Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and ANSYS Partner to Provide High Performance Computing for Academic Research

Pittsburgh, February 4, 2013 — Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) today announced the formation of a strategic academic partnership with ANSYS (NASDAQ: ANSS), a leader in engineering simulation software. PSC is a national center for high-performance computing, funded by multiple federal and state agencies and a service provider (SP) in the NSF XSEDE program, enabling computational science nationwide. As a result of the new partnership, PSC will be able to provide exceptional engineering simulation resources to academia. It will be the only SP in the XSEDE program to offer access to the full ANSYS multiphysics simulation software suite.

Scientists in U.S. academic institutions use PSC computing resources to perform cutting-edge computations in the physical, social and biological sciences, including various engineering disciplines. “PSC desired to acquire the full ANSYS multiphysics software suite,” says Cheryl Begandy, director of education, outreach and training at PSC, “to support those academic researchers who need to supplement the capabilities of their local computers to perform more computationally intensive ANSYS simulations.” All universities that have current and valid ANSYS licenses are eligible to participate in the program.

The use of the entire ANSYS suite of mechanical, computational fluid dynamics and multiphysics software on PSC’s high-performance computing resources will considerably speed up computationally intensive problems that take an inordinate amount of time on a local machine or that require more memory than is available locally. In addition, the partnership will also provide ANSYS with supercomputer time for joint software testing between PSC and ANSYS development and application engineering teams.

Academic researchers at U.S. universities who wish to run ANSYS simulations at PSC will be able to obtain time on PSC machines through the NSF XSEDE’s proposal review and allocation process. All universities utilizing these resources must be preauthorized by the partnership group at ANSYS, Inc. All pre- and post-processing must be performed on local computers, and all research must conform to the academic terms of the license agreement (under which all research must be non-proprietary, public and published/publishable with no restrictions as to public availability).

“The PSC Strategic Academic Partnership reaffirms the ANSYS commitment to high-performance computing and the significant value it provides to users of engineering simulation at all levels,” said Wim Slagter, lead product manager at ANSYS. “Our software has parallel scalability specifically engineered into its design so our customers see tremendous performance gains with a corresponding increase in computing power.”

“This partnership will be especially valuable to universities with limited computational resources, which will be able to discover the benefits of performing large-scale engineering simulations with software from ANSYS,” said Ralph Roskies and Michael Levine, scientific directors of PSC.

About PSC: http://www.psc.edu
The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center is a joint effort of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh together with Westinghouse Electric Company. Established in 1986, PSC is supported by several federal agencies, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and private industry, and is a partner in the National Science Foundation XSEDE program

About ANSYS, Inc.
ANSYS brings clarity and insight to customers’ most complex design challenges through fast, accurate and reliable engineering simulation. Our technology enables organizations ― no matter their industry ― to predict with confidence that their products will thrive in the real world. Customers trust our software to help ensure product integrity and drive business success through innovation. Founded in 1970, ANSYS employs approximately 2,400 professionals, many of them expert in engineering fields such as finite element analysis, computational fluid dynamics, electronics and electromagnetics, and design optimization. Headquartered south of Pittsburgh, U.S.A., ANSYS has more than 65 strategic sales locations throughout the world with a network of channel partners in 40+ countries. Visit www.ansys.com for more information.

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Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center