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ANSYS on the Cloud? Making Remote Visualization Work
Posted Tue November 11, 2014 @02:56PM
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News A recent ANSYS blog post relates efforts to facilitate remote solution visualization: Increasingly, we’re hearing from ANSYS customers who are interested in running simulation on the cloud. Along with enthusiasm for elastic capacity, we also hear a lot of questions about feasibility.

One set of these questions centers around the challenge of moving big simulation datasets between the end-user desktop and the cloud computing engine.

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Our response has been “don’t move the data, analyze it on the cloud”. And that leads to the next question: “Can I run ANSYS on the cloud, and still maintain good interactive GUI and graphics performance?”

This week, a team from ANSYS is at the AWS re:Invent meeting in Las Vegas, learning more about the AWS cloud and showcasing our answer to this performance question. Teaming with our partners from AWS and NICE, ANSYS has created an AWS “Test Drive” that demonstrates ANSYS post-processing on an AWS machine. This live demo uses NICE Desktop Cloud Visualization (DCV) to leverage hardware accelerated graphics on an AWS G2 instance, with pixels sent to the end-user device. We’re also showing how remote rendering can be used to enable really big models, without running into memory limits on the graphics server.

The result is a pretty responsive desktop-like experience that allows interactive post-processing from our demo station, with the ANSYS applications running in the AWS cloud.

While the demo sounds simple, there is significant deployment and testing that goes into delivering a robust remote visualization solution on the cloud. ANSYS is fortunate to have a strong ecosystem of partners – like NICE — working with us to develop these best-practices and deliver end-to-end simulation on the cloud.

Want to see for yourself? If you happen to be at re:Invent, stop by and find NICE or ANSYS in the Test Drive Customer Showroom. Or, sign up to take the Test Drive.

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