HPC Cluster from Penguin Computing Powers Leading Edge Research at Applied Research Associates

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System performance, reliability and ease-of-use are key for LS-DYNA multi-physics simulations.

ARA's choice is another example that a cluster from Penguin Computing is the right choice for complex simulation tasks

Penguin Computing announced today that Applied Research Associates (ARA) has chosen a Linux HPC cluster from Penguin Computing to perform large non-linear finite element analyses with LS-DYNA from Livermore Software Technology Corporation (LSTC).

ARA is a provider of in-depth research and engineering services specializing in the fields of National Defense, Homeland Security and Transportation. Research projects typically include high rate impacts, large deformations, material failure, and fluid-structure interaction. These simulations exploit many advanced and compute intensive features of LS-DYNA, a general-purpose multi-physics simulation software package from LSTC. Features used include mesh free smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH) and Arbitrary Lagrangian-Eularian (ALE) methods.

ARA's HPC cluster consists of AMD Opteron based compute nodes from Penguin Computing. The compute cluster includes a low-latency, high-bandwidth Infiniband interconnect and is managed by Penguin Computing's cluster management solution Scyld ClusterWare 4.

"In order to handle the most complicated problems and meet the expectations of our clients, performance, reliability and ease-of-use are key considerations for choosing HPC solutions.", says ARA investigator Rob MacNeill. "The decisive factor for the selection of an HPC cluster from Penguin Computing was the fact that Scyld ClusterWare makes the cluster as easy to manage as a single system. We are researchers, not cluster experts and don't have a dedicated resource for system administration. Scyld ClusterWare enables us to benefit from the price/performance of a Linux cluster without being distracted from our research. We recently completed detailed structural analyses of a collapsing high-rise building with models of up to 4 million nodes. These simulations ran for weeks on end to simulate the propagation of failure leading to the building's total collapse. Reliability and performance of Penguin's cluster were key factors that contributed to the successful completion of this project."

"Penguin Computing has been focusing for years on delivering high performance clusters that are easy to deploy, manage and use. We are excited to see how Penguin Computing helps make cluster technology and distributed high performance applications like LS-DYNA/MPP available to a wider audience", says Wayne L. Mindle, Ph.D., Technical Sales Engineer for LSTC.

"ARA's choice is another example that a cluster from Penguin Computing is the right choice for complex simulation tasks" says Charles Wuischpard, CEO and President of Penguin Computing. "Unlike other vendors, Penguin offers truly integrated solutions consisting of state-of-the-art hardware and a complete, mostly in-house developed cluster software stack. What makes this offering even more attractive is Penguin Computing's level of expertise with applications like LSTC's LS-DYNA, enabling us to build application optimized clusters."

About Penguin Computing
Penguin Computing, headquartered in San Francisco, California, specializes in complete, integrated HPC clustering solutions. Penguin has been a successful innovator for over a decade, providing Linux HPC solutions to a variety of industries. Penguin's staff, including the originator of the Beowulf Cluster architecture, has unsurpassed experience in delivering a powerful combination of fully integrated HPC clusters, comprehensive cluster management software, and services. For more information about Penguin Computing and Penguin products, or to download Scyld ClusterWare 4.2 for the free 45-day evaluation, please go to: http://www.penguincomputing.com.

Penguin Computing is a registered trademark of Penguin Computing, Inc. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvald. Other names are for informational purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.

About Livermore Software Technology Corp. (LSTC): A team of engineers, mathematicians, and computer scientists are engaged in the development of LS-DYNA®, LS-OPT® and LS-PrePost® for various industries including Automobile Design, Aerospace, Manufacturing, and Bioengineering. LS-DYNA development is focused on one code technology that includes Implicit, Explicit, SMP and MPP solvers. More information about LSTC can be found on the company's website: http://www.lstc.com. LS-DYNA, LS-OPT and LS-PrePost are registered trademarks of Livermore Software Technology Corporation.
About Applied Research Associates (ARA): ARA is a multifaceted company with over a thousand employees with offices across the nation. ARA provides engineering research and technical support services to a broad range of government and commercial clients. More information about ARA can be found on the company's website: http://www.ara.com


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