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March 2020

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Aremi MacDonald

The “HAWK” is here: The power of Ingrid Cloud’s HPC drives innovation and optimisation

Hawk is the newest addition to the supercomputing resources used to solve CFD simulations within Ingrid Cloud. With access to this powerful HPC system, Ingrid Cloud is ahead of the curve now so more than ever- delivering faster, more optimised and even higher-performing simulations. Hawk was recently launched at the High-Performance Computing Centre (HLRS) in Stuttgart, Germany.

The USPs of Ingrid Cloud’s core technology are automation, speed and accuracy. This is achieved by using some of the best resources on the market combined with our intelligent optimisation algorithms. That's why it’s paramount that we’re consistently transitioning towards using the fastest and highest-performing computational resources available to us. Hawk is a part of that solution.

The core simulation technology of Ingrid Cloud is very scalable in terms of the use of computational power.

-Sebastian Desand, CEO, Ingrid Cloud

“With a peak performance (of approximately 26 petaflops) that is 3.5 times faster than HLRS's previous flagship computing system, Hawk is expected to be in the top 10 of the fastest supercomputers worldwide and the fastest general-purpose system in Europe,” Data Direct Networks (DDN).

Finding new ways to optimise Ingrid Cloud’s HPC resources allows us to close the gap of the traditional trade-off between speed and ease-of-use on one hand, and accuracy and reliability on the other.

Ensuring that Ingrid Cloud can utilise thousands of cores of optimised computational power allows users to maintain control of the process, without having to make these compromising trade-offs. Ingrid Cloud is adamant on using these advances in high-performance computing towards innovation, instead of getting stuck in old legacy schemes of unreliable modelling or GPU-shortcuts, says Desand. 

Ingrid Cloud is already much faster, easier and less expensive than the other alternatives like physical wind tunnel experiments. We are doing some very interesting developmental work that will increase both accuracy and the efficiency of the code during the coming years. We believe that this work will in the long term make Ingrid Cloud more accurate than physical wind tunnel experiments, such as in specific use cases for wind simulations in urban areas and wind farms.

-Sebastian Desand, CEO, Ingrid Cloud

HPC and Numerical Analysis: A backstory in a nutshell

Back in the day when we used to think about computers, we envisioned big old timey machines with the capability of typing out a document on Word or using the Microsoft Paint feature- it was a novel instrument of its time.

But the reality is, we use the word “computer” in a very broad sense of the term. In fact, we’ve been experimenting with these machines and their computational power for numerical analysis since the 1920’s. By the mid 80’s, the fastest supercomputer had the computational power equivalent to an iPhone 4. Today we’ve surpassed that standard to exceptional lengths.

The limitations of the computational resources available at the time had a very negative impact on the accuracy and speed of flow simulations. Computational Fluid Dynamics is one of the most complex and computationally demanding areas within numerical analysis. That task just got easier thanks to Hawk.

-Sebastian Desand, CEO, Ingrid Cloud