Ansys has launched Ansys Discovery Live, a brand new product line that aims to remove many of the barriers traditionally associated with simulation and analysis.
The subject of a three-year development program, Ansys Discovery combines drag and drop modelling tools with built-in simulation that solves in an instant.
The launch version looks to combine modelling technology from SpaceClaim (which Ansys acquired back in 2014) with Finite Element Analysis (FEA) of structures and harmonics as well as computational fluid dynamics (CFD) for both fluid flow (internal and external) and thermal simulation.
Major barriers to the wider adoption of current simulation technology are seen as them being difficult to use, lengthy computation times and complexity of workflow, despite promises from the industry as a whole for the last two decades.
What Ansys is hoping will set Discovery Live apart is how quickly the system can deliver the results. By combining the modelling tools with a new generation of simulation solver code, which takes advantage of the huge parallel processing power of graphics processing units, the system delivers the results instantaneously — and we mean instantaneously.
Load the CAD model, add the constraints and boom, there are your results, live. You can then use the built-in modelling tools (based on SpaceClaim) to make edits to your results, then have them recompute and redisplay instantly. No waiting, no complex computation cycles.
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So how has Ansys managed to achieve this sort of breakthrough in compute speed and interactivity?
According to Mark Hindsbo, Ansys vice president and general manager: “Discovery Live features a new solver built from the ground on a GPU architecture.
“We have taken the very best from our heritage of engineering simulation in terms of tried and trusted numerical methods and adopted them natively to this new massively parallel architecture and in the process invented new methods that enable increases in speed from 100 to 1,000 times those of traditional CPU based methods.
“Modern graphics cards have thousands of cores and we inherently solve across all of those cores. For about $500 you can buy a new NVIDIA card that gives terra flops of computing power and real time simulation results with Discovery Live.”
”Given GPU’s are beating Moore’s law this is only going to get exponentially better.
“In addition, we have based the interactivity on the SpaceClaim application that allows for direct modelling and manipulation of geometry. This product was also born with extreme ease of use as its primary design parameter and coupled with GPU simulation is the unique combination allowing Discovery Live to come to life (no pun intended).”
In terms of hardware requirements, any system that makes use of GPU compute typically has a pretty hefty requirement in terms of graphics card. This isn’t the case with Discovery Live, and interestingly Ansys aren’t enforcing the use of the ‘professional’ graphics cards. In fact, you can run this on pretty much any Nvidia (Kepler onwards) GPU.
The official graphics specs quote: “a dedicated Nvidia GPU card based on the Kepler, Maxwell or Pascal architecture. Most dedicated Nvidia GPU cards produced in 2013 or later will be based on one of these architectures.”
In addition, Ansys suggest you’ll need at least 4GB of video RAM (8GB preferred) and the latest drivers.
About ANSYS Discovery. ANSYS Discovery products for 3-D Design enable CAD modeling and simulation for all design engineers. Since demands on today’s design engineers to build optimised, lighter and smarter products are greater than ever, using appropriate design tools is critical.
The ANSYS 3-D Design family accelerates product development and brings innovations to market faster and more affordably.
- 3-D Modeling
Built on direct modeling technology, ANSYS Discovery SpaceClaim makes creating, repairing or editing geometry easy again, instead of a chore. Whether you are involved in concept modeling, reverse engineering scanned data or preparing a model for manufacturing or simulation, SpaceClaim’s tools are designed to remove geometry bottlenecks and accelerate the design process.
- Instant Simulation
ANSYS Discovery Live is an environment providing instantaneous simulation, tightly coupled with direct geometry modeling, to enable interactive design exploration. Supporting common fluids, structural, and thermal simulation applications, it allows engineers to experiment with design ideas and see instant feedback from their changes.
- Simulation for Design Engineers
ANSYS AIM seamlessly integrates design and simulation for all engineers, helping them to explore ideas and concepts in greater depth. AIM provides a single platform for simulation-driven product development. With guided workflows to promote best practices, you can take advantage of best-in-class ANSYS solver technology to the fullest. Easy to learn and use, it offers unmatched versatility, speed and precision to optimize designs and take them to the next level. Whether performing thermal, electromagnetic, structural, fluid or various multiphysics combinations, AIM eliminates the need for any other simulation software for designers.
About ANSYS Inc. Founded in 1970, ANSYS employs nearly 3,000 professionals, many of whom are expert M.S. and Ph.D.-level engineers in finite element analysis, computational fluid dynamics, electronics, semiconductors, embedded software and design optimization. Our exceptional staff is passionate about pushing the limits of world-class simulation technology so our customers can turn their design concepts into successful, innovative products faster and at lower cost. As a measure of our success in attaining these goals, ANSYS has been recognized as one of the world's most innovative companies by prestigious publications such as Bloomberg Businessweek and FORTUNE magazines.
Product: ANSYS Discovery
Version: Enterprise 19.2
Supported Architectures: x64
System Requirements: PC
Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7even or newer
ANSYS Discovery Live Graphics Requirements
ANSYS Discovery Live relies on the latest GPU CUDA technology (9.1 or later) to provide its computation and visual experience. To run the software, you will require: A dedicated NVIDIA GPU card (Quadro recommended) based on the Kepler, Maxwell or Pascal architecture with CUDA 9.1 (or later) drivers Maxwell 2000 or better strongly recommended. Most dedicated NVIDIA GPU cards produced in 2013 or later will be based on one of these architectures. At least 4GB of video RAM (8GB preferred) on the GPU.
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