Your top competitor discovered a secret tool.
Your top competitor is now equipping its design engineers with High Performance Computing on-demand, in the Cloud, which crunches engineering simulations faster, way faster.
Your product design engineers are now up against a High Performance Computer (HPC) running Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) simulation software to solve Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Finite Element Analysis (FEA) problems to develop simulation driven product designs. With the help of HPC, your competitor is able to shorten their design cycles. They are able to iterate through design options faster to find the better designs.
Your competitors are using Cloud HPC to run CAE simulations that find better and cheaper ways to build their product and identify flaws to prevent recalls. You need an HPC as a Service (HPCaaS) solution, one that can provide your engineers with on-demand Computer Aided Engineering capabilities.
Here is what to look for while considering on-demand CAE solutions:
Your CAE software running on on-demand HPC
Do not compromise here. Ask the on-demand CAE vendor to demonstrate their ability to run the software tools your engineers are already familiar with to minimize training needs.
Desktop like pre- and post-processing
Your engineers need to be able to see their 3D CAD models, run CAE analysis, and view the results using the on-demand HPC service. Ask the on-demand CAE vendor to show that their service can match a desktop computer user experience.
Automated monitoring to keep you connected, in control
Ask how your engineers will get status updates, while they are home, at the office, or traveling. Ask how the on-demand CAE vendor will ensure that your engineers are always in control of their processing. Can they set budget limits? Can they see if the computation task is complete, or in error state?
Information security controls
Most important: Is your data secure? Ask if the on-demand CAE vendor has a physically secure data center. Ask if your engineers connection from their desktop to the on-demand CAE vendor is protected by encryption.
Your top competitor discovered a secret tool. Now is a good time to catch up.