High performance computing drives innovation for manufacturers

first_imgNote: This is the second blog in the recent HPC vertical blog series. Visit this blog to read more about HPC in healthcare, and visit Dell4Enterprise again in the coming weeks for more on HPC in oil and gas.Automotive plant using industrial robotics technology. Photo from Wikipedia.Since the Industrial Revolution, manufacturers have worked tirelessly to develop innovative, functional, high-quality products, while eliminating any sliver of inefficiency or unnecessary cost in their processes. Although it’s critical for developing competitive products with exceptional fitness-for-use, the product development process has been scrutinized in recent years for speed, cost and efficiency. As increased competition in most industries has driven the need for more sophisticated products and accelerated development cycles, high-performance computing (HPC) has proven to be critical for virtual product development and testing. With virtual product development and testing powered by HPC, manufacturers are able to develop the best-in-class products without wasted time and resources.With any mass-produced product, design optimization and testing is a critical and time-consuming factor to eliminating defects and ensuring optimal performance. Virtual product development and testing is playing a major role in speeding time-to-market. More powerful computer resources are necessary to facilitate these sophisticated virtual simulations, which are not only faster, but also more accurate and ultimately less expensive than manual alternatives.HPC is clearly a crucial technology for manufacturers wanting to stay competitive, but there are significant barriers to adoption for many companies. According to the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS), out of more than 300,000 manufacturers in the US, 95 percent are categorized as small or medium sized (less than 500 employees) and 94 percent have not fully adopted HPC. Traditionally, these smaller companies have often used multi-core workstations, which are powerful tools for simulation and analysis. However, they are limited by total CPU core count and memory capacity limiting the size and complexity of their simulations. To increase the resolution and complexity of their simulations, while the workstations would be used for model design, pre- and post-processing and visualization, the computationally intensive simulation would be a shared HPC cluster. However, many small manufacturers and engineering shops have not pursued an HPC solution, considering them to be too complex, not having staff familiar with HPC technology, or simply thinking that it’s too expensive.The Dell HPC team has worked hard to provide a market solution that addresses these issues and I’m excited by what we’ve accomplished. The Dell HPC System for Manufacturing is designed to optimize digital manufacturing workloads, and is pre-tested with ISV software applications including SIMULIA®, Abaqus®, ANSYS® Mechanical™ & Fluent®, CD-adapco® STAR-CCM+® and LSTC LS-DYNA®.  It offers a single, simple system that includes compute, storage and networking that doesn’t need a formal, raised floor, data center. This easy to configure system – which includes full installation services and support – handles simulations while the workstation can continue to be used for any processing or visualization in a manner that is comfortable and familiar to engineers. With this system, organizations can run larger problems that are beyond the scope of a single workstation, and interact with jobs on multiple workstations.The goal of our HPC System for Manufacturing is to make HPC accessible and seamless for manufacturers of all sizes, allowing them to develop more competitive products with faster time to market, higher quality, and lower cost. Dell also provides domain-specific, pre-sales and architectural expertise to help organizations determine the right configuration based on their specific manufacturing requirements. Dell’s single source of support for consistent, predictable and reliable IT services helps eliminate deployment and production bottlenecks.Just like manufacturing processes in the Industrial Age, volume and repeatability for HPC is critical to efficiency and mass adoption. We’re continuing our work to make HPC systems easier to manage and exploit, while providing more thorough and accurate ROI calculations that justify expenditures for cost conscious manufacturers. By opening up HPC resources to more and more manufacturers, Dell is helping to enable an unprecedented surge in innovation. We’re proud to play a part in this movement, and I can’t wait to see what amazing products our customers develop over the next few years!For additional information on Dell HPC offerings, visit the following:@DellHPC on TwitterDell HPC Customer Case StudiesDell HPC CommunityDell HPC System for Digital Manufacturing White Paperlast_img read more

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The Great Xscape at Dell EMC World

first_imgIt’s been one week since we debuted The Great Xscape (Steve McQueen would be proud, I’m sure) at Dell EMC World. Now, perhaps you’re asking yourself “just what is an escape room?” It’s a real-life adventure game where teams of players work together to solve a series of puzzles and accomplish a specific objective. But, if you’ll indulge me, I can make it a bit more real for you. Here’s the Las Vegas story…You’ve just left the CPSD booth, and entered a room humming with LEDs. There is a series of buttons to your right. To your left, a half assembled network patch panel. And was that a server cabinet behind you? You begin to think about quickly leaving Las Vegas when the door closes behind you and your team. You’re trapped. A display springs to life.A woman in a white lab coat briefs you. The app your company just launched is a success beyond anyone’s expectations. Hooray right? Well, sort of. She goes on to inform you that the user demand is so great that your infrastructure is about to crash (which will mean very bad things for you and the company). Fortunately, you have in your possession one prototype VxRail node—all you have to do is deploy it in time.A digital display above the screen begins to tick away… 10:00… 9:59… 9:58… The gauntlet has been thrown down. Will you get out in time???Now as cool as this experience was, the cooler part was the experiential learning that took place inside the room. Successfully completing a puzzle triggered the next video setting off another challenge. Woven throughout the videos was all manner of VxRail goodness. Participants learned how to update the software running on a VxRail Appliance with the click of a button, saw VxRail Manager auto detect a new node when it was cabled up to the network, and experienced how easy it is to scale out additional nodes. A little work, a little play–what can I say? That’s just what happens in Vegas.Over 500 attendees put their wits to the test, puzzling their way through The Great Xscape. We designed the escape room to be challenging, and our partners and customers rose to the occasion. Each day’s fastest team won Dell laptops. And even those teams that ran out of time still left with smiles on their faces (and swag in their pockets). What’s that? You’re feeling a bit of fear and loathing because you didn’t have a go at The Great Xscape? Not to worry–just plan to meet me in Las Vegas in August. We’ll be at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino for VMworld with a slew of exciting product announcements and our escape room in tow. In the meantime, we’re going to huddle up with our team of mad scientists–we have 21 ideas for how to make The Great Xscape even better. Viva Las Vegas.last_img read more

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How to Keep Your PC Running at Its Best

first_imgIn addition to these weekly posts highlighting helpful information in our Dell Knowledge Base, my team also holds monthly technical support webinar sessions.In this month’s session — Monday, October 16, 10:00 a.m. (CST) — we’ll discuss how we recommend you keep your system running at its best with a few tips and tricks we’d suggest for both the technical experts out there, and anyone new to Dell laptop or desktop PCs.Direct2Dell is designed to bring you news and stories about Dell people, products, services, partners and customers. Often those customers need support for their Dell products. For that, our Dell Support team continuously updates a library of articles called the Knowledge Base.In an effort to make that information even easier to find when you need it, each Friday I will bring you a list of the most highly reviewed articles with appropriate responses to the latest trends we are seeing in our customer inquiries.With these publications you can stay informed about the latest troubleshooting guides and resolutions across various client system lines.Questions about these issues should be left in our Support Forums where trained staff are available to assist, rather than commenting here on Direct2Dell.You can also contact Dell Customer Service or Dell Technical Support for assistance. And, as always, our @DellCares and @DellCaresPro teams are just a tweet away for help.This week we’ve seen a lot of interest in these topics:Understanding Beep Codes on a Dell Desktop PCTroubleshooting Hard Disk Drive (HDD) and Solid State Drive (SSD)IssuesHow to Upgrade Memory in Your ComputerChange sleep settings or create/modify a power plan in Windows 10How to Troubleshoot Remote Desktop/Terminal Server Connectivity IssuesHow to Configure U2415 Monitor Daisy Chaining on Intel HD GraphicsNo POST, No Power, No Video on a Dell Desktop ComputerDrivers HelpHow to Use and Troubleshoot the Dell Thunderbolt Dock (TB16)Bulletin: Precision 5510 and XPS 9550 swelling system batterylast_img read more

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Dell Technologies On Demand – End-to-End Consumption-Based and As-a-Service Solutions for the On-Demand Economy

first_imgAs I meet with business and IT leaders all over the world, I continually hear they’re looking for new ways to use technology to differentiate their business and gain an advantage. They seek powerful and secure solutions that will satisfy a diverse range of demanding business applications and critical workloads. What’s more, they need to find better ways to drive out inefficiencies and free up time, money and resources to focus on critical strategic initiatives.Yet, many organizations tell us they’re budget-constrained and unable to shift resources away from daily maintenance to new areas of innovation. They don’t have the capital resources and expertise on hand to achieve key milestones.The good news is that there are several consumption-based solutions available today that shift technology spending from a capital expenditure to an ongoing operating expense. And there are as-a-service options that free up human resources to focus on innovation. The not-so-good news is that many of these offerings are often limited in scope, or too rigid and restrictive, and create an inconsistent experience on many levels.So, it’s critical to find the right set of solutions that work – without any of these obstacles.Introducing Dell Technologies On Demand: Get more choice, flexibility, and predictability I’m proud to announce Dell Technologies On Demand, delivering consumption-based and as-as service solutions across our entire industry-leading, end-to-end infrastructure portfolio – the broadest on the planet, bar none. Dell Technologies On Demand covers our full spectrum of offerings – including endpoint solutions for the workforce and infrastructure solutions for the data center, which extend to the cloud and out to remote edge locations. No other company can claim to do all this. And better yet, it’s all supported and available right now.Advantages of Dell Technologies On DemandDell Technologies On Demand delivers a wide range of consumption models that combine flexible payment solutions** and value-added services with integrated full-stack solutions tailored for a vast array of popular business applications and use cases. And it’s all based on our innovative end-to-end portfolio of leading technologies, relied upon by so many organizations, all around the world.This offers our customers freedom of choice in the way they consume technology and budget for IT spending, ultimate flexibility in how workloads are enhanced to meet exact specifications, and peace of mind in the fact that our products are trusted to deliver predictable outcomes.Driving consistency across diverse environments and technologiesDell Technologies On Demand builds on our strategy of driving consistent experiences across multiple operating environments and products, as demonstrated by our announcements earlier in the year on Dell Technologies Cloud and Dell Technologies Unified Workspace, each co-engineered with VMware.With Dell Technologies On Demand, we’re creating a more cohesive economic experience, enabling our customers to apply consistent and predictable payment solutions on our full range of client and infrastructure products and services. This helps our customers simplify budget planning and better manage cash flow, especially when accounting for all IT infrastructure expenditures as a whole.Bringing together all the essential elements to deliver at scale Dell Technologies On Demand is ideally suited for the way on-premises infrastructure and services are consumed in today’s on-demand economy. We’re right on the cusp of a massive spike in growth. Gartner indicates that by 2022, “15% of new deployments of on-premises computing will involve pay-per-use pricing, up from less than 1% in 2019.”1Having been a leader in flexible consumption solutions for ten years, we’re ready for this growth. And we’ve brought together all the essential elements to deliver our consumption-based on-premises solutions at scale.Flexible payment solutionsDell Technologies On Demand features several consumption models that scale to align spending with usage and optimize financial and technological outcomes. These are available via Dell Financial Services** (DFS), a global provider of innovative payment and consumption solutions, and delivered through Dell Technologies and our Global Alliances and Solution Provider partners. These OPEX-structured flexible payment solutions help organizations more predictably budget for IT spending, pay for technology as it is used, take advantage of elastic capacity, and achieve optimal total cost of ownership over the full technology lifecycle.Value-added servicesDell Technologies On Demand offers a wide range of essential services – from support to deployment to managed services – that can be combined in various ways and paired with the right financial consumption models best suited to satisfy our customers’ unique requirements. What’s more, our outcome-oriented consultative approach means we work closely with business and IT leaders to determine the right path forward that best meets both short-term and long-range objectives. As a result, our customers obtain strategic guidance from our industry and technology specialists and gain proven insights that help them align expenses with business value.Integrated full-stack solutionsDell Technologies On Demand delivers optimized workforce and infrastructure solutions with all the advanced capabilities needed to excel under the demands of virtually any application or workload. Our extensive range of technology solutions cover the full infrastructure stack from bottom to top, including compute, storage, networking, and virtualization, in addition to data protection, converged and hyperconverged infrastructure, hybrid/multi-cloud and workforce offerings. This enables technology infrastructure to be optimally configured with the right consumption-based or as-a-service delivery models best suited to satisfy specific usage requirements and growth forecasts.Leading end-to-end portfolioAnd finally, Dell Technologies is recognized as a leading provider of innovative infrastructure and workforce solutions, which is why so many business and IT leaders rely on us as a single-source supplier of end-to-end IT technology solutions and expertise. Our strong leadership position across a broad range of both client and infrastructure offerings demonstrates the extent to which our state-of-the-art products and services are preferred by so many organizations of all sizes, all around the world, to power their strategic initiatives and deliver impactful results.If you’re interested in learning more, please visit DellTechnologies.com/OnDemand.1  Gartner. “How to Use Consumption-Based Procurement Models for On-Premises Infrastructure.” Published: 20 September 2019 ID: G00383390. Analyst(s): Daniel Bowers, Kiyomi Yamada, Rob Schafer, Henrique Cecci).** Payment solutions provided by Dell Financial Services L.L.C. (DFS) or its affiliate or designee, subject to availability and may vary in certain countries. Where available, offers may be changed without notice.last_img read more

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Average US price of gas up 10 cents a gallon to $2.45

first_imgCAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline jumped 10 cents a gallon over the past two weeks to $2.45. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that a rise in crude oil prices since November is behind the increase. The price at the pump is 15 cents less than it was a year ago. The highest average price in the nation is $3.46 a gallon in the San Francisco Bay Area. The lowest average is $2.07 in Houston. The average price of diesel went up 5 cents over the same period to $2.70.last_img

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EXPLAINER: How Taiwan figures in US-China ties under Biden

first_imgTAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — It didn’t take long for relations with China to become an issue for new U.S. President Joe Biden. A show of force by the Chinese air force off Taiwan last weekend prompted a U.S. response, even as Biden and his administration focus on pressing domestic issues in what is still their first week in office. The U.S. State Department issued a statement urging China “to cease its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure against Taiwan” after a dozen Chinese warplanes entered the self-governing island’s air defense identification zone on Saturday. China then sent 16 more planes on Sunday. The Taiwan issue will likely remain a source of friction in U.S.-China relations.last_img

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Trial over moderate Serb leader’s killing opens in Kosovo

first_imgPRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Six Serbs accused of involvement in the murder of a Kosovo Serb political party leader have pleaded not guilty at the start of a much-anticipated trial in a Kosovo court. Oliver Ivanovic, once a hardline nationalist who turned a moderate politician, was gunned down in front of his party office in the Serb-controlled northern part of Mitrovica on January 16, 2018. The killing increased tensions between Kosovo and Serbia. Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008 but Serbia does not recognize its former province’s statehood.last_img

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AP analysis: Federal executions likely a COVID superspreader

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The executions at the end of Donald Trump’s presidency, completed in short windows over a few weeks, likely acted as a superspreader event. That’s according to records reviewed by The Associated Press. It was something health experts had warned could happen when the Justice Department insisted on resuming executions during a pandemic. By the end of 2020, 70% of death row inmates were sick with COVID-19. Guards were ill. Traveling prisons staff on the execution team had the virus. So did media witnesses, who may have unknowingly infected others when they returned home because they were never told about the spreading cases.last_img

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