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CAE Experiment Round 2 Kicks Off at SC’12 in Salt Lake City


Over the last four months a new CAE Community was born and since then is continuously growing: the community of fellow CAE colleagues who increasingly benefit from the use of remote and cloud computing resources.

How do the members of this community benefit?

They benefit by joining the free CAE Experiment, and exploring together the end-to-end process of accessing and using remote computing resources for CAE applications. Today, this community consists of almost 200 organizations and individuals, everybody with the vision of enhancing their current computing (often desktop) capacity with powerful remote resources, on demand, at their fingertips. Gone is the headache when computing resources were scarce, simulation models didn't fit into memory, and computing took too long.

What’s the CAE Experiment?

Round 1 of the experiment was mainly about a very first exploration of accessing and using compute resources remotely, hands on. And for many participants this was the first time ever that they gained access to remote computing resources. With minimal intervention into the process, we monitored each of the 25 teams and discovered the real roadblocks and how the teams have resolved them (or not). We will soon publish our report addressing these findings. Please see some of our current Round 1 participants here; in Round 1 they formed teams like  Anchor Bolt, Resonance, Radiofrequency, Supersonic, Liquid-Gas, Wing-Flow, Ship-Hull, Cement-Flows, Sprinkler, Space Capsule, Car Acoustics, Dosimetry, Weathermen, Wind Turbine, Combustion, Blood Flow, ChinaCFD, Gas Bubbles, Side impact, and ColombiaBio. Want to read more about Round 1? Please see our 1st Call for Participation here and the Half-Time results here.  

How does the experiment work?

Suppose the industry end-user is in need of additional compute resources, say for speeding up the CAE design cycle, for simulating a more sophisticated geometry or complex physics, or for running many more simulations for a higher quality result. We, the experiment orchestrators, will jointly look at this end-user’s application and requirements, select appropriate resources, software, and the best-suited HPC experts in our community. This ‘Team of Four’, the end-user, software provider, resource provider, and HPC expert will then implement and run the end-user’s CAE task and the results will be delivered back to the end-user. Finally, the whole team will extract lessons learned, and present further recommendations as input, which can be published as a case study.

Experiment Round 2 starts now

Now Round 2 will be quite different: more advanced, more professional, semi-automatic, with more participants from CAE and Life Sciences, more teams, closer to reality, with a commercial production angle, using tools for project management, and tool-based measuring of effort and cost. One of the highlights of Round 2 will be the Services Directory, where hardware, software, and expertise providers can advertise their services to our wider HPC and Digital Manufacturing community.

The Experiment Kick-off at SC’12

The final webinar of Round 1 and the Kick-off of Round 2 will take place in the INTEL booth at the Supercomputing Conference (SC'12) in Salt Lake City at 11:00 AM (local time) on November 15. If you can’t make it to SC’12, the webinar will be aired live for our registered experiment attendees and as always, the slides will be made available to our registered experiment participants following the webinar.

Ready to join the community? Please register at http://www.cfdexperiment.com. More questions? Please check the Q&A section.

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