The outstanding features of a Chip ICT HPC solution.
High Performance Computing (HPC) means simulation and analysis. High performance computing is everywhere, 24 hours a day. Just about all modern, everyday products are developed and produced using HPC systems.
Behind High Performance Computing is the use of high-performance computers and supercomputers for the calculation of complex processes in Basic Research, the Automotive Sector, the Aerospace Industry, as well as in Life sciences and medical research.
- To calculate and simulate complex processes
- Typical areas of application: meteorology, climatology, astronomy, molecular physics, systems biology, genetics, quantum chemistry, simulation flow
- To analyse extremely large volumes of measurement data
- For example, for crash or flow simulations in automotive industry or aircraft construction
Chip ICT HPC solutions are designed for maximum flexibility and ease of management. We not only offer our customers the most powerful and flexible cluster management solution out there, but also provide them with customized setup and sitespecific configuration. Whether a customer needs a dynamical Linux-Windows dual-boot solution, unified management of different clusters at different sites, or the fine-tuning of the Maui scheduler for implementing finegrained policy configuration – We not only give you the framework at hand, but also help you adapt the system according to your special needs. Needless to say, when customers are in need of special trainings, Chip ICT will be there to provide customers, administrators, or users with specially adjusted Educational Services. Having a many years’ experience in High Performance Computing enabled us to develop efficient concepts for installing and deploying HPC clusters. For this, we leverage well-proven 3rd party tools, which we assemble to a total solution and adapt and configure according to the customer’s requirements. We manage everything from the complete installation and configuration of the operating system, necessary middleware components like job and cluster management systems up to the customer’s applications.
Today a key factor governing the economic success of a country is its research into basic life sciences issues. Research into life sciences is carried out at universities but also into private sector research institutes. The objective is to develop a deeper understanding of all mechanisms and relations in nature and society.
Alongside theory and experimentation, simulation has also emerged as the third pillar of research. Computer-aided simulation is faster and less expensive, preserves resources and is sometimes the only way of extracting new findings. Together with the analysis and evaluation of large data volumes, the field of computational science was developed, i.e. using computers to calculate scientific tasks and analysing the extracted data.
Research and development would be inconceivable today without High Performance Computing – HPC. One single workstation often does not have the capacity required to compute most scientific data. Increasingly more parallel computers are used that can calculate data in a fraction of the time. These complex computers are also individually configured to the specific needs.
Biosciences and Medical Research
An understanding of metabolic reactions in the organism or the development of new pharmaceutical drugs is virtually impossible without a precise knowledge of biochemical or molecular dynamics.
Scientists require large computing capacities to carry out genetic research into the evolutionary relationships between species, the effect of viruses on the genetic code or the predisposition for hereditary illnesses.
In countries like Germany, the automotive industry is held in highest esteem, and looks back upon a long tradition. Since the very beginning, continuous innovation and the refinement of existing technologies are of utmost importance for the development of ever safer cars, and for enthralling customers by new vehicle dynamics. A passion for cars is deep-rooted in Germany.
Continuous enhancements in vehicle technology are closely related to an increasing complexity of the development tasks and an ever closer integration of all disciplines. The deployment of computer-aided methods is required for making design decisions in a very early stage of the future car development. By means of these simulations, material resources can be saved when testing multiple variants.
Meanwhile computer-aided simulations have become basic tools in vehicle development. Nowadays engineers perform a multi-disciplinary optimization connecting different aspects of vehicle design and material properties.
More detailed models possessing finer meshes put high requirements on the computing power and the memory capacity of the systems utilized. The productive application is highly optimized and runs in a parallel mode. This is why high performance computing clusters can be deployed for computer-aided engineering, reducing time-to-results significantly.
The aim of computer-aided optimizations may be the reduction of mass and material in the vehicle body, the lowering of fuel consumption, or stability and safety enhancements. The deployment of high-performance computing capacity allows for results that are closer to reality and provide the decision basis regarding the further vehicle development.
First flight on the computer
Maximum safety and reliability is paramount in this industry. The costs for designing and testing a new aeroplane or spacecraft are far higher than in the automotive industry. Computer simulations of sections of an aeroplane are already conducted today, yet the aim is to perform a complete simulation of an entire aeroplane on the computer – i.e. the first flight on the PC. This would not only save development time enormously. It would also open up completely new options for basic design decisions. Powerful high-performance computers are essential for these complex simulations.
Wind tunnels for testing flight behaviour and air resistance are extremely expensive to build and operate. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) can be used to simulate these phenomena in increasingly more accurate detail to one day make wind tunnels completely superfluous. Besides fluid dynamics, the structural mechanics of an aeroplane is also simulated and tested. The design of a wing or vehicle frame has already been optimised on the computer and its durability and resistance has been improved before a component is constructed and tested in real.
HPC is primarily used for fluid simulations, structural analyses and computer-aided engineering and design. Reality modelling of turbulences as well as structural, thermal and chemical simulations are also required to improve reliability and safety as well as the cost efficiency of aeroplanes and spacecraft.