Phoenix Business Journal: Digital fingerprint: The emerging technology that will identify the world around us

The concept of digital fingerprints a technology that is finding its way into everything from food safety to tracking online fraud. It is so powerful that all technology companies should know what it is and understand how it plays in their products and services. I take a look at what it is and how to take advantage of it in “Digital fingerprint: The emerging technology that will identify the world around us.

Phoenix Business Journal: Cutting the cord and the freight train of change headed toward all of us

While looking at disconnecting my home from a cable provider, I came to the realization that millions of other consumers were doing the same thing. This would change Cable TV forever. And what about other technologies, like the ones our company is built on. In “Cutting the cord and the freight train of change headed toward all of us” I muse on what could happen and what we can do about it

Finding curve directions in ANSYS SpaceClaim   

As it so often does, another blog article idea came from a tech support question that I received the other day. “How do you view edge directions in ANSYS SpaceClaim?

You can do it in Mechanical, on the Edge Graphics Options Toolbar:

This will turn on arrows so that you can see the edge directions. The directions of the edges or curves affects things like mesh biasing factors and mass flow rate boundary conditions. You need to make sure that all your pipes in a thermal analysis, for instance, are flowing in the same direction.

(I have also had three tech support calls about weird spikes showing up in customers’ geometry. The Display Edge Direction is also how you turn those off.)

In ANSYS SpaceClaim, there is no way to just display the edge directions. The directions are controlled by which point you pick first while sketching, so if you are careful, you can make sure they are all consistent. But that doesn’t help when you read in CAD files.  So I thought I would share with you what I found, after a little bit of digging and playing. I discovered that the Move Tool behaves in a very specific way, a way that we can use for our need.

When you pick on the edge of a surface or solid, or even a straight sketched line, the red arrow of the Move Tool will point in the direction of the curve. These directions match what gets shown in Mechanical.

For splines, it’s a little bit different. If you just pick a spline with the Move Tool, the triad will align with the global coordinate system.

To see the spline direction, you first have to hover over the spline, to show the vertices of the spline.

Then you can pick an interior vertex, and the Blue arrow of the Move Tool will follow the spline direction.

This only works at the interior vertices, and not at the ends. At the ends, the Blue tool arrow will always point outward from the spline endpoints, so you won’t really know which is the correct spline direction.

I have also found that this technique does not work on sketched circles or arc because the tool always anchors to the center of the curve, and not to the curve itself.  You can, however, use the Repair>Fit Curves tool to convert arcs to splines, using only the Spline option. Then the Move tool will show those directions as described above.  For circles, you have to make one more step, and first, use the Split tool to split the circle into two arcs.  All that though is, in my opinion, more work than it’s worth.

I hope this helps make your lives just a little easier. Have a great day.

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Spectre Side-Channel and Meltdown – How will living in this new reality affect the world of numerical simulation?

Literally, while I was sorting and running benchmarks and prepping the new benchmarks data originally titled. ANSYS Release 18.2 Ball Grid Array Benchmark information using two sixteen core INTEL® XEON® Gold 6130 CPU’s. I noticed that my news feeds had started to blow up with late breaking HPC news. The news as you may have guessed is the Spectre and Meltdown flaws that were recently published.

I thought to myself “Well this is just great the benchmarks that I just ran are no longer relevant.  My next thought was wait now I can show a real world example of exactly a percentage change. I have waited this long to run the ANSYS numerical simulation benchmarks on this new CPU architecture. I can wait a little longer to post my findings.” What now? Oh my more Late Breaking News! Research findings, Execution orders no barriers! Side channels used to get access to private address areas of the hardware! Wow this is a bad day. As I sat reading more news, then I drifted off daydreaming, then back to  my screen then the clock on the wall, great it is 2am already!, just go home…” Then thoughts immediate shifted and I was back thinking about indeed, how these hardware flaws impact the missing middle market? HPC numerical simulation!!! I dug in deep and pressed forward content with starting over on the benchmarks knowing after the patches released around Jan 9th will be a whole new world.

I decided to spare the ugly details related to the Spectre array bounds/brand prediction attack flaws. The out of order meltdown vulnerabilities! UGH! I seriously believe that someone has AI writing news articles written five or six different ways with each somehow saying the same thing. I also provide the links to the information and legal statements directly from a who’s who list of accountable parties:

Executive Summary:

  • * Remember every case is different so please do your run your own tests to verify how this new reality affects your hardware and software environment.*
    • Due to costs this machine has a single NVMe M.2 for the primary drive with a single 2TB SATA drive for its Mid-Term Storage area.
  • What was the impact for my benchmark?
    • Positive takeaway:
      • In all of the years of running the sp5 benchmark. I recorded the fastest benchmark time using this CUBE w32s, dual INTEL® XEON® Gold 6130 CPU workstation.
      • Using all thirty two cores 125.7 seconds for Solution Time (Time Spent Computing Solution).
        • Next, Coming in at 135.7 seconds the Solution Time metric after running the OS patches is my second fastest data point for the ANSYS sp5 benchmark.
          • ANSYS sp5 benchmark data – PADT, Inc. Currently from 2005 until this time.
      • The Solution Times continued to solve faster with each bump in cores.
      • Performance per dollar was maximized in this configuration.
    • Depending on number of cores used that I used for the ANSYS sp5 benchmark. I give the actual data below showing the percentage differences before and after:
      • Largest percentage difference:
        • Solution Time: -9.81% using four CPU cores.
        • Total Time: -7.87% using two CPU cores.
  • The need to turn the security screws down within your corporate enterprise network is now.
  • A rogue malicious agent needs to be on the inside of your corporate network to execute any sort of crafted attack. Much of these details are outlined in the Project Zero abstract.
  • Pay extra attention to just who you let on your internal network.
    • I reiterate the recommendations of many security professionals that you should already be restricting your internal company network and workstations to employee use. If you are not sure ask again.
  1. Spectre flaw:
    1. INTEL, ARM & AMD CPU’s are affected by the Spectre array bounds hardware attacks.
  2. Meltdown flaw:
    1. INTEL CPU’s and some ARM high performance CPU’s are affected by the “easier to exploit” Meltdown vulnerability.

I am also interested to see how continued insertion of code barriers and changed memory mappings affect my gaming performance. Haha! No, I am just kidding my numerical simulation performance benchmarks.

Clarifications & Definitions:

  • Unpatched Benchmark Data – No mitigation patches from Microsoft and NVidia addressing the Spectre and Meltdown flaws have been applied to the Windows 10 Professional OS running on the CUBE w32s that I use in this benchmark.
  • Patched Benchmark Data – I installed the batch of patches released by Microsoft as well as the NVDIA graphics card driver update released by NVIDIA addressing. NVIDIA indicates in their advisory that “their hardware their GPU hardware is not affected but they are updating their drivers to help mitigate the CPU security issue.” Huh? Installing now…
  • Solution Time – The amount of time in seconds that the CPU’s spent computing the solution. “The Time Spent Computing Solution”
  • Total Time – Total time in seconds that the entire process took. How the solve felt to the user also known as wall clock time.

The CUBE machine that I used in this ANSYS Test Case represent a fine balance based on price, performance and ANSYS HPC licenses used.

  • CUBE w32s, INTEL® XEON® Gold 6130 CPU, 128GB’s DDR4-2667MHz (1Rx4) ECC REG DIMM, Windows 10 Professional, ANSYS Release 18.2, INTEL MPI 5.0.1.3, 32 Total Cores, NVIDIA QUADRO P4000, Samsung EVO 960 Pro NVMe M.2, Toshiba 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 3 Drive.
  • Other notables, are you still paying attention?
    • My Supermicro X11Dai-N BIOS Settings:
      • BIOS Version: 2.0a
      • Execute Disable Bit: DISABLE
      • Hyper threading: ON
      • Intel Virtualization Technology: DISABLE
      • Core Enabled: 0
      • Power Technology: CUSTOM
      • Energy Performance Tuning: DISABLE
      • Energy performance BIAS setting: PERFORMANCE
      • P-State Coordination: HW_ALL
      • Package C-State Limit: C0/C1 State
      • CPU C3 Report: DISABLE
      • CPU C6 Report: DISABLE
      • Enhanced Halt State: DISABLE
    • With a read performance of up to 3,200MB/s and write performance of up to 1,900 MB/s using the Samsung NVMe M.2 drive was to tempting to pass up as my solve and temp solve area location. The bandwidth from the little feller was to impressive and continued to impress throughout the numerical simulation benchmarks.

My first overall impressions of this configuration is Wow! this workstation is fast, quiet and as you will see number crunches its way right on through to being my fastest documented workstation benchmark in this class. This extremely challenging and I/O intensive ANSYS benchmark is no match for this solver! Thumbs up and cheers to happy solving!

  • Cube w32s by PADT, Inc. ANSYS Release 18.2 FEA Benchmark
  • BGA (V18sp-5)
  • Transient nonlinear structural analysis of a electronic ball grid arrary
  • Analysis Type: Static Nonlinear Structural
  • Number of Degrees of Freedom: 6,000,000
  • Matrix: Symmetic

It Is All About The Data:

Benchmark data related to Pre and Post Spectre and Meltdown industry software patches on the CUBE w32s.

Table 1 – ANSYS sp5 Benchmark  – UnPatched Windows 10 Professional

ANSYS sp5 Benchmark  – Unpatched Windows 10 Professinal for Spectre and Meltdown hardware vulnerability – CUBE w32s
CPUs Solution Time Total Time
2 631.3 671
4 366.8 422
8 216 259
12 193 235
16 144.3 185
20 143.9 187
24 131.9 175
28 137.4 185
31 142.4 185
32 125.7 171
Apples to Apples, meltdown, spectre, ANSYS numerical simulation benchmark data
ANSYS Release 18.2 – SP5 Benchmark – Unpatched Windows 10 Professional CUBE w32s Solution and Total Time Values

Table 1.1 – ANSYS sp5 Benchmark  – Patched Windows 10 Professional

ANSYS sp5 Benchmark  – Patched Windows 10 Professional – CUBE w32s
CPUs Solution Time Total Time
2 683 726
4 405.5 446
8 235.8 277
12 209.2 251
16 148.8 191
20 145.7 189
24 136.3 182
28 138.7 186
31 134.6 179
32 135.7 179
Apples to Apples, meltdown, spectre, ANSYS numerical simulation benchmark data
ANSYS Release 18.2 – SP5 Benchmark – Patched Windows 10 Professional for the Sprectre and Meltdown hardware flaw – Solution And Total Time Values

Table 2 – ANSYS sp5 Benchmark  – The Before and After In Percentage Difference.

Percentage Difference – Not Patched vs. Patched for Sprectre, Meltdown
Solution Time Total Time
-7.94 -7.87
-9.81 -5.53
-8.34 -6.72
-7.57 -6.58
-2.73 -3.19
-1.09 -1.06
-2.87 -3.92
-0.81 -0.54
4.76 3.30
-6.74 -4.57

Fig 2.a

Percentage of impact for this example. Negative value means in this example. The patched Windows 10 Professional CUBE w32s is taking a performance hit.
Percentage of impact for this example. Negative value means “performance hit” in this example. Notice a very interesting blip of positive percentage at 31 cores. A patched CUBE w32s Windows 10 Professional for Sprectre and Meltdown hardware vulnerability. The data from this Windows 10 Professional CUBE w32s INTEL® XEON® Gold 6130 CPU is showing an impact related to the patches.

FIg 2.b

Percentage of impact for this example. Negative value means in this example. The patched Windows 10 Professional CUBE w32s is taking a performance hit.
Percentage of impact for this example. Negative value means there is some sort of impact. The patched Windows 10 Professional CUBE w32s will feel longer to solve by looking at the clock on the wall.
CUBE w32s in action - January 2018
CUBE w32s in action – January 2018

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CUBE w32s in action - January 2018
CUBE w32s in action – January 2018

All Things ANSYS 011 – New Years Resolutions & how Metldown and Spectre Hardware vulnerability Impacts Simulation Users

 

Published on: January 15, 2018
With: Ted Harris, Joe Woodward, Doug Oatis, Jim Peters, Ahmed Fayed, Eric Miller
Description: In this episode your host and Co-Founder of PADT, Eric Miller is joined by PADT’s Jim Peters, Joe Woodword, Ahmed Fayed, Doag Oatis and Ted Harris, for a discussion on new and ongoing simulation-related resolutions, as well as a look at how the newly discovered Meltdown and Spectre Hardware vulnerability impact simulation users.
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Phoenix Business Journal: Phoenix is not Silicon Valley — and we shouldn’t want it to be

On a recent trip to San Francisco, I spent some time working in a coffee shop. It’s different there.  “Phoenix is not Silicon Valley — and we shouldn’t want it to be” is a look at what I observed and why I’m happy to be part of this community.

Phoenix Business Journal: How computer simulation enables better IP protection

Computer simulation has been a critical part of designing products for some time now. But it is also a valuable tool in understanding and protecting your intellectual property.  In “Computer simulation has been a critical part of designing products for some time now” I share what every company needs to know about this powerful tool.

Phoenix Business Journal: My Arizona tech sector projections for 2018

It is that time of year again, prediction season.  I share “My Arizona tech sector projections for 2018” to just see how right or wrong I will be in 12 months.

Phoenix Business Journal: Flying for business gives you options to work, or not work at all

If you spend as much time flying for business as I do, you begin to notice that there are different types of business travelers.  I explore the differences in “Flying for business gives you options to work, or not work at all” and throw some categories on business travelers. Which type are you?

Phoenix Business Journal: Exploring Easy – Software tools can deliver a huge productivity punch

Software is part of our everyday life. The problem with having all this software around is that we forget it is there. In “Software tools can deliver a huge productivity punch” I take a look at how, with a little bit of attention to what you use, you can make your business day much easier, and more productive.

Getting to Know PADT: ANSYS Sales and Support

This post is the eighth installment in our review of all the different products and services PADT offers our customers. As we add more, they will be available here.  As always, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to reach out to info@padtinc.com or give us a call at 1-800-293-PADT.

When we tell people that “We Make Innovation Work” one of the key ways that we actually make innovation work is through the sales and support of ANSYS Simulation Software.  Few toolsets have changed the way products are designed and manufactured as the structural, thermal, fluid, electromagnetic, and multiphysics simulation programs written by ANSYS, Inc. Outside of the world of mechanical engineering, simulation is not as well known as 3D Printing, but in reality, it plays a larger role in product development with more users and a larger return on investment to companies that make simulation part of their process.

If you are not familiar with simulation, it is a process where a mathematical model is constructed on a computer to represent the physical behavior of a product. Once the model is made, an engineer can do “virtual testing” on the model to understand, improve and optimize the design.  The majority of innovative companies now make simulation a part of their product development process, and ANSYS is the largest provider of simulation tools.

Customers choose ANSYS products for one simple reason, they deliver.  ANSYS only does simulation, they are not a CAD or PLM company trying to add simulation.  With close to $1 Billion in sales, and 2017 should cross that threshold, no other provider is as large either.  They are the biggest provider because their software works. Many other companies offer much cheaper solutions, but time after time companies invest in ANSYS technology because they get their money back quickly in better products that get to market faster.

PADT is not just a reseller of software, we are an ANSYS Elite Channel Partner who dedicates a significant part of our staff, over twenty people, to selling, supporting, and training around the complete ANSYS Product line.  Our territory is the Southwestern United States; including Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and Southern California. We have been setting the standard for win-win sales and outstanding support for over twenty years and have a worldwide reputation for technical excellence not just with ANSYS tools, but in how to efficiently use those tools to drive the design of products.

Our sales process starts with understanding our customer’s complete simulation needs; what they have now, what the skill set is of their users, and what they want to achieve with simulation. We then work cooperatively with the customer to design a long-term plan to bring the right ANSYS tools to the right users and to train as needed.   Once a company adds the ANSYS tools, they then have PADT to call directly for technical support.

Our technical support is unique in the industry because it goes beyond the installation and error tracking that most software companies provide. When you call PADT for technical support you get an Engineer with real-world experience using the same tools you use every day. They also know engineering and how simulation fits into the process so we can go beyond what options to use and dig deep into how to apply the products properly. Our outstanding technical support is reflected in our extremely high customer satisfaction rating.

You can learn more about ANSYS by visiting that part of our website, or better, by contacting us and learning why customers who have a choice on who they buy their ANSYS from, chose PADT.

 

 

Entrepreneur 360 Recognizes PADT as One of the Top Privately-Owned Businesses in America

PADT-Press-Release-IconWorking and living in your own bubble it’s hard to recognize how others perceive your company from the outside.  That is why we were honored and humbled to learn that PADT had been chosen by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the top 360 companies in the country.  Today we found out we are number 249 on their list.  We have never been on a list before, let alone a national list with so many other companies in the competition.

Here we are, right there on their  (entrepreneur.com/360):

What is cool about this list is that the companies who won are all over the spectrum.  Service providers, retail, manufacturers, and pretty much anything else you can think of.  With so many applicants of every shape and size, being recognized was a huge surprise for us.

And we owe it all to our employees, customers, and partners.  We owe everything we have become to them and we look forward to growing and achieving new and exciting things in the future.

Read the press release below to get our reaction and a summary of all that went on recently that got us on this list.

You can also read the official version of the press release in html or pdf.

Press Release:

Entrepreneur 360 Recognizes PADT as One of the Top Privately-Owned Businesses in America

PADT Ranks 249 out of 360 companies, recognized as a well-rounded company that has mastered a balance of impact, innovation, growth, and leadership.

TEMPE, Ariz., December 19, 2017 ─ Phoenix Analysis and Design Technologies (PADT), the Southwest’s largest provider of simulation, product development, and 3D Printing services and products, was recently recognized as one of the “Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America” by Entrepreneur magazine’s Entrepreneur360TM List. The list is a premier study delivering the most comprehensive analysis of private companies in America. Based on this study forged by Entrepreneur, PADT is recognized as a well-rounded company that has mastered a balance of impact, innovation, growth, and leadership.

“It’s such an honor to be recognized, especially on a national level and by a publication dedicated to serving entrepreneurs,” said Eric Miller, principal and co-founder of PADT. “Any time you win an award, it’s humbling, and it’s also a great opportunity to reflect on the hard work of our employees who’ve allowed us to accomplish all we’ve achieved. This not only recognizes how much PADT has grown, but it also highlights how strong Arizona’s technology sector has become.”

PADT has accomplished a great deal this past year. The company began 2017 partnering with Arizona State University, Concept Laser, and Honeywell to build the largest additive manufacturing center in the Southwest. Located at ASU, the Manufacturing Research and Innovation Hub holds over $2 million worth of plastic, polymers and 3D printing materials, and is home to one of just 22 ABET accredited manufacturing programs in the US.

Additionally, PADT worked with Lockheed Martin and Stratasys to develop a new additive manufacturing laboratory at Metro State University in Denver. This lab is the first-of-its-kind facility in Colorado focused on providing students with industry-access to equipment and faculty needed to develop the next generation of manufacturing tooling.

Other noteworthy highlights for PADT include its recognition as an ANSYS North American Channel Partner of the Year, becoming an ANSYS Certified Elite Channel Partner. The company also introduced new machinery and capabilities, such as a stereolithography system from UnionTech, metal 3D printing capabilities from Desktop metal and its partnership with Carbon to provide production part manufacturing to the Southwest.

Honorees were identified based on the results from a comprehensive study of independently- owned companies, using a proprietary algorithm and other advanced analytics. The algorithm was built on a balanced scorecard designed to measure four metrics reflecting major pillars of entrepreneurship—innovation, growth, leadership, and impact.

“Our annual evaluation is a 360-degree analysis of top privately-held companies representing and serving a variety of industries,” explains Lisa Murray, Chief Insights Officer of Entrepreneur Media, Inc. “These businesses are real-world case studies for any entrepreneur who seeks to master the four pillars that can greatly impact the longevity and growth of their businesses. With the Entrepreneur 360, success is measured by achieving balance throughout the entire organization, predicated by revenue.”

Since its founding in 1994, PADT has transformed from an operation of four people crammed in a one-person executive suite, to an industry leader with more than 80 employees and 750 customers. To learn more about PADT, visit padtinc.com or call 1-800-293-7238.

For additional details on the E360 List and the companies recognized, visit: entrepreneur.com/360 

About PADT

Phoenix Analysis and Design Technologies, Inc. (PADT) is an engineering product and services company that focuses on helping customers who develop physical products by providing Numerical Simulation, Product Development, and 3D Printing solutions. PADT’s worldwide reputation for technical excellence and experienced staff is based on its proven record of building long-term win-win partnerships with vendors and customers. Since its establishment in 1994, companies have relied on PADT because “We Make Innovation Work.” With over 80 employees, PADT services customers from its headquarters at the Arizona State University Research Park in Tempe, Arizona, and from offices in Torrance, California, Littleton, Colorado, Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Murray, Utah, as well as through staff members located around the country. More information on PADT can be found at www.PADTINC.com.

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Save, Save, Save! Setting up a Save after Solution in ANSYS Mechanical

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

Is this the reaction you have when you come in on Monday morning, and realize that another Windows update has, once again, rebooted your PC before you had a chance to save the 30-hour run that should have finished over the weekend? There a Workbench setting that can help relieve some of that stress.

The “Save Project After Solution” option will save the entire project as soon as the solution has finished. So when your model runs for 30 hours over the weekend, it gets saved before a Windows update shuts everything down.  These settings are persistent, so once you’ve changed them to ‘Yes’, then you are all set for next time. You just need to make sure that you change them for each ANSYS version if you have more than one installed.

Now on to my next blog… “How to recover a run if you forgot to change the settings above.” (Grumble Grumble!)