Ansys said it delivered one of the first commercial finite element analysis (FEA) solvers to support AMD Instinct™ accelerators, the newest data center GPUs from AMD. (Photo: AMD/PRNewswire)

The collaboration reportedly produced a solution that makes simulations up to 6 times faster

August 24, 2022

 PITTSBURGH— Graphics processing units (GPUs) are designed to provide top performance for data centers and supercomputers, paving the way for faster development of more efficient designs for cars, planes, and consumer products. Ansys, the developer of engineering simulation software, is now investing GPUs as an emerging, sustainable and powerful technology.

Ansys reported that its Ansys® Mechanical™ software is one of the first commercial finite element analysis (FEA) programs to support AMD Instinct™ accelerators, the newest data center GPUs from AMD. The AMD Instinct accelerators are designed to provide exceptional  performance for data centers and supercomputers to help solve the world’s most complex problems, Ansys said in a release.

To support the AMD Instinct accelerators, Ansys said it developed APDL code in Ansys Mechanical to interface with AMD ROCm™ libraries on Linux, which will support performance and scaling on the AMD accelerators.

Ansys’s latest collaboration with AMD produced a solution that is said to significantly speed up simulation of large structural mechanical models. According to Ansys’s tests, the solution was between three and six times faster for Ansys Mechanical applications using the sparse direct solver. Adding support for AMD Instinct accelerators in Ansys Mechanical gives customers greater flexibility in their choice of high-performance computing (HPC) hardware, the company said.

“Today’s large, complex engineering challenges require quick, predictively accurate simulations that scale,” said Brad McCredie, corporate vice president, Data Center and Accelerated Business Unit at AMD, in the release. “The collaboration between Ansys and AMD can enable a speed boost for some applications, enabling our joint customers to run complex structural simulations that drive higher quality, more efficient designs for cars, planes, and a range of other products while meeting their deadlines.”

“Ansys’s collaboration with AMD will help enable mutual customers to leverage cutting-edge GPU hardware for Ansys Mechanical applications in the data center, both on-premises and in the cloud to reduce time to market and deliver more optimal solutions,” said Shane Emswiler, senior vice president of products at Ansys, in the release. “This work is well-aligned with our high-power computing strategy to invest deeply in GPUs as an emerging, sustainable, powerful technology for Ansys simulations.”

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