Log in

5 Reasons for “Why OnScale”

By Ananth Sridhar 01 July 2019

1. On-Demand Scalable licensing is the future and we’ve made it happen

Engineering is hard. Engineering decisions based on approximated data are harder. Today, you should expect your simulation tool to work the same way you pay your electricity bills; pay for what you consume, that is. Paying huge upfront costs to get a few ‘seats’ of licenses is not very resourceful as development cycles have ups and downs in terms of simulation needs. If a certain optimization problem requires an engineer to run 100s of models simultaneously instead of queuing them up serially, it should be an option that doesn’t cost you a significant part of your budget in licensing costs. Unleashing the dream platform of every engineer and giving them a much bigger canvas is what we strive to do at OnScale. As engineers can best attest, real-world things, including simulation demands, are usually non-linear!

With OnScale, you can run 1000s of simulation parallelly for a fraction of the cost of legacy simulation software. That’s how we support you in accelerating your product design.

2. The latest HPC hardware is available to all engineers

 If you have access to one of the best-in-class HPC hardware to run simulations on, you can consider yourself luckier than the majority of engineers for whom dedicated HPC for simulations is a still a pipe dream. The sad reality of this siloed process is that the very engineering community that helped architect the new cloud infrastructure in some way or the other, do not get to reap the benefits of it. If graphic designers using creative applications get to enjoy the benefits of the latest hardware accelerations in the Cloud, engineers running computing power-hungry simulations should have access to the latest innovations in HPC hardware. At OnScale, we have taken full advantage of the latest cloud software stack and packaged it with our proprietary, robust, fast, and efficient solvers to fully deliver the benefits of the cloud, giving you an advantage that no other tools can: your time back to you!

OnScale is a preferred partner with popular cloud providers, such as AWS. When using OnScale, you will consistently have access to the best hardware available, thus maximizing your efficiency.

3.  Big complex multiphysics simulations are easy to setup

One of the bottlenecks with legacy tools is the need to buy additional ‘modules’ to run a few different analyses on your design. This is even more aggravating than paying ‘resort fees’ on top of paying the resorts to stay in them. The interoperability of results between the modules is another challenge that could take a painstakingly long amount of time to achieve. At OnScale, we have simplified the process: it is just one tool to run all kinds of analyses, be it thermo-mechanical, electro-mechanical, electro-thermal, or electromagnetic-thermal. The interface and the workflow stay the same, and you do not have to worry if you have the modules you need!

Model showing the warpage on a PCB.

4. Scripting tedious simulation tasks is simple!

Scripting your tedious repetitive simulation tasks doesn’t have to be unnecessarily complex. With OnScale, we create scripts in the background as you build the model in the GUI that are fully editable for further enhancements. Furthermore, users have complete flexibility to run OnScale from the workflow of their choice, including MATLAB/Python. If you want to parameterize a certain aspect of your model, changing values through a script will save you from repetitive tasks and associated clicks. Our design philosophy across the board is that of minimum clicks and maximum efficiency. OnScale’s powerful scripting interface is a page out of that book.

Parametrize everything using the powerful scripting interface available in OnScale. Also, our decoupled solvers can be ‘invoked’ using other languages, for example Python or MATLAB, to fit perfectly into your existing workflows.

5. 1 billion elements can be assembled and solved in 30 minutes

When we put together all the above benefits, solving a billion-cell model in 30 minutes shouldn’t surprise anyone. Well, maybe a little. When we presented this data to one of our partners, it sure did make some heads spin faster than their conference room chairs. Jokes aside, the point is that engineers have been creatively innovative for centuries despite natural and artificial constraints imposed on them. There are numerous roadblocks that they have overcome to create the beautiful world we live in right now. From sending satellites into orbit to building massive cities using computers that are far less superior than the device currently in your pocket. The last thing we want is a manually induced barrier of legacy software restricting new developments. Paraphrasing from what Elon Musk once said, “engineering is magic, engineers are magicians, and we want OnScale to be your wand!”

Get Started With OnScale Today!

Ananth Sridhar
Ananth Sridhar

Ananth Sridhar is an Application Engineer at OnScale. As part of our engineering team he assists with developing applications, improving our existing software and providing technical support to our customers.