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#ImAnEngineerAnd I speak six languages

By: Samantha Chou, OnScale Marketing, MARCOMM

How Engineering Simulation in the Cloud helped me get my Engineering Doctorate

Last week I graduated from the University of Strathclyde with an Engineering Doctorate (EngD), which is basically an industrial focused PhD. I owe a great deal of thanks to OnScale for providing this opportunity as my project industrial sponsor. In addition to their support, access to OnScale’s cloud simulation platform enabled me to quickly complete the many simulations required for my thesis corrections.

#ImAnEngineer and a DJ

#ImAnEngineerAnd was created for you get to know the engineers behind OnScale, the global leader in CAE and Cloud HPC! We have a very interesting team of creative individuals, with hidden talents ranging from DJing to fatherhood. Over the next few months you can expect to read about a variety of our engineers from around the world, all working as one team and sharing insights into their work and personal lives. Get a deeper understanding into why people are joining OnScale, and learn what the coolest things are about working for us!

#ImAnEngineerAnd a Father!

By: Samantha Chou, OnScale Marketing, MARCOMM OnScale was created by engineers, for engineers. We know what your dream product, dream workflows, and dream results are - because we’ve been on the other side. We’re here to make those dreams a reality and are using our collective experience to develop the best solution out there. Get to know us, ask us questions, or come grab a beer at our happy hour! We’ll be highlighting different engineers on our team these next few months using the #ImAnEngineerAnd hashtag. We’re well aware of what the “engineer” stereotype is - we want to join in with the jokes, but also show the world that there’s much more to being an engineer!

An Engineers Perspective: Best Things About Working at OnScale

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

Insider: Security with OnScale + AWS

OnScale chooses Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its Cloud service platform because we share same values and security to us is our highest priority. Here is how OnScale handles security and makes your environment safe.

OnScale: Most Promising HPC Solution Provider in 2018

We are happy to be chosen as one of the most promising HPC Solutions Providers in 2018. It is an honour to stand next to big companies like IBM, Hewlett- Packard, Nvidia, Hitachi and others. 

MWC 2018: 5G is Now! (but not really…)

I attended Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 in Barcelona a few weeks ago and my main takeaway from the entire event was: 5G mobile devices are a long way off. The Big Cell guys – AT&T, Verizon, Vodafone, etc. – were all touting their latest 5G trial results – and some results are indeed impressive. I’m sure the marketing hype around 5G will get them lots of new customers. The major caveat to these 5G trials are that the cell companies are using 5G base stations to transmit data to bulky 5G routers, not 5G smartphones or other mobile devices.

OnScale: The Future of Engineering

Every startup begins with an aspiration to solve a challenging problem. If it were easy, anyone would do it. In my past startup, NextInput, we brought amazing new hardware technology to market; however, we did so in spite of our engineering tools, not because of them. It was extremely painful developing hardware technology using expensive, outdated, legacy computer-aided engineering (CAE) software tools running on clunky old “high-performance” computers (HPC). I got tired of watching the CAE and HPC space evolve at a much slower pace than other dynamic spaces like ERP and CRM. There had to be a better way.

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