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Increase Product Design and Simulation Productivity on Intel® SSDsSolid-state storage technologies applied in solid-state drives (SSD) have rapidly evolved over the last few years, enabling more capacity and much greater reliability. SSDs now appear in a large number of Ultrabook™ and notebook models. They are standard in tablets providing low-power and fast access to data. Demanding users of workstations and desktops often specify them for operating system drives, and they are now commonly installed in enterprise-class servers. But, are SSDs effective in larger system applications, including technical computing, where massive data sets are common and time-to-solution can make or break a company’s competitive advantage?ANSYS, a leader in engineering simulation software, wanted to determine the impact on time-to-solution and productivity provided by SSDs. They benchmarked performance of their various structural mechanics solvers on hard disk drives (HDD) and different Intel® Solid-State Drives (Intel® SSDs) in various system confgurations.ANSYS’ benchmarks showed Intel SSDs deliver a signifcant performance improvement in technical computing workloads over HDDs—up to 7.3X faster time-to-solution and number of jobs completed on average for their structural mechanics solvers. This paper looks at the benchmarks ANSYS completed and the results, showing the advantage of Intel SSDs in technical and high-performance computing (HPC).Read the full Increase Product Design and Simulation Productivity on Intel® SSDs White Paper.
Anand Shimpi leads a roundtable discussion on advances in SSDs and NVMe* architecture.