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Multiphysics simulations and license management in the HPC Cloud

Two Fraunhofer SCAI departments contribute to the new Fortissimo project funded by the European Commission

The Fraunhofer Institute for Algorithms and Scientific Computing SCAI participates in the new collaborative project Fortissimo (Factories of the Future Resources, Technology, Infrastructure and Services for Simulation and Modeling).

It is funded by the European Commission for three years with a budget just under 22 M€. The project will enable European small and medium-sized enterprises to be more competitive globally through the use of simulation services, which run on a High Performance Computing (HPC) Cloud infrastructure. Fortissimo is coordinated by the University of Edinburgh and involves 45 partners.

The Fraunhofer Institute SCAI participates in Fortissimo through two of its departments – the Department of Simulation Engineering as well as the Department of Bioinformatics.

»Multiphysics Simulation in the Cloud«

The Department of Simulation Engineering aims to demonstrate how HPC Cloud services can help to support new users in using multiphysics simulation solutions. The main idea of the experiment »Fortissimo – Multiphysics Simulation in the Cloud« is to provide multiphysics evaluation capabilities and related support services as a remote cloud service from HPC-centers. These services will provide access to various simulation codes, an open code-coupling environment like SCAI’s software MpCCI, a valuable and growing number of tutorials, and enough CPU resources to run bigger jobs. The focus of the experiment is on coupled electro-thermal calculations for transformers, electrical motors, switching devices and other products.

»License management in the Cloud.«

The Grid and Cloud Middleware research group of the Department of Bioinformatics supports the project Fortissimo with the integration of its software product elasticLM. It is a technology for creating and managing software licenses, which is designed for distributed computing environments like Grids and Clouds. elasticLM overcomes the limitations of existing software license management solutions by making the use of license-protected applications on resources outside of the own administrative domain as easy as running them locally. Therefore, SCAI’s Department of Bioinformatics will develop together with its partners Gompute (Sweden), KE-works (Netherlands) and Noesis (Belgium) a one-stop-shop for small and medium-sized enterprises to get access to cloud resources, simulation applications and required software licenses with the Independent Software Vendor (ISV) as the single contact point for fulfillment.

In addition to the departments of Simulation Engineering and Bioinformatics, Fraunhofer SCAI’s spin-off company, scaposAG, provides the main operative management of the project.

Altogether, the European project Fortissimo will contribute to the increased competitiveness of European manufacturing industry through the innovative infrastructure that will be developed and tested. It will also create commercial opportunities for European Independent Software Vendors and for service and High Performance Computing infrastructure providers by creating a new market for their products and services. The project places emphasis on the exploitation of opportunities at all levels of the value chain, from the SME end-users to the providers of High Performance Computing infrastructure.

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