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Hybrid Computing for CAE Analysis


While computer-aided engineering (CAE) applications have remained relatively constant in recent years, the HPC hardware environment they run on has advanced rapidly.  For example, microprocessors have "many cores," large SMP servers feature over 100 cores and a terabyte of memory, SSDs eliminate the rotating disk drives, and GPU accelerators offer over 10X performance gains.  The twist is that these advancements can both greatly improve performance for some analysis and hurt performance in other cases.  Since the application resource requirements vary widely between CAE code and even between different models, the best performance requires a hybrid environment.  Cray Inc.'s Greg Clifford and Steve Behling discuss recent hardware technologies and take you through real performance results, showing exactly how CAE applications are mapping onto these new hardware products.


Steve Behling Application Benchmarking at Cray Inc.

Steve is a benchmark engineer at Cray with a long history of testing application performance, including many CAE applications, on a variety of systems and processors.  Most recently, he has worked with the Cray CX1 and Cray CX1000 products using both Linux and Windows HPC operating systems. In the HPC industry for 25 years, Steve has held positions with Cray Research, SGI, IBM and now Cray Inc.  He has a BS in nuclear engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Greg Clifford Manufacturing Segment Manager at Cray Inc.

Greg is Cray's manufacturing segment manager.  Greg has been more than 25 years of experience in high performance computing (HPC) with a focus on application performance on HPC architectures, closely working with developers and users to improve real application performance for production environments.  Prior to Cray, Greg worked for IBM for 10 years in HPC and at Cray Research for 16 years in the application department.  Greg has an MS in structurcal engineering from the University of Minnesota.

15 Oct 2010
Oct 5, 2010

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