Dassault announces simulation benchmark completion

Dassault Systèmes

R Systems/Abaqus FEA/Windows HC Server 2008

Dassault Systemes has announced that R Systems, in co-operation with Simulia and Dana Holding Corporation, has completed a simulation benchmark.

Brian Kucic, vice-president of business development for R Systems, said: 'With Windows HPC Server 2008, Microsoft has made advancements in performance and scaling that give users of realistic simulation solutions more IT flexibility.

'Using the analysis model provided by Dana and the same 32-node compute cluster, we evaluated the performance of Abaqus FEA software on both Linux and Windows.

'Switching between the two operating systems was straightforward and the performance of Windows HPC Server 2008 was competitive.' Using 128 cores of a 256 core Intel Harpertown cluster with Quad Data Rate Infiniband, R Systems performed the benchmark study of a finite element analysis model provided by Dana to evaluate distributed memory performance of Abaqus FEA on Windows.

The analysis, which normally takes a little over two days to complete using eight cores, ran to completion in just under 3.5 hours.

Running Abaqus FEA software on a Windows-based cluster provides engineers with an integrated, efficient, and easily scalable high-performance computing platform for solving some of the most complex simulation and multiphysics analysis equations in less time by leveraging the combination of Abaqus distributed-memory parallel technology and Windows clustering solutions.

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