Powerful HPC Clusters Drive High-Speed Design Innovation

Altair has collaborated with Intel to build a solution brief which aims to demonstrate how powerful HPC clusters can be in driving design innovation.

More precisely, one will learn how the usage of HPC clusters powered by state-of-the-art Intel Xeon processors help to reduce turn-around time of the most complex and compute intensive numerical simulations.

The case study focuses on car crash simulation performed using Altair RADIOSS® solver.

With the new regulations aimed to drastically reduce CO2 emission of cars, OEMs need more accurate simulation models, for instance to better predict rupture and fracture propagation. So, they are facing CPU challenges that only parallel computing can address.

To illustrate such a challenge, Altair built a very large model made of more than 10 millions of elements, requiring more than six hundred thousand cycles of computation to simulate 120ms of a front car crash scenario!Without using a cluster, such a simulation would require weeks of computation, while in this case, run-time is kept below a night which is typical of the industry standard.

To achieve such level of performance, collaboration between a hardware maker like Intel and a software vendor like Altair is really valuable.

Altair solvers are highly optimized to exploit the latest technologies like Intel Xeon E5 v4 and Intel Omni-path interconnect.

For more information, please read the Intel solution brief here.

Eric Lequiniou

Eric Lequiniou

Director, High Performance Computing at Altair
An expert in software optimization and parallelization on clusters, multi-core architectures, accelerators and coprocessors, Eric developed the Hybrid MPP parallel version of RADIOSS finite element software. After receiving an MSc degree in computer science, Eric started his career in 1994 at CNRS, Laboratoire Informatique du Parallélisme. He joined Mecalog in 1994 and worked for this company until its acquisition by Altair in 2006. Eric holds an Executive MBA from HEC French business school obtained in 2007.
Eric Lequiniou
Eric Lequiniou

About Eric Lequiniou

An expert in software optimization and parallelization on clusters, multi-core architectures, accelerators and coprocessors, Eric developed the Hybrid MPP parallel version of RADIOSS finite element software. After receiving an MSc degree in computer science, Eric started his career in 1994 at CNRS, Laboratoire Informatique du Parallélisme. He joined Mecalog in 1994 and worked for this company until its acquisition by Altair in 2006. Eric holds an Executive MBA from HEC French business school obtained in 2007.