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An Engineers Perspective: Best Things About Working at OnScale

Apr 25, 2019

As the OnScale team continues to grow, we sat down with some of our engineers to find out what made them want to join OnScale, and how they believe OnScale will help tackle some of the biggest challenges fellow engineers will face in the next 5 years.

 

What made you join OnScale?

“The core foundation for most of my educational and professional achievements has been based on the development of accurate physics-based models and answer products for different applications. However, the most challenging problem faced during this development was the computational resource and time and verifying it with the measured data to make informed decisions for new product development, improvement and sustaining of existing products.

A typical example would be the design of an answer product for borehole sonic imaging or marine streamer, where the simulation time with legacy FEA software would range from a few days up to a few weeks. Simulation results obtained after spending months waiting would not generate enough data for the final development of an answer product. Most of the time spent while running these simulations was spent optimizing the model to reduce the computational time, and at the same time generating accurate results. These trade-offs were never ideal and led to a lot of non-productive time (NPT) and the ROI on the new product development could not be justified.

Furthermore, the advancements in data analytics has led to an increasing need for physics-based simulations to provide faster and reliable data to augment the development of ‘Simulation of Things’ and the ‘Digital Twin’ which legacy CAE software are unable to address with an effective approach. I first learned about OnScale when it was called PZFLEX, while I was working on my Ph.D. thesis. Since then, I’ve been impressed by their capability to solve complex piezoelectric problems. The addition of cloud computing and MPI solver capabilities a few years ago was another step in the evolution of PZFLEX to OnScale. This has enabled endless opportunities in the field of CAE design and analysis by solving large physics-based problems with reduced computational time and resources.

OnScale is at the frontier of cloud CAE and it is extremely exciting to be a part of the team as we address both the present and future research and engineering development based on the paradigm of ‘Data.’ I had the opportunity to interact with Ian (our CEO) and have had several meetings with Gerry (our VP of Engineering) over the past year. I’ve personally gotten to know the excellent team which OnScale has built, and hence was very interested to join. In addition to working with the team to make OnScale the world leader in this field, I also get to provide future engineers and scientists a simulation tool to innovate quickly without being bounded by computational and time constraints.” – Mihir Patel, Director of Engineering

OnScale’s Glasgow Office

Compared to the other CAE tools you have used, what most excites you about OnScale?

“The fast, efficient, and accurate solvers are the backbone of the tool but the real innovation that sets us apart is our Cloud platform. As a former analysis consultant, I know how frustrating it can be to constantly plan around the solve time and resource requirements for your simulations. You may have limited access to HPC hardware that requires coordinating with other engineering teams that all have competing priorities. Running on local hardware can lock up your machine and impact the rest of your work and planning around overnight runs is risky and inefficient. OnScale has eliminated all these concerns and allows you to focus on the work without having to be burdened by constantly considering where and when you’re going to run your simulations. You can submit, monitor, and post process as many simulations as you want without ever leaving the interface. It is a truly integrated cloud solution; in that it fits right into your workflow.” – Ryan Magruder, Application Engineer

 

What do you see are the biggest challenges facing engineers in the next 5 years, and how can OnScale help tackle them?

“In my opinion, the biggest challenges engineers will face in the next 5 years stem from a rapid broadening of IoT applications and the trickling down of automation into the consumer space. Sensor design will need to accelerate to provide data for machine learning and autonomous systems. Designing these sensors is difficult, and OnScale offers the ability to explore problems that couldn’t be tackled before. The availability of on-demand engineering insights needs a boost and OnScale is positioned to provide it.” – Ryan Diestelhorst, VP of Strategy

Ryan Diestelhorst, VP of Strategy and Amir Pirouz, Research Scientist at ADAS Sensors 2019!

Are there any interesting technical developments, or advancements, that you are researching just now?

“Multi-disciplinary approach to Electronics Design is an area that I am particularly interested in. The EDA workflows are currently point solutions and there is minimal integration to other aspects of physical design early in the cycle. Mechanical and Thermal simulations are carried out downstream of the design cycle and I think there is scope to maximize the physical design margins if these aspects coupled with EM and ESD effects are considered early.

Another area that I am interested in and I love to explore is the use of ML/DL to help the engineers to push the envelope of what’s possible.  A big competitive advantage of large enterprises is the institutional knowledge of some of their ‘technologists’ which helps them mentor new young engineers and deliver better products. If we can package that knowledge along with powerful AI algorithms backed with simulation data, it will give engineers all over the world an access to a powerful product leading to interesting possibilities.” – Ananth Sridhar, Application Engineer

At OnScale we know the importance of work culture and building a strong team. That’s why we continuously keep the morale high with weekly lunch ‘n’ learns and beer Fridays. Our CEO, Ian Campbell, is a strong believer in fostering the team and creating an environment for leadership.

Interested in being a part of the Future of Engineering? We’re looking to expand our team of Rockstar Scientists, Engineers, Developers, Marketers and Sales Professionals! Check out our careers page and apply today! https://onscale.com/careers/

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