MSC.Software has released a Linux-based simulation tool which it claims can boost the performance of PCs to supercomputer levels.
MSC.Nastran DMP (distributed memory parallel) is aimed at manufacturing companies that want to simulate how products or product parts work without having to build a prototype.
MSC claims the tool can speed up the time it takes to carry out this simulation by up to 20 times - like simulations on supercomputers - by distributing the workload across multiple PCs running simultaneously.
An unlimited number of PCs can be linked through Linux but eight is the most common configuration, said a MSC spokesman. "However, 64 nodes is where the law of diminishing returns sets in."
Frank Perna, chairman and chief executive of MSC, said: "Distributing large simulation tasks among many PC computers delivers major cost benefits against other options. Increasing the amount of simulation enables engineers to do more design iterations in less time, directly increasing business impact by decreasing time to market, and reducing production and warranty costs."
MSC provides simulation software based on a variety of operating systems. Its flagship product, the structural analysis program MSC.Nastran, is used in the automotive and aerospace industries. The company is also making inroads in the medical industry by simulating human anatomy.
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