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In a previous post I argued that engineers do magic (read it here). And to help them do their magic better PADT Inc. introduced CoresOnDemand.com.
Among the magical skills engineers use in their daily awesomeness is their ability to bend the time fabric of the universe and perform tasks in almost impossible deadlines. It’s as if engineers work long hours and even work from home, while commuting and even at the coffee shop. Wait, is that what they actually do?
Among a myriad of tools that facilitate remote access and desktop redirection available, one stands out with distinction. NICE-Software developed a tool called Desktop Cloud Visualization (DCV for short). DCV has numerous advantages that we will get into shortly. The videos below give a general idea of what can be achieved with NICE-DCV.
Here is a video from the people at NICE:
And here is one of two PADT Employees using an iPhone to check their CFD results:
Advantages of Nice-DCV
Physical location of cluster/workstation or the engineers becomes irrelevant
Because engineers have fast, efficient and secure access to their workstations and clusters, they no longer need to be in the same office or on the same network segment to utilize the available compute resources. They can utilize NICE-DCV to create a fast, efficient and encrypted connection to their resources to submit, monitor and process results. The DCV clients are supported on Windows, Linux & IOS and even have a stand-alone Windows client that can be run on shared or public computers. In a recent live test, one of our engineers was travelling on a shuttle bus to a tiny ski town in Colorado, he was able to connect over the courtesy Wifi, check the status of his jobs and visualize some of the results.
The need for a powerful laptop or remote workstation to enable offsite work is no longer the only solution
There is no need for offsite engineers lug around a giant laptop in order to efficiently launch and modify their designs or perform simulation runs. Users launch the DCV client, connect to their workstation or cluster and are immediately given access to their desktop. No need to copy files, borrow licenses or transfer data. Engineers don’t need to create copies of files and carry them around on the laptops or on external storage which is an unnecessary security risk.
“If it ain’t broken don’t fix it!”
Every engineer uses ANSYS in his own special way. Some prefer the good old command line for everything even when a flashy GUI option is available. Others are comfortable using the Windows like GUI interface and would
Opens the door for GUI-only users to utilize large cluster resources without a steep learning curve or specialized tools.
Nice-DCV makes the use of ANSYS on large HPC clusters within reach for everyone. Engineers can log into pre-configured environments with all of the variables needed for parallel ANSYS runs already defined. Users can use can have their favorite ANSYS software added to the desktop as shortcuts or system admins can write small scripts or programs that serve as an answer file for custom job scripts.
From 0-60 in about…10 Minutes
For an engineer with the smallest amount of system administration skills it takes about 10 minutes to install the Nice-DCV server and launch the first connection. It’s surprisingly simple and straightforward on both the server and the client side. The benefits of Nice-DCV can be immediately realized in both simplified cluster administration and peace of mind for both the engineers and the system admins.
PADT’s CoresOnDemand and Nice-DCV
The CoresOnDemand service that PADT introduced last year utilizes the Nice-DCV tool to simplify and enhance the user experience. If you are interested in a live demo on Nice-DCV or the CoresOnDemand environment contact us either by phone: 480-813-4884 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information please visit: CoresOnCemand.com
(Note: some of the social media posts had a typo in the title, that was my fault (Eric) not Ahmed’s…)
If you have ever dreamed of, or at least had a need for a 3D .pdf file of your simulation results, the dream is now realized thanks to VCollab. As Eric Miller mentioned in The Focus blog back in February, the latest release of VCollab software enables users to save their results in 3D .pdf format.
We’ve now had a chance to test out the capability here at PADT, and we find it quite useful. We’ve talked about VCollab before, but it’s a software suite that enables virtual collaboration (hence the name) by reducing what may be huge simulation files to a much smaller size, enabling others in your organization or your customers to dynamically view simulation results as well as CAD data in a light-weight viewer. The folks at Vcollab have gone one step beyond that now by supporting the 3D .pdf format that is viewable in the standard Adobe reader.
Vcollab works with ANSYS results as well as results from lots of other simulation tools. The process is:
You can download the sample file used in the images below:
This is what a typical 3D .pdf file created from an ANSYS Mechanical/MAPDL results file looks like, with using the mouse to rotate and zoom around within Adobe reader.
So, if you recognize value in being able to create 3D .pdf files like this, the Vcollab software suite is worth investigating. Vcollab does lots of useful things besides writing 3D .pdf files, including the capability to be imbedded within the ANSYS Engineering Knowledge Manager (ANSYS EKM) tool.
The best way to see the power of this tool is to request a demo. Just fill out this form and we will reach out and set one up, followed by a 30 day trial. .