8 July 2011
HyperWorks On-Demand (HWOD), a high-performance computing (HPC) solution for design innovation in the Cloud has been released by Altair Engineering. HWOD utilises Altair’s patented licensing system, providing access to HyperWorks and a modern, scalable HPC infrastructure through a secure and efficient Web-based platform.
Customers can use their existing HyperWorks Units (HWUs) or purchase a pool of HWUs residing on HWOD to gain access to an extensive selection of Altair products and the HPC infrastructure required to run those applications. The Altair products currently available on HWOD include Radioss, a multi-disciplinary finite element solver for structural analysis; OptiStruct, a structural optimisation solver; AcuSolve, a finite-element-based computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solver; and Altair’s BatchMesher, a high-fidelity finite element mesher for large assemblies. Additional solutions, including solvers from the HyperWorks Partner Alliance and HyperWorks desktop applications, will be added soon.
HWOD is the only HPC cloud offering that allows customers to simultaneously use the power of their existing software licenses (in this case, HyperWorks Units) to access HPC hardware and Altair’s best-in-class CAE products. It supports multi-tenancy where each customer (tenant) gains access to dedicated resources within a secure environment. HWOD utilises the HyperWorks Enterprise infrastructure, which provides users with an intuitive and powerful interface. Users first generate the model on their desktop, then upload their data to the Altair cloud and quickly obtain their results. Project workloads can be submitted, monitored and reviewed anytime, anywhere.
The HWOD platform relies on HyperWorks Enterprise Compute Manager as the front-end system and uses the HPC workload management capability of Altair’s PBS Professional, as well as job scheduling, monitoring and analytics tools for efficient resource utilisation, access to the cloud for job submission and subsequent accounting. Altair can also provide turnkey and configurable private cloud solutions, offering all the efficiency and flexibility of HWOD completely within the customer’s firewall.
HyperWorks on Demand (HWOD) is currently only available in the USA.