December 05, 2011
Enabling computational environments for utilizing analysis applications to be built quickly due to initial operational testing
TOKYO, Dec. 5 — Fujitsu today announced the launch of three services in Japan, from its TC Cloud family of cloud services for analytical simulations: (1) Analytical Platform Service Standard Class(1), which provides a computational environment for conducting analytical simulations; (2) Analytical Platform Service High-Performance Class; and (3) Analytical Help Desk, which provides support for running analytical simulations.
Analytical Platform Service Standard Class provides access to a computational environment for conducting analytical simulations that is ideal for medium-scale parallel computations. The service is available starting from a single node for a period of at least one month. Analytical Platform Service High-Performance Class, which is intended for large-scale parallel computations, provides a high-performance computing environment connected to a high-speed network. Analytical Help Desk delivers deployment as well as operational support and training for running analytical simulations.
Fujitsu has been testing the operation of analysis applications, sold by Fujitsu and independent software vendors, on these analytical platforms (such as structural analysis, form analysis, electromagnetic wave analysis, and thermal fluid analysis), making it possible for customers to quickly build and utilize computational environments with these applications.
The new service enables customers to optimize their computational resources and flexibly respond to sudden demand by allowing them to quickly scale their resources up or down in accordance with fluctuations in their need to run analyses. Moreover, as users do not have to worry about operating or maintaining ICT equipment, they can instead focus their time on analytical work.
These cloud services are currently available only for customers based in Japan. Service release schedules outside Japan have not yet been determined.
In the manufacturing and other industries, computer-enabled analytical simulations have become an essential part of design and development due to the need for improved product reliability and safety, as well as the demand for accelerated development speeds. In August 2011, Fujitsu announced the concept behind its TC Cloud family of cloud services for running analytical simulations in the area of technical computing. These services enable customers to quickly adjust their resources and number of application licenses according to their need to run analyses, which fluctuates over time.
Based on this concept, Fujitsu is launching three services: (1) Analytical Platform Service Standard Class, which provides a cloud-based platform for conducting analytical simulations; (2) Analytical Platform Service High-Performance Class; and (3) Analytical Help Desk, which provides support for deploying and operating analytical simulations.
About the Analytical Platform Service Standard Class
Offered as a cloud service, this service provides a platform for conducting analytical simulations. The standard class is ideal for medium-scale parallel computations of up to 32 parallel computing tasks.
Features of the Analytical Platform Service Standard Class
Optional Services for the Analytical Platform Service Standard Class
About the Analytical Platform Service High-Performance Class
Offered as a cloud service, this service provides a high-performance computing environment in which computing resources are connected across a high-speed network. This high-performance class is ideal for large-scale parallel computations that employ a large number of CPUs, thereby allowing even customers who do not normally have access to a high-performance computing environment to rapidly process large-scale analyses.
This service is offered on a customized basis to support the customer's individual computational environment needs.
Application Software Available on the Analytical Platform Service
A wide range of application software can be employed with the Analytical Platform Service.
Customers have access to analysis application software packages sold by Fujitsu, including LS-DYNA(4), a nonlinear dynamic structural analysis software package; eta/DYNA FORM(5), a die system analysis package; Poynting(6), an electromagnetic wave analysis software package; and SCIGRESS(7), an integrated platform for computational chemistry (some applications are currently under performance testing). With these software packages, Fujitsu has adopted a monthly price structure based on the number of CPU cores in use. As a result, customers can utilize analysis applications at an optimal cost by using only the number of CPUs required to accommodate changes in their analysis requirements.
Analysis Application Software Available from Fujitsu
|Available from||Area of Analysis||Name of Software|
|Fujitsu Limited||Nonlinear structural analysis||LS-DYNA|
|Die system analysis||eta/DYNA FORM|
|Electromagnetic wave analysis||Poynting|
In addition, Fujitsu is currently performing joint-testing of the operations of software available from the following ISV (Independent Software Vendors):
(in alphabetical order)
|Area of Analysis||Name of Software|
|ANSYS Japan K.K
CYBERNET SYSTEMS CO., LTD.
|Structural/heat transfer analysis||ANSYS Mechanical|
|Thermal fluid analysis||ANSYS FLUENT|
|Thermal fluid analysis||ANSYS CFX|
|CDaES Co., Ltd.
|Thermal fluid analysis||STAR-CCM+|
|ESI Japan||Dynamic mechanical stress analysis||VPS (PAM-MEDYSA, etc.)|
|Sheet metal forming analysis||PAM-STAMP2G|
|Software Cradle Co., Ltd.||Thermal fluid analysis||scSTREAM|
|Thermal fluid analysis||SC/Tetra|
About the Analytical Help Desk
This service helps customers resolve problems related to analytical simulations. By leveraging the know-how it has accumulated to date through the delivery of solutions in the area of analysis, Fujitsu is offering the following services, which include software-related troubleshooting support:
Comment from Mr. Arthur Tang, Vice President of ETA
"ETA is excited to be part of this opportunity to reach engineers and researchers who are using cloud computing to access advanced simulation software. The TC Cloud service is an efficient way for these users to access software such as eta/DYNAFORM," stated Mr. Arthur Tang, Vice President, ETA.
|Service||Price (excluding tax)||Specifications|
|Analytical Platform Service||Standard Class||From 380,000 JPY/month||CPU: Intel Xeon (2~3GHz） 8CPU cores
|Pre/post environment service||From 165,000 JPY/month||OS: WindowsOS|
|Data delivery service||42,000 JPY|
|High-Performance Class||Available by quotation|
|Analytical Help Desk||Available by quotation|
Glossary and Notes
Fujitsu is a leading provider of information and communication technology (ICT)-based business solutions for the global marketplace. With approximately 170,000 employees supporting customers in over 100 countries, Fujitsu combines a worldwide corps of systems and services experts with highly reliable computing and communications products and advanced microelectronics to deliver added value to customers. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.5 trillion yen (US$55 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2011. For more information, please see: www.fujitsu.com.
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