Simcenter X released! Unlock productivity gains with the power of cloud simulation

By Alex Graham

In May this year we announced some exciting news about Siemens Xcelerator as a Service – the release of several new “X” offerings including Simcenter X.

(And the “X” means Software as a Service, or SaaS).

Cloud simulation 101: Why Simcenter customers want to move to SaaS

Just like our customers across the Siemens Xcelerator portfolio, many Simcenter customers are excited about adopting cloud computing and see the benefits to their business in several ways:

  • Accelerate simulation workflows, scale up model size and scale out exploration of designs using the power of cloud computing
  • Address changing business needs by instantly ramping up simulation activity or accessing extra “burst” capacity during busy periods
  • Reduce risk of large capital investment in on-premise hardware and expertise by using a turnkey managed service

And it means even more than that for Simcenter

Simcenter is a powerful and broad-reaching portfolio of simulation and test software.

Everything we do seeks to help our customers transform engineering by modeling the complexity of their products and exploring new possibilities, while going faster and staying integrated with the complete digital thread.

Transforming our portfolio into SaaS lets us further all of those ambitions, more quickly.

So what exactly is Simcenter X?

Put simply – Simcenter X is the next generation of Simcenter solutions. We have started by building a powerful cloud computing platform for running our current generation of Simcenter tools. This is now available for Simcenter STAR-CCM+ CFD software.

An accessible, flexible and scalable cloud HPC platform

Simcenter X advances the proven cloud platform that is already available for high performance computing (HPC) and adds the capability to build your CFD models on the cloud. Simcenter X gives you turnkey access to a range of virtual cluster options using pre-configured, optimized AWS infrastructure. It’s as easy as 1-2-3.

A new remote desktop environment for interactive work

With Simcenter X you can not only run demanding simulations but you can also create them from scratch and analyze them with interactive pre- and post-processing with the Simcenter STAR-CCM+ application accessed through a web browser. From the same Simcenter X workspace, you can launch a remote desktop session that transforms any device into an engineering-grade workstation.

Where to find more information

You can learn more by visiting the Simcenter X webpage. Existing customers of Simcenter STAR-CCM+ can access free trial credits – contact your sales representative for more information.

Stay tuned for more!

The Simcenter development team is hard at work on the next instalment of Simcenter X capabilities, so stay tuned for more exciting news in the coming months.

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