CFD Industry Leader, NUMECA adopts Advania Data Centers HPC-as-a-Service

Posted: 25 Nov 2019

Brussels, Belgium November 21st, 2019 — Advania Data Centers (ADC) and NUMECA International, a market leader in computational fluid dynamics CFD, multiphysics and optimization, have announced a strategic HPC service partnership.

Beginning in 2020, ADC will operate an HPC-as-a-Service (HPCaaS) for NUMECA, enabling NUMECA full private and secured access to effectively endless high-density compute resources via ADC’s 100% sustainably-powered and cooled data centers.

This HPCaaS partnership allows NUMECA to concentrate on its core software developments and support activities while ADC handles its HPC cluster management, power and cooling — ensuring peak performance at all times based on their Intel Xeon Scalable processor-based infrastructure.

“ADC provides NUMECA with a high-performance computing-specific operational expertise that few data centers can offer,” said Eyjólfur Magnús Kristinsson, Advania Data Centers CEO. “On top of that, because we can host and operate HPC clusters in an extremely cost- and power-efficient manner, we can actually include more compute within the same budget than any other HPC-as-a-Service provider out there.”

“Customers are increasingly looking for ways to scale performance with minimal infrastructure and energy resources to meet sustainability goals and reduce overall carbon footprint,” said John Dinning, vice president, Software and Solutions, HPC and AI, at HPE. “Our collaboration with Advania Data Centers allows customers to adopt purpose-built technologies for HPC and AI workloads, such as with the HPE Apollo 20 system, while complying with sustainability mandates by leveraging managed services from Advania Data Centers’ that offer renewable power sources and 100% free air cooling feature.”

According to Charles Hirsch, founder and President of NUMECA, NUMECA will be using ADC’s HPCaaS for internal software development as well as customer applications and benchmarking — workloads that can demand instantaneous HPC bursting capacity that would strain many competing computing environments.

“HPC is a crucial element of our business, and ADC-powered HPC will be essential to our team in support to the development of the next generation of fluid dynamics software and applications.” said Marc Tombroff, NUMECA’s general manager.

“Our partnership with Advania Data Centers and HPE will provide NUMECA with a leading-edge technology platform and Intel-optimized software tools to fuel their research and commercial efforts”, says Trish Damkroger, Vice President and General Manager of Intel’s Extreme Computing Group. “The Intel Xeon Platinum 9200 processors in the HPE Apollo 20 system include built-in AI acceleration, which will enable NUMECA to further accelerate their innovation across a broad set of existing and emerging HPC and AI workloads”

From Left: Frederick Kohout, CMO at Cray an Hewlett Packard Enterprise company and VP of Marketing at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Gisli Kr. Chief Commercial Officer at Advania Data Centers, Bill Magro, Intel Fellow and Chief Technologist, High Performance Computing at Intel.

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