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The Power of Software Optimization ANSYS Scales Simulation Performance by optimizing ANSYS® Mechanical™ for the increasing parallelism of Intel® architecture The Need for Speed in Simulation-Based Design Engineering simulation software has changed how companies design products, enabling them to explore and test more design options faster, while reducing the need for ...physical prototyping. ANSYS software has played a central role in this transition 1 and is now used by 96 of the top 100 industrial companies on the FORTUNE 500* list. ANSYS customers have an insatiable need for higher computing performance, so they can model and test bigger assemblies with greater fidelity. Many of them also want to generate deeper insights with each simulation, by integrating additional physics variables, exploring nonlinear and composite materials, and evaluating more complex and dynamic environmental conditions. Yet, fast time to results remains a critical factor for most customers to meet aggressive time-to-market requirements. As the size and complexity of the simulations grows, the speed and capacity of the computing platform must also grow. Up to 3X the performance for ANSYS ™Mechanical Gold Upgrade: Move to a New System and Add Intel® Xeon® Phi Coprocessors Intel® Many Integrated Core Ansys® Mechanical 16.0 V16sp–5 R16.0 Benchmark SP5 Architecture Offers a Path 600 To meet the continually growing Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2690 550 Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2697 v3 compute demand, ANSYS has worked 500 Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2697 v3 with closely with Intel for several years to Intel® Xeon Phi® coprocessor 3120 450 Rating Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2697 v3 with optimize ANSYS Mechanical software Intel® Xeon Phi® coprocessor 7120 400 +2.2x for increasing parallelism in each new Solver 350 generation of multicore Intel® Xeon® 300 Core processors. More recently, ANSYS +2.8x 250 and Intel have extended these efforts 200 to the many-core Intel® Xeon Phi™ +3.2x 150 coprocessor. These highly parallel 100 coprocessors provide up to 61 cores, 50 244 threads, and 1.2 teraflops of double-precision peak performance 0 3120 7120 7120 7120 7120 7120 3120 3120 3120 3120 3120 7120 7120 7120 7120 7120 7120 7120 7120 Phi Phi Phi Phi Phi Phi Phi Phi 2 per coprocessor. They can run the 0 0 0 Phi Phi Phi Phi Phi Phi 0 0 0 0 0 Phi Phi Phi Phi Phi Phi Phi Phi Phi Phi Phi Phi Phi core core core core core core core core 4 2 2 3 3 3 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 same code as Intel Xeon processors, so core core core core core core core core core core core core core core core core core core core 16 20 24 1 2 3 4 8 independent software vendors (ISVs), 12 14 16 17 20 21 1 2 3 4 6 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 6 such as ANSYS, are not required to By optimizing ANSYS® Mechanical™ 16.0 for the latest multicore Intel® Xeon® processors write and manage multiple code bases. and many-core Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessors, ANSYS Read the full case study.

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