ANSYS high performance computing (HPC) solutions include the flexibility and scalability to deliver enhanced insight and productivity across today’s increasingly distributed IT infrastructure and workforce. The HPC solutions from ANSYS allow you to exploit HPC resources within a workgroup or across a distributed enterprise, using local workstations, department clusters, or enterprise servers, wherever resources and people are located, removing artificial barriers to high-fidelity insight and productivity.

ANSYS have teamed up with world leading technology provider Lenovo and expert high performance computing integrator OCF to offer a simple solution that takes the guess work and complexity out of deploying, managing and using high-performance clusters. With cost, performance and simplicity in mind, this solution provides an optimal engineering analysis environment and can help you reduce risk and improve productivity.

Specs & Configurations

OCF delivers a complete Lenovo Solution for ANSYS to your site pre-racked, cabled and ready to go with HPC and ANSYS software stacks pre-installed and configured to Lenovo and ANSYS best practices.
At a high level the solutions would include:

Head Node – Lenovo x3650 M5
Resilient Server (Redundant Fans & PSUs)
Local Storage configurable to 120+TB

Management Network – Gigabit Ethernet
Compute Network – Mellanox EDR InfiniBand

Compute Hardware:
Lenovo x3550, x3650 and Lenovo NeXtScale System high density, scale-out compute chassis populated with:

Scaleable from 2 – 48+ Compute Nodes leveraging the latest Intel E5-2600 V4 processors

Preconfigured & Tested Software Stack:
Operating System – REDHAT Enterprise Linux
Proven, supported Enterprise Linux operating system for Head Node and Compute Nodes.

Cluster Management 
Provides full management capabilities from cluster provisioning, monitoring, and management to workload scheduling and reporting
ANSYS Software
ANSYS Fluent/CFX or Mechanical

Performance Statistics

Even with the smallest dual node configuration the Lenovo Solution for ANSYS offers twice as much compute performance as even the most powerful workstation. When combined with 24x7 operation and intelligent scheduling this can offer up to six times improvement in productivity over a single workstation.*

As the cluster scales up, efficiency further improves due to scheduling fully utilising the solution 24x7x365 rather than having a number of disparate systems, some of which are under and others over utilised.

*Calculation based on 100% cluster utilisation 24x7x365 of a 2 node configuration compared to 100% utilisation of an equivalent Workstation 8 hours (working day) meaning 3x utilisation with 2x compute cores.

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Lenovo Solution for ANSYS Overview

Client Testimonials

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I move from workstation to cluster?

Through using a Lenovo Solution for ANSYS you can easily and reliably deploy an integrated cluster solution that delivers speed and performance parameters that meet the needs of an ANSYS simulation environment. The preconfigured cluster makes deployment and management straight forward. For any HPC support requirements, HPC integrator experts OCF are on hand to assist.

Why should I choose Lenovo?

Lenovo is a $45 billion personal and enterprise technology company—the largest PC and systems company in the world— serving customers in more than 160 countries. Dedicated to building exceptionally engineered PCs, mobile Internet devices and servers spanning entry through supercomputers, Lenovo has built its business on product innovation, a highly-efficient global supply chain and strong strategic execution. The company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services. Lenovo recently acquired IBM’s x86 server business. With this acquisition, Lenovo is adding a best-in-class x86 server portfolio along with HPC and CAE expertise.

Has ANSYS and Lenovo validated the solution?

Yes. The Lenovo Solution for ANSYS has been designed for optimal cost, performance and simplicity using the latest Lenovo reference configuration validated by Lenovo and ANSYS. OCF pre-integrates the entire solution to ensure an easy transition when upgrading to a cluster.

What is Lenovo Solution for ANSYS?

A pre-integrated Lenovo high-performance cluster designed to run ANSYS software optimally. The solution provides your organisation with an advanced structural analysis and CFD environment that is simple to deploy, lowers costs and gives faster time to results.

Why choose OCF to help with our deployment?

With a 12-year heritage in HPC, managing big data challenges, OCF now works with over 20 per cent of the UK's Universities, Higher Education Institutes and Research Councils, as well as commercial clients from the automotive, aerospace, financial, manufacturing, media, oil & gas, pharmaceutical and utilities industries. OCF have been a Premier Business Partner of IBM for over a decade and have installed High Performance Computing solutions at a variety of public and private sector organisations; from small business up to complex organisations, including installation featured in the Top 500 largest supercomputers in the world. Our in-house team and extensive partner network can design, integrate, manage or host the high performance compute, storage hardware and analytics software necessary for customers to extract value from their data at low cost and without added complexity. 

To retain freedom to innovate and adapt the car quickly, we rely on a robust modelling process. This puts new designs on the track quickly. With a significant reduction in process times over the last three years, ANSYS HPC solutions have continued to be the tool of choice for Red Bull.

Red Bull Racing

HPC is also about increasing analysis accuracy by using larger and more complex models. Alternatively, the same hardware could be dedicated to solve a large number of smaller problems simultaneously — thus opening the door to design optimisation.

MicroConsult GmbH

ANSYS HPC technology is enabling Cummins to use larger models with greater geometric details and more realistic treatment of physical phenomena to generate results in less time.

Cummins Turbo

We realised that today’s workstations are tremendously under-utilized. We made a conscious decision to identify and execute a new strategy to achieve greater value from our hardware and software investments. We have significantly increased our throughput, and we are using all the available technologies at Parker Aerospace to expedite design decisions using ANSYS.

Parker Aerospace


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