Troy’s Altair, Oracle offer faster high-performance computing in the cloud

TROY — The Troy-based engineering technology developer Altair Engineering Inc. (Nasdaq:ALTR) announced an expansion of its relationship with Oracle Corp. to offer on-demand computational fluid dynamics (CFD) technology on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, accelerating aerodynamics and other complex flow simulations.

Altair officials said the new offering, powered by graphics processing unit (GPU) technology, provides a highly-scalable system at an affordable cost.

Said Sam Mahalingam, CTO for enterprise solutions at Altair: “We find that access to GPU compute resources can be challenging for our customers. The integration with Oracle’s cloud platform addresses this challenge, and provides customers the ability to use GPU-based solvers in the cloud for accelerated performance without the need to purchase expensive hardware. Ultimately this leads to improved productivity, optimized resource utilization, and faster time to market.”

Advanced CFD solvers such as Altair ultraFluidX and Altair nanoFluidX are optimized on the Oracle Cloud to provide overnight simulation results for the most complex cases on a single server. UltraFluidX provides fast prediction of the aerodynamic properties of passenger and heavy-duty vehicles, buildings, and other environmental use cases. (See example above.) NanoFluidX predicts the flow in complex geometries with complex motion, such as oiling in powertrain systems with rotating gears and shafts, using the Smoothed-Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) simulation method. Both solvers are now available on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, bringing the power of high-performance computing to advanced CFD simulation.

“The combination of Oracle’s HPC capabilities such as our cutting edge bare-metal GPU infrastructure including the recently announced GPUs, our new leading low latency RDMA network and high-performance storage options combined with Altair’s market leading CFD solvers makes this collaboration extremely compelling for large enterprises looking to optimize their product development,” said Vinay Kumar, vice president for product management, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. “We’re working together with Altair to truly define what it means to run HPC workloads in the cloud, and today’s availability of HyperWorks CFD Unlimited proves this.”

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