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Service of large-scaled analysis, simulation, CG rendering with the advanced calculation feature of high performance computing

Start of service: '11.06.17
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Overview of service
FORUM8 will launch the service using HPC (High-Performance Computing). "High-performance computing on cloud services laboratory" was established, and we will provide the new solutions including large scale of analysis and simulation, CG rendering by using the front line of current processing capacity of high-performance computing.

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Overview of high-performance computing on cloud services/Introduction of high-performance computing laboratory
Large-scaled experiment and research with high-performance computing(HPC)

  • HPC(High Performance Computer/Computing) is the term representing the large amount of calculation in the unit time, and it is used for the simulation and visualization of the large-scaled weather and disaster prediction, research of molecule and material, medical and life science such as genome information analysis, analysis of noise, sound, and fluid(water, wind, and heat), pre-experiment including collision experiment, physic experiment, space science.

Next generation of the high-performance computer with the highest speed process function in the world, K computer "K"

  • Riken is currently processing the construction of the next generation high-performance computer (K computer "K") in port island, Kobe city, Hyogo prefecture. "K" has the 10 peta FLOPS level of performance which is equivalent to four times of the highest speed in the world as of February, 2011. They aim to run the first test in the world in 2012 when it is completed. In addition, it is aimed to construct the medical industrial city with the latest medical centers in the second area of port island where "K" is located. Additionally, four universities such as Kobe university is now under construction, and it is expected to be developed as the base of academic research.

Launch of "Laboratory of high-performance computing on cloud services"

  • FORUM8 has established "High-performance computing on cloud services -Kobe laboratory" in the "Advanced computational science support laboratory, Foundation for Computational Science(FOCUS)" constructed near the next generation super computer "K" in April 2011. We will provide the service using supercomputer which supports for more than 15 Tera-FLOPS (15 trillion calculations per second).
    The research overview is scheduled to be the development and operational support of software service which will effectively use the supercomputer environment and large storage environment. We aim to improve the service so that the next generation supercomputer "K" which will launch from 2012 in future.

FORUM8 High performance computing on cloud services Kobe laboratory
  • Address : Laboratory 1, Computational science center building 2F, 7-1-28, Minatoshima, minami-cho, chuo-ku, Kobe city 650-0047
  • TEL : 078-304-4885
  • FAX : 078-304-4884
  • E-Mail : f8kobe@forum8.co.jp
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Services with high-performance computing
<Related information> High-performance computing on cloud services (Up&Coming '11 Fresh Green Issue)

Engineer's Studio(R) High-performance computing on cloud services optionNEW Released on 2011/08/24
Engineer's Studio(R) is an analysis program with Finite Element Method(FEM), developed in-house from pre-processing, calculation engine, to post-processing. This program allows various analysis including static analysis, dynamic analysis, and eigen value analysis. It supports for material nonlinear models and geometric nonlinear models. The structural analysis using beam elements, fiber elements, and plate elements can be performed.

For this time, we have launched "Engineer's Studio(R) Cloud Service" where the main calculation is supported by FOCUS high-performance computing(*1). This allows the scale for analysis to be enlarged and the time taken for analysis to be reduced in Engineer's Studio(R).
In this service, the data is automatically linked with FOCUS high-performance computing by creating and registering them via the Internet. The final result data is scheduled to be taken via web application, saved in a medium and sent to the customers according to the situation.
As the platform of FOCUS high-performance computing is Linux, the transfer is currently in progress. The algorithm of main process will be same as Windows version when the service starts, however, we will develop the optimized algorithm for FOCUS high-performance computing to improve the performance. Please look forward it!

*1 Foundation for Computational Science(FOCUS) http://www.j-focus.or.jp/(Japanese only)
Figure3 Example of large scale model
(Super-high building:Approx. 80,000 nodes) 
Figure1 Process image of Engineer's Studio(R)analysis service

Analysis method of high-performance computing on cloud services option

1.Create and save the input data with Engineer's Studio(R). 2. Log-in the UC-1 for SaaS server. 3. Upload the input data.(Input the job)

4. Download the analysis result. 5. Display the result, and create the report with Engineer's Studio(R).

Future development
  • Parallelization for multiple nodes
  • Added option for selecting the result data before analysis to get only the required data from a number of analysis data.

High-performance computing option, Analysis support service

This service is an option of the existing Engineer's Studio(R) analysis support service. Engineer's Studio(R) supports for nonlinear plate elements. The problems such as calculation time or memory consumption are sometimes occurred in large scale models. The high-performance computing allows the reduction of calculation time and the improvement of analysis accuracy by supporting precise model analysis. In the analysis of 300 seconds (30,000 steps at intervals of 1/100 seconds), which was measured in the 2011off the Pacific coast of Tohoku Earthquake, known for "K-NET Tsukidate(MYG004)" opened in Kyoshin network( K-NET), NIED, the computation time is reduced using supercomputer. Moreover, as the seismic waveform which was measured in the subsequent aftershock is also opened in that network, a number of step analysis (More than 50,000 steps) can be rapidly performed with consideration of effect of main shock and aftershock.

References:Kyoshin Network(K-NET), National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention(NIED)(http://www.k-net.bosai.go.jp/)

Figure5 Maximum acceleration distribution on ground surface observed by strong motion observation network(K-NETKiK-net)(Left), strong-motion waveform at K-NET Tsukidate(Right) Cited from website of NIED

UC-win/RoadCG movie service
This service provides the high-accurate movie file created by POV-Ray. The high-performance computing allows the high-accurate movie which is not available in real. In addition, with POV-Ray, the script file can be edited with editor after outputting with UC-win/Road.

Service flow
  1. Create the scenes in UC-win/Road.
  2. Adjust the movie contents.
  3. Create the POV-Ray script.
  4. Render per frame(with high-performance computing)
  5. Create the movie file from rendered result.
  6. Deliver the movie file.

Future development
  • Supports for the creation of movie file.
  • Supports for the objects(Rain, snow, fire (smoke)) which were not available for POV-Ray in Ver.5.2.

Setting of atmosphere with POV-Ray (Effect of fog)
Example of the rendered model with POV-Ray. VR model for modification of the surrounding environment in the river, northern china.
Model output from UC-win/Road (Left) and the rendered CG with "POV-Ray", high-performance computer (Right)

Wind and heat fluid analysis/simulation supercomputing service
This service is the analysis and simulation support service with general-purpose of fluid analysis tool "OpenFOAM". "OpenFOAM" was developed by OpenCFD and delivered with General Public License of GNU as free or open source.It allows the simulation of complex flow including the fluid flow with turbulent fluid and heat transfer. This service provides the easy access to the advanced analysis environment using high-performance computer by FORUM8's intermediate access to high-performance computer.

Use of current analysis part
  • Wind analysis(Wind analysis around building)
  • Water(Single fluid, fixed or free boundary)
  • Multiphase fluid analysis(Gas and liquid, liquid and solid, etc)

Wind analysis with Nakameguro GT Tower model
Wind analysis with Shibuya model
Analysis example with OpenFOAM
Pressure contour diagram.The pressure and flow line per hour can be checked by changing the time.

Noise analysis/simulation supercomputing service Released on 2011/08/29
This service is for the simulation of noise production in general by locating the sound source and for receiving sound in VR space.
The analysis process is performed by high-performance computer, this service is very useful especially for the large-scaled data process.

<Related information> UC-win/Road Noise simulation option (Up&Coming '11 New Year Issue)

Noise Simulation option consists of Pre-processor (for data input), main processor (for simulation) and Post-processor (for presenting result).

  • Preprocessor
    Data entry process of the sound source arrangement, sound receiving surface settings, analysis condition parameters settings is performed in VR-Studio(R).
  • Main processor
    The reflection and transmission on ground surface and model surface are considered by setting the sound path.(The information that the judgment of diffraction is performed described in the article of "UC-win/Road Noise simulation option" in the previous issue is incorrect. The diffraction is not considered.)
    In the analysis process, the data can be separately processed between sound source and sound path. The parallel computation is executed in supercomputer using this feature to process large scale date efficiently in VR-Studio(R) version.
  • Post processor
    Rich display options help you to capture the simulation results from various viewpoints. In addition to contours and contour lines commonly used for presenting the simulation results, the option also has a unique ability: visualizing sound pressure level by grid or sphere shape.

Future development
  • Development of parallelized algorithm perfect for the use of high-performance computer
  • Improvement of simulation result display
  • Development of VR-Studio(R) noise simulation option

Procedure of noise analysis

1. Pre-process
  • Import geographical data and terrain data
  • Define the structures including roads and bridges
  • Define the constructions including buildings
  • Define the sound source and sound receiving points
  • Define the analysis conditions
    Setting of sound source Placing points at once

2. Main process
  • Analyze
  • Output analysis result

3. Post-process
  • Import analyzed result
  • Visualize the analysis results

    Visualization by contours Visualization by contour lines Visualization with sphere shapes

Scheduled high-performance computing service Under development
3DVR cloud "VR-Cloud(TM) service"
  • The linkage of cloud service and high-performance computing allows the calculation and transmission process of large-scaled data.
Tsunami and fluid analysis simulation service
  • Large-scaled Tsunami and fluid analysis service
VR-Studio(R) noise simulation option
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