Ansys and Nvidia are claiming a ‘first’ for their use of graphics processing units (GPUs) to speed computational fluid dynamics simulation of large complex models. The new functionality, available in the 15.0 release of Ansys’ Fluent solver, combines multi-core parallel processing with Nvidia’s GPU hardware.
Gas turbine designer and manufacturer Parametric Solutions has been using Nvidia Maximus appliances, comprising Quadro GPUs and Tesla compute engines, to run Ansys structural mechanical simulations for a couple of years. Parametric CTO David Cusano reported a performance ‘doubling’ from the Maximus. Cusano expects similar performance gains from Fluent 15.0, ‘especially when paired with the new, high performance Tesla K40 accelerators.’
Ansys’ Barbara Hutchings added that support for Nvidia’s accelerator is also available in Ansys’ HFSS electromagnetic simulator. ‘Customers can now apply GPUs to speed up fluid dynamics, mechanics, and electromagnetic simulations.’ More from Ansys and Nvidia.
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