30 Sep 2014 Heidelberg - At the ISC Cloud'14 Conference in Heidelberg,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to interview Wim Slagter, Lead Product Manager at ANSYS, based in The Netherlands, about the Best Practice Enterprise Cloud for Engineering Simulation. ANSYS is a CAE engineering simulation provider. At ISC Cloud, Wim Slagter shared with the audience best practices for moving engineering simulation in the Cloud and experiences with customers and Cloud partners. The experience ANSYS has learned is that, in order to bring simulation into the Cloud, you better leave your engineering data in the Cloud, in a secured environment. For this, it is good to have a Cloud provider who has both compute facilities as well as storage solutions for that matter.
If you leave the data in the Cloud, another best practice is to get graphical access, rendering graphics for engineering applications, making use of remote display tools. ANSYS has learned these best practices based on UberCloud experiments which are running already for two years by now. ANSYS has seen customers also adopting these best practices and they can clearly benefit from it for daily use of engineering simulation in the Cloud.
Primeur Magazineasked in how many different HPC UberCloud experiments ANSYS participated up till now.
Wim Slagter explained that in total ANSYS has been engaged with ten team projects, consisting of end users of ANSYS applications. Most of them were computational fluid dynamics applications, together with an HPC Cloud provider and obviously a co-ordinator from the team itself. ANSYS has learned through these experiments over the years.
The experiments were also a good basis to build out the ANSYS ecosystem of Cloud partners in this area because ANSYS customers have regional preference for working with Cloud partners and ANSYS can accomodate this through its network of Cloud partners.
Primeur Magazineobserved that the Cloud is relatively something new. Can it be easily adopted by ANSYS customers? Are these experiments really useful to help them adopt to this technology?
Wim Slagter explained that it is not easy enough. ANSYS is working on that, clearly. It is no push-button application at the moment for running ANSYS in the Cloud. ANSYS still relies on working with Cloud partners who are very knowledgeable in the area of HPC, knowledgeable in remote hosting, in security aspects. You need that combination of having a secure environment with people who are knowledgeable in HPC and remote hosting to run your applications in the Cloud.
It is all doable and it can be deployed rather quickly. ANSYS has Cloud partners who can set it up in a couple of days but it is still not a push-button application. ANSYS is still working on that.