“With the [Altair] Unlimited virtual appliance we
were able to reduce the turnaround time of a lightweight
– Niklas Klinke
CAE Engineer at Mubea Tailor Rolled Blanks GmbH
The HPC Challenge with Altair Unlimited
The Altair Unlimited virtual appliance is a CAE cloud solution that brings software,
platform, and infrastructure as a service — SaaS, PaaS and IaaS — to Altair customers in
a single, intuitive portal. For the HPC Challenge, the virtual appliance was combined with
solutions from Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Intel.
To participate in the HPC Challenge, participants could choose from among six different
configurations, starting with 32 cores and going up to 128 cores or more on the
Intel® Xeon® processor E5 product family, plus Altair’s Unlimited virtual
appliance. All participating customers were allowed to access the solutions free of charge
for seven or more days to complete the engineering tasks for their project.
"The HPC Challenge was a good opportunity ... It showed the [Altair] Unlimited virtual
appliance can be a very good opportunity for us, because we can run optimizations in the
same manner we are used to doing on our local resources," says Klinke.
Adding Cloud Computing Capabilities at Mubea
New product design methods are key enablers for automotive industry innovation. In the
past, large computational resources were necessary to investigate new product concepts
with design exploration. With the Altair Unlimited virtual appliance, users get flexible
access to all the CAE tools and computing resources they need. It enhances any private cloud
solution and helps cover peak times without requiring a long-term investment.
"Cloud-based resources help us react to short-term peaks in the necessary HPC
performance, since it is quite easy to stack up resources based on cloud services. I think it
will become a common practice to rent cloud space for big studies rather than host one's
own hardware and software resources, which might not be used that much," explains Klinke.
The cloud-based solution performs comparably to on-site resource such as the
Altair Unlimited physical appliance. Industry-standard data security is ensured by
features including SSL, SSH, and VPN. The biggest benefit of cloud-based CAE for Mubea is
that the engineers can react to new projects or changing requirements much more quickly.
The Future of Cloud-based CAE
Cloud-based CAE is an increasingly attractive option for businesses of all sizes. It provides all software and hardware resources on demand for infinite design exploration. According to a 2019 Bitkom survey, 73% of all companies in Germany use private or cloud computing resources, up from 54% in 2016, and that number will only increase. "For Mubea I see a lot of potential in the Altair cloud offering and with the agreement of our customers, we would definitely like to move some of our project workload to the cloud," concludes Klinke.