Workstations – The Innovation Engine: Serial or Simultaneous Workflows – Which one do you want? Part 2

As I mentioned in my previous blog, extreme performance and extreme visualization found in today's Intel based workstations can combine to help change the way users work and can help play a significant role in a users successful use of simultaneous workflows to innovate faster.

Getting to simultaneous workflows is not easy, but the rewards can potentially be spectacular. The hard work in developing these new workflows can also be rewarding to both:

  • workers , as the think out side the box on how these new simultaneous flows can reduce development time

  • corporations as they potentially reduce product development time as they accelerate the move from concept, to initial design, through revision and interaction through dissemination.

Let's look at the manufacturing vertical where you hear words like design optimization, digital prototyping, or analysis driven design.

With workstation supercomputers, workers can effectively design, mesh and simulate on one platform. In fact recent test with ISV's confirm users can solve large scale problems (e.g. 5 million degree of freedom finite element models) and still maintain a rigorous interactive workload. That's right, no more dreaded hour glass, or more importantly no disengaging in creative thought as you wait and you wait. Unfortunately, that also means fewer coffee breaks.

Simultaneous workflows are not a far fetched idea. In fact today users can initiate design optimization before an FEA model is even generated. Users today can simply select which dimensions in a CAD model may need to be optimized, apply the design criterion, which may include maximum stresses, temperatures or frequencies. The analysis process appropriate for the design criteria is then performed. The results of the analysis are compared with the design criterion, and, if necessary without any human intervention, the CAD geometry is updated. Now that is cool.

Not new, but very cool and with workstation supercomputers based Intel® Xeon® processors power users can employ up to 8 computational engines and over 100 GFLOPS(1) of 64 bit computing performance in an attempt to out innovate their competition. These new workstations actually resemble yesterday's high performance supercomputers - with some very visual difference -

  • they are smaller and

  • have the ability to process and visualize large scale problems that not long ago demanded access to a share of high performance computer.

Today users can have supercomputer performance under their desk and if they choose to change the way they work, they can employ the available compute and visualization resources to generate new ideas, or simply refine existing products faster than ever before.