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Intel processors boost computing for Ansys design tool

Posted: 13 Mar 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:multi-core Xeon? Xeon Phi? Ansys 16.0? high-performance computing?

Ansys and Intel's partnership is driving design and computing solutions for simulation engineers performing structural analyses. The combination of Ansys 16.0, an engineering design simulator, and Xeon processors, which can run large simulations rapidly, can help designers bring new products to market faster.

Virtual prototype validation tool Ansys 16.0 delivers solutions for electromagnetic, fluid, structural and systems engineering. Among its capabilities are HFSS 3D modelling, fluid dynamics pre-processing for complex geometries, composite structure design, motor and drive system simulation, multi-physics simulation and many others. This multi-function platform thus requires high-power processors to ensure seamless high-performance computing (HPC).

Intel's Xeon Phi coprocessors

With the multi-core Xeon E5 v3 processors and many-core Xeon Phi coprocessors, Ansys 16.0 will be able to run multiple, large simulations quickly; this optimisation can achieve a 300 per cent decrease in solution time, according to an internal testing conducted by Intel. This reduction in simulation time can help in developing higher-quality products while reducing time to market.

"We've worked in tandem with Intel to optimise ANSYS software for the architectural changes in the new processor generation, so customers can leverage HPC technology to incorporate more complex models, whether using finer meshes or investigating non-linear behaviour," said Wim Slagter, lead product manager for HPC at Ansys.

Ansys 16.0's structural mechanics supports Xeon Phi in terms of shared memory and distributed memory parallelism, which can work in Linux and Windows platforms. Virtually, all ANSYS users can accelerate structural mechanics simulations using Xeon Phi coprocessors. For instance, upgrading from the previous-generation Xeon processor and adding one Xeon Phi coprocessor can result in decreased time to solution by up to 3.1 times for Ansys Mechanical simulations.

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