microsoft-based HPC solution, to a Linux-based HPC solution - to improve resiliency, stability, and to allow the HPC environment to be more scalable. This supported EURO/CFD's strategy to place greater emphasis on its HPC infrastructure, not just to support its own demanding computations, but also to offer HPC on demand to its large network of customers, who wish to outsource their numerical calculations.
By selecting Bright's HPC infrastructure management technology, EURO/CFD will benefit from Bright Cluster Manager's advanced configuration and automation to install and deploy the new Linux environment. A key factor for EURO/CFD choosing Bright was the intuitive GUI which will make monitoring the entire cluster from a single pane of glass, both easy and comprehensive. EURO/CFD also has a requirement for a parallel file system; something that Bright can support.
EURO/CFD's high value HPC solution has been designed by transtec, and comprises Supermicro hardware, a very large Infiniband network, and NICE software solution for remote visualization. Bright will provide a strong and solid foundation to underpin the solution, to provision, operate, monitor, manage, and scale the platform from a central user interface.
Karim Loueslati, Co-Founder of EURO/CFD, commented: "We are confident that the new HPC infrastructure built by transtec will give us a more resilient platform that scales to support new projects from customers that seek to use our HPC on demand capability."
John Morelle, HPC Sales Manager at transtec, added: "Our goal has always been to provide EURO/CFD with the best solutions on the market, and this HPC environment is no exception. EURO/CFD is an expert in its field, and we are confident that are building a platform that will help the company serve its customers into the future, and win new market share as a result of its powerful HPC offering."
Lee Carter, VP EMEA at Bright, stated: "transtec and Bright have worked together on a number of significant accounts in recent years. This project at EURO/CFD is particularly exciting, as it addresses the requirement in the industrial manufacturing market for robust, scalable, and easily accessible HPC."