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How OnScale is Building the Future of Engineering

By Ananth Sridhar 16 May 2019

Exactly how does OnScale provide engineers with the capability to innovate much quicker? How are we helping customers bring new technologies such as 5G, IoT, sensors, biomedical devices and autonomous vehicles to market faster than ever before?

Our Founder and CEO, Ian Campbell, recently shared his vision for OnScale as the company that would provide every engineer with the capability to access world class multiphysics solvers running on supercomputers in the cloud. With this realization, came the reality that OnScale is a game changer for every engineer. This is why Intel Capital and Google Gradient Ventures invested in OnScale in December of last year.

This is a summary of Ian’s recent presentation. Click here to listen to the full webinar.

“Just a few years ago, I was working at my first start up (NextInput) an IoT sensor company where I raised over $30 million in VC funding and got our MEMS sensors into smartphones, wearables and enabled force touch technology for android applications. The company was successful despite of our engineering tools, not because of them. In 2017, I got the chance to co-found OnScale with a group of scientists and engineers who had developed multiphysics software for over 30 years for the DoD, DARPA, and various other three letter agencies for the U.S. government. They had created something that is very special and unique – very advanced multiphysics solvers that were useful for almost every engineering application and highly parallelizable.

In today’s industry, most companies have a fixed supply of CAE (Computer-Aided Engineering)  simulation capability – meaning they have a fixed number of software licenses and they have a fixed number of hardware computers on which to run the software.  So in periods of peak demand, engineers are wasting R&D time sitting around, or worse, they’re under a time crunch and forced to make engineering decisions in the absence of good data.

OnScale is disrupting the industry by creating a scalable simulation platform. We dissected the typical CAE software architecture, and put all of the pre and post processing tools into a free thin client. There’s no licenses, IT or hardware to set up and can be run on a simple laptop. We created a high performance computing backbone on the cloud which we can do on a private cloud, or a public cloud. This is an on demand, scalable HPC platform that can run billion degrees of freedom problems in parallel. Let’s say you’re running one thousand simulations in a serial sequence that takes an hour each to do a simulation. That would add up to one thousand hours to your full design sweep. But with OnScale, you can do all one thousand simulations simultaneously and spend one hour to get the results of all one thousand simulations.

But wait…there’s more! We’re also disrupting how simulation is sold. Traditionally if you needed a simulation capability, you would go to Ansys, Dassault, Siemens or COMSOL and you would get quotes for their software licenses. That could be anywhere between $25,000 to $100,000+ per license for the capabilities that you need. And then to top it off, you’d have to buy all of the modules, add ons, and workflow items to make that simulation capability work for you. At the end of the day, you don’t even know if you’re going to get a good return on investment. Say you give that $100,000 package to your engineers, and they’ve got one license to share. How do you know if you’re getting a good return on investment? Well, you don’t.

Here’s where OnScale comes to the rescue. First of all, we’re coming to the market with a freemium version of our software. This is a fully featured version, we haven’t turned off any modules or any capabilities. This is everything that you need to run any simulation, and we’ll give you access to this with 10 free core-hours per month. If you need more, it’s simple. You just pay $10 for each additional core-hour, and we even have an estimator that will tell you how many core-hours you need to run a specific simulation before you run it, so you can make wise investments. We know, we’ve thought of everything!

Our other plans are also just as cost effective. Team accounts give two or more engineers who need to collaborate, access to our entire platform. You get 150 core-hours per month, and you can buy on demand core-hours at just $8 per core-hour, which enables you to accomplish an amazing amount of engineering work. Our Enterprise-level accounts are tailored to your business, and start at 500 core-hours per month with reserve and on-demand pricing. With OnScale, you have visibility into the exact number of corehours each project takes and the clear ability to determine whether you’re getting a good return on investment.

We know this sounds way too good to be true, and you’re probably asking if we can even back up our claims. Well, here’s an easy solution – download OnScale for yourself today, try us out, and we promise we won’t say “I told you so!”


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Check out our top 3 tutorials:

  1. Static Analysis of a Pillow Box Bearing
    1. You will learn:
      1. The Basic Simulation Workflow in Onscale Designer
      2. How to import a 3D CAD model in step format
      3. How to assign loads and boundary conditions
      4. How to perform a static analysis
      5. How to get displacement and stress results
      6. How to modify the analyst script file to add additional type of calculated results
  2. Simulating Wave Propagation in a Steel Plate with a Defect
    1. You will learn:
      1. How to set up a 2D Symmetric model
      2. How to assign a time dependent load
      3. How to create the 2D geometry using simple geometry shapes
      4. How to solve the model to calculate the acoustic pressure
  3. PZT Disc in Water Load
    1. You will learn:
      1. The Basic Simulation Workflow in Onscale Designer
      2. How to set up a 2D axi-symmetric model
      3. How to create a simple geometry
      4. How to simulate piezoelectric materials
      5. How to display and post-process your results


Watch the full webinar here!

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.