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HPC Made Easy: Altair HyperWorks Unlimited Physical Appliance Powered by Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors

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In today’s economic environment, time to market is a key differentiator for product developers and manufacturers in the fields of mechanics, fluid dynamics, electromagnetics and more. Product designers and manufacturers rely on computer-aided engineering (CAE) simulation to design innovative, safe and specification-compliant products. These applications are used to model, simulate, visualize and develop cutting-edge products that meet and/or exceed customer needs.

Architecting a high-performance computing (HPC) cluster isn’t easy for companies or design departments that do not have dedicated IT personnel or HPC expertise. It requires an understanding of workloads, performance optimization, and optimal configuration of compute, storage, memory, and networking components. It’s a complex undertaking that presents multiple challenges including costs and technical expertise. Tracking software licenses and getting software support for engineering teams adds to the complexity of deploying CAE applications without technical experts.

Intel customers and partners continue to seek higher levels of compute performance via technologies to power their CAE tools and meet market demands for faster product development and superior designs. Fast and easy access to HPC provides a powerful competitive edge, reducing time to market and time to solution.

Altair’s HyperWorks Unlimited appliance addresses this challenge and provides a turnkey solution that simplifies access to HPC infrastructure either on-premises or in the cloud, at the same time addressing the need for simplified licensing and timely support. The HyperWorks Unlimited® solution is based on a state-of-the-art server platform from Dell Technologies powered by Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors. It includes middleware for system provisioning and workload management, unlimited licenses for Altair’s HyperWorks CAE software suite, Altair PBS Works™ for workload management, and most importantly full HPC system administration and support from Altair’s enterprise computing team.

Designed to address customer needs, this appliance frees teams from the burden of infrastructure design, implementation, administration, and maintenance, as well as complex software licensing. It brings the benefits of HPC to the design and product engineers who can then focus on developing best-in-class products.

What Makes the HyperWorks Unlimited Appliance Compelling

Powered by the Latest Infrastructure from Dell Technologies and Intel

HyperWorks Unlimited appliances are built on Dell EMC PowerEdge servers and powered by the latest Intel Xeon Scalable processors with industry-leading memory bandwidth, processor frequencies  that support up to 36 TB of system memory, and a 2X boost in system memory capacity compared to previous-generation processors—with average performance improvement of 36% generation over generation.1 The Intel Xeon Scalable processors offer outstanding performance for a variety of CAE applications with diverse requirements, and Intel collaborates with Altair to ensure that their HPC solvers run optimally on the Intel Xeon architecture.

Hardware configurations are tailored to meet the needs of each organization’s workload. The HyperWorks Unlimited appliance has an extensible architecture with generous storage and a high-speed interconnect. Whether your workload requires 64 cores or 2,000 cores, there’s a system built for your needs.

Unlimited Access to Software Tools

This appliance allows users unlimited access to a wide suite of Altair applications and supports third-party software via a bring-your-own-license model. HyperWorks Unlimited comes with tools for simulating mechanics, fluids, electromagnetic fields and more, including modeling, visualization, and optimization. Applications include Altair AcuSolve™, Altair Radioss™, Altair OptiStruct™, Altair ultraFluidX™, and more.

Rock Solid Middleware

Based on Red Hat Linux, the HyperWorks Unlimited system is extremely stable and operates 24/7/365. Hardware provisioning software is paired with Altair® PBS Professional® for workload management and Altair Access™ for easy job submission.

Easy Engineering from Home or Office

In today’s work-from-home environment, remote functionality is the new normal. Easy, reliable remote access to compute resources is critical for productivity and collaboration in a distributed work environment, and cloud enablement is key. With Altair Access, users get a simple, powerful, and consistent interface for submitting and monitoring jobs on remote Intel Xeon processor-based clusters, clouds, and other resources. As a result, researchers are free to focus on their core activities. Altair, Dell Technologies and Intel customers have benefited from this move from workstation environments to the managed HPC appliance and raved about the ease of deployment.

Simple and Fully Managed

In addition to the robust software suite and ease of use and deployment, HyperWorks Unlimited is a fully managed solution with just one number to call for support. The team at Altair, in their partnership with Dell Technologies Design Solutions and Intel, have delivered a streamlined appliance that makes HPC simple, enabling cost savings and quick time to market.

Intel works with a broad ecosystem of partners to enable products, technologies, and solutions that address the needs of our customers. It is exciting to share how this appliance is helping customers take advantage of the power of HPC without having to navigate the complexities.

Reach out to your Intel/Dell Technologies/Altair representative to find out more about this turnkey solution that is democratizing HPC and enabling innovation at every scale. Click here to learn more.

1 Configuration details “36% improvement for 2nd generation Xeon Scalable vs previous generation

Intel SKX-6130; Config Date: 11/6/2018; Platform: ; CPU Details: stepping = 4; # CPU Sockets: 2; # CPU Cores: 16; CPU Base Frequency: 2.1 GHz; CPU Max Frequency: 3.7 GHz; CPU Base TDP: 125 W; RAM: 192GB, 12x16GB 2666MHz DDR4, Micron 18ASF2G72PDZ-2G6B1; Hard Drive: 480GB Model: ATA INTEL SSDSC2BB48 (scsi); Cluster File System: Panasas (124 TB storage) Firmware version 5.5.0.b-1067797.15 OPA & EDR based IEEL Lustre; BIOS: SE5C620.86B.00.01.0009.101920170742; BIOS Settings: Turbo=On, HT=On; Microcode: 0x2000030; Intel Management:; BMC: 1.29; Security Vulnerabilities And Mitigations: ; Operating System: Oracle Linux Server release 7.5; Kernel: 3.10.0-862.14.4.el7.crt1.x86_64; OFED stack: Mellanox OFED Version mlnx-;OFED OPA 10.8 on RH7.5 with Lustre v2.10.4; Ethernet Switch: 10GbE Force10 Networks C300/S50N; Fabric Switch: Mellanox EDR Edge switch 36; Intel OPA Edge Switch 100 Series 48 Port; Host Bus Adapter: 100Gbps Mellanox EDR MT27700; 100Gbps Intel OPA 1 port PCIe x16

Intel CLX-6226R; Config Date: 4/8/2020,Platform: ; CPU Details: stepping 7 B1; # CPU Sockets: 2; # CPU Cores: 16; CPU Base Frequencies: 2.9 GHz; CPU Max Frequencies: 3.9; CPU Base TDP: 150 W; RAM: 192GB, 12x16GB 2933MHz DDR4, Micron, 18ASF2G72PDZ 2G9E1; Hard Drive: 800GB Model: ATA INTEL SSDSC2BA80 (, scsi; Cluster File System: HDR based Lustre; BIOS: SE5C620.86B.02.01.0008.031920191559; BIOS Settings: HT=On, Turbo=On, SNC=Disabled; Microcode: 0x500002c; Intel Management:; BMC: 1.93; Security Vulnerabilities And Mitigations: itlb_multihit, : Processor vulnerable, l1tf: Not affected, mds, : Not affected, meltdown: Not affected, spec_store_bypass, : Mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass, disabled via prctl and seccomp, spectre_v1: Mitigation: Load fences,, usercopy swapgs, barriers and __user pointer sanitization, spectre_v2: Mitigation: Enhanced IBRS, IBPB, tsx_async_abort, : Vulnerable: Clear CPU buffers attempted, no, microcode; SMT vulnerable; Operating System: Base installation Oracle Linux Server 7.6, updated to, CentOS Linux 7.7.1908, (compatible with RHEL; Kernel: 3.10.0, 1062.18.1.el7.crt1.x86_64; OFED stack: Lustre 2.10.8, default mlnx 5.0; Ethernet Switch: Extreme Networks Black Diamond X8 core, Extreme, Networks X670 G2 48T top of rack; Fabric Switch: Mellanox MQM8790-HS2F HDR InfiniBand; Host Bus Adapter: 200Gbps Mellanox HDR MCX654105A-HCAT

About the Author
Kirti Devi is Director of HPC Global Alliances in the Datacenter Platforms Group at Intel. Kirti is responsible for driving revenue and business engagements in the High Performance Computing (HPC), HPC-AI and HPC-Cloud, segments with Intel’s ecosystem of key Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) Channel partners and Global System Integrators (GSI). Kirti has experience in Enterprise, HPC, Cloud, Datacenter and Artificial Intelligence segments. She has extensive experience and skills in product management, datacenter platforms management, enterprise software product line management, global integrated marketing campaigns and partner marketing roles in the technology industry and has applied these skills to lead cross-organizational, cross-domain initiatives and revenue for the business. Kirti has a Bachelor of Science and an MBA in international business & marketing