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Primeur weekly 2012-08-13

Exascale supercomputing

Department of Energy awards $62 million in contracts to accelerate development of 'extreme scale' supercomputers ...

The Cloud

DreamWorks Animation drives innovation with HP Cloud Services ...

DDN and Alliance Technology Group enable data-intensive intelligence & surveillance organisations to economically harness the power of Big Data and Cloud collaboration ...

Applied Math Modeling releases Cloud-based, next-generation data centre design software ...

EuroFlash

Altair RADIOSS structural solver achieves unmatched performance using NVIDIA GPUs ...

UK’s Atomic Weapons Establishment selects Rogue Wave's ThreadSpotter ...

Future Internet PPP - Information Day on Call 2, Objectives 1.8 & 1.9 ...

What makes Paris look like Paris? Carnegie Mellon software finds stylistic core ...

USFlash

UC San Diego team aims to broaden researcher access to protein simulation ...

UC San Diego and Yale awarded collaborative NSF grant for Neuroscience Gateway ...

GPU acceleration of top genomics application with OpenACC promises to help speed delivery of life-saving drugs ...

DataDirect Networks debuts comprehensive management suite to simplify Big Data infrastructure scale up and scale out ...

DataDirect Networks announces rapid uptake of award-winning SFA technology across Australia's research computing community ...

EMC DLm8000 first mainframe virtual tape library to deliver synchronous replication ...

Swinburne to unveil the hidden universe ...

AMD launches first-ever AMD FirePro APU providing a powerful integrated visual computing platform for CAD and media and entertainment work flows ...

SGI reports fourth quarter and fiscal year 2012 financial results ...

Dell helps to power NASA's latest mission to Mars ...

Large private donation launches Institute for Advanced Computational Science at Stony Brook University ...

Computer models calculate systems-wide costs of gene expression ...

XSEDE brings in NCSA's Alan Craig as Digital Humanities Specialist ...

Applied Math Modeling releases Cloud-based, next-generation data centre design software

8 Aug 2012 Concord - Applied Math Modeling Inc., a provider of data center modelling software, has launched CoolSim 4 - the next generation of the company's airflow modelling software. As the industry's only Cloud-based implementation, CoolSim 4 has been designed from the ground up with ease-of-use and scalability in mind.

"CoolSim 4 takes data centre design software to a completely new level", stated Paul Bemis, CEO of Applied Math Modeling. "For the first time, customers can quickly and accurately determine the total cost to operate their data centre, the maximum equipment loading for a given data centre, and the optimal placement of cooling and thermal loads - all in a cost-effective Cloud computing environment."

CoolSim 4 allows users to predict the effect of failed cooling units and the energy savings related to optimizing airflow using techniques such as containment (Hot-Aisle/Cold-Aisle) or reduced fan speeds. And because CoolSim 4 is highly scalable, data centre energy optimization occurs through the rapid manipulation of design parameters.

"We have realized for some time that to meet the needs of users in the data centre modelling market, the issues of large scale, parametric based energy optimization were important", stated Paul Bemis. "With CoolSim 4, we open the door to the next generation of truly predictive data centre modelling solutions."

Key features of CoolSim 4 include:

  • The ability to accurately predict the total energy envelope for a data centre using metrics including PUE (Power Utilization Effectiveness), RTI (Return Temperature Index), and RCI (Rack Cooling Index). Using these new metrics, data center operators and design engineers can quickly and easily assimilate CoolSim CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) output results, and make energy optimization decisions.
  • A new advanced user environment with an embedded high performance graphics engine based on OpenSceneGraph. This open source graphics engine, popular in the gaming industry, provides a highly interactive, photorealistic environment for the creation of 3D data centre models.
  • Data center models will be easier to build, manage, and maintain as a result of the new object-oriented, database-driven modeling environment with hierarchical XML data structures. This key feature will allow the CoolSim 4 component library to scale comfortably without performance degradation.
  • Extensibility to upstream and/or downstream applications such as real-time data sensor or Data Center Information Management (DCIM) systems. All CoolSim 4 data can be searched and replaced by external programmes using simple XML transforms allowing CoolSim 4 to integrate easily into existing data centre software systems.

"I am thrilled to finally see a cost-effective CFD tool for rapidly analyzing the thermal environment in today's data centre that incorporates the new RTI, RCI, and PUE metrics", stated Dr. Magnus Herrlin, president of ANCIS Inc., a designer of indoor environmental and energy solutions for data centres. "This key capability will allow users to rapidly optimize their data centre designs for lowest possible energy consumption."

CoolSim 4 is based upon an all new model building environment, which improves user productivity by allowing models to be built in multiple concurrent views. Thus the data centre model can be constructed using both 2D and 3D views at the same time. The option to use multiple display monitors is also supported, offering additional on-screen real estate for building more accurate representations of the data centre.

Once built, the model is automatically submitted to a hosted high-performance computing (HPC) cluster for processing using ANSYS/FLUENT (CFD) technology. After the simulation is complete, HTML output reports and 3D visual images are produced and sent to the user. This mechanism allows users to perform multiple "what-if" studies of their data centres to determine the optimal placement of existing equipment, evaluate new or alternative designs, or visualize the effect of adding new equipment to an existing room.

Applied Math Modeling continues to drive down total cost-of-ownership (TCO) for customers by delivering CoolSim 4 using a hosted Software as a Service (SaaS) model that includes the software and the computational capacity to perform the complex CFD calculations.

"No longer do users have to pay the high annual license fees, or invest in expensive local computer servers to use a CFD based data center modeling tool", Paul Bemis stated. “With CoolSim 4, users can leverage the same technology used in the aerospace and automotive markets at a fraction of the cost of 'local processing only' solutions." By using the CoolSim 4 subscription model, occasional users can select a usage plan that meets their specific needs.
Source: Applied Math Modeling

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Primeur weekly 2012-08-13

Exascale supercomputing

Department of Energy awards $62 million in contracts to accelerate development of 'extreme scale' supercomputers ...

The Cloud

DreamWorks Animation drives innovation with HP Cloud Services ...

DDN and Alliance Technology Group enable data-intensive intelligence & surveillance organisations to economically harness the power of Big Data and Cloud collaboration ...

Applied Math Modeling releases Cloud-based, next-generation data centre design software ...

EuroFlash

Altair RADIOSS structural solver achieves unmatched performance using NVIDIA GPUs ...

UK’s Atomic Weapons Establishment selects Rogue Wave's ThreadSpotter ...

Future Internet PPP - Information Day on Call 2, Objectives 1.8 & 1.9 ...

What makes Paris look like Paris? Carnegie Mellon software finds stylistic core ...

USFlash

UC San Diego team aims to broaden researcher access to protein simulation ...

UC San Diego and Yale awarded collaborative NSF grant for Neuroscience Gateway ...

GPU acceleration of top genomics application with OpenACC promises to help speed delivery of life-saving drugs ...

DataDirect Networks debuts comprehensive management suite to simplify Big Data infrastructure scale up and scale out ...

DataDirect Networks announces rapid uptake of award-winning SFA technology across Australia's research computing community ...

EMC DLm8000 first mainframe virtual tape library to deliver synchronous replication ...

Swinburne to unveil the hidden universe ...

AMD launches first-ever AMD FirePro APU providing a powerful integrated visual computing platform for CAD and media and entertainment work flows ...

SGI reports fourth quarter and fiscal year 2012 financial results ...

Dell helps to power NASA's latest mission to Mars ...

Large private donation launches Institute for Advanced Computational Science at Stony Brook University ...

Computer models calculate systems-wide costs of gene expression ...

XSEDE brings in NCSA's Alan Craig as Digital Humanities Specialist ...