Higher Simulation Performance for Deeper Insights and Shorter Design Cycles

The Intel® Xeon® Gold 6148 processor1 (two sockets) and the Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8180 processor2 (four sockets) boost performance for INTES PERMAS* by up to 1.4X versus prior-generation processors.

PERMAS by INTES is an advanced Finite Element software system that offers a complete range of physical models at high performance, quality, and reliability. It plays a mission-critical role in the design process at customers from automotive, ship design, aerospace, and more.

Hardware at-a-glance: Intel® Xeon® Gold 6148 processor, Intel® Solid State Drive DC P3600 Series with PCIe* NVMe* 3.0 Interface

Platform features: Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 512 (Intel® AVX-512)

Software tools/libraries: Intel® Composer for Fortran, Intel® Math Kernel Library

Hardware at-a-glance: Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8180 processor, Intel® Solid State Drive DC P3600 Series with PCIe* NVMe* 3.0 Interface

Platform features: Intel® AVX-512

Software tools/libraries: Intel® Composer for Fortran, Intel® Math Kernel Library

Engineering teams in the automotive, ship design, aerospace, and other industries use INTES PERMAS* for some of their most complex and mission-critical engineering simulations. With new Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, these teams can achieve major gains in PERMAS performance to accelerate their development cycles and to extract deeper insight through finer-grained physical analysis and larger models.

A Leap Forward in Compute Power
Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors offer more cores and higher memory bandwidth than the prior-generation Intel® Xeon® processors. These processors also include Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 512 (Intel® AVX-512), which doubles the number of floating-point operations that can be performed in a single clock cycle versus Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 2 (Intel® AVX2).

INTES and Intel worked together to optimize INTES PERMAS V16 for these and other new hardware features, using Intel® software tools and libraries to help maximize the performance benefits.

Faster Simulations at Each Scale
To verify the performance benefits, INTES ran benchmark tests on both two-socket and four-socket servers using a 19-million node engine model that includes nonlinear contacts and gaskets. The results showed:

  • Up to 1.44X higher performance for two-socket servers1 using the Intel® Xeon® Gold 6148 processor versus the prior-generation Intel® Xeon® processor E5 2697 v4. Additional tests showed that up to 17 percent of these gains could be attributed to the use of Intel® AVX-512 versus Intel AVX2.
  • Up to 1.42X higher performance for four-socket servers2 using the Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8180 processor versus the prior-generation Intel® Xeon® processor E7-8890 v4.

Fast Data Access with Intel® SSDs
Intel® Solid State Drive Data Center P3600 Series (Intel® SSD DC P3600 Series) drives were used in all but one test configuration to provide the high-capacity, low-latency data access needed to fully test the processors. The exception was a four-socket test using the Intel® Xeon® processor E7-8890 v4. In this case, the server was configured with 4 TB of DRAM memory, so all test data was held in main memory.

“Our performance optimizations of PERMAS, together with the increase of processing power over three generations of Intel® processors and Intel NVMe SSDs, help our customers reduce their development times even as they increase the complexity of their analyses.”

– Hartmut Manz, Manager, PERMAS User Support, INTES

Product and Performance Information

1

Testing conducted on INTES PERMAS*, May 2017.

Baseline configuration: 2-socket Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2697 v3 (2.6 GHz, 14 cores), 256 GB memory (8 x 32 GB @ 2400 MT/s, DDR4 LRDIMM), 4x Intel® SSD DC P3600 Series 1.6 TB, CentOS* Linux* 6.6, Intel® Composer 2015.2.164, INTES PERMAS* V15.10.10.

Next-generation configuration: 2-socket Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2697 v4 (2.3 GHz, 18 cores), 256 GB memory (8 x 32 GB @ 2400 MT/s, DDR4 LRDIMM), 4x Intel® SSD DC P3600 2 TB. CentOS* Linux* release 7.2. Intel Composer 2015.5.223. INTES PERMAS* V16.00.

New configuration: Intel® Xeon® Gold processor 6148 (2.4 GHz, 20 cores), 384 GB memory (12 x 32 GB @ 2400 MT/s, DDR4 LRDIMM), 3x Intel® SSD DC P3600 Series 2 TB, CentOS* Linux* release 7.3. Intel® Composer 2015.7.235. INTES PERMAS* V16.00.

2

Testing conducted on INTES PERMAS*, May 2017.

Baseline configuration: 4-socket Intel® Xeon® processor E7-8890 v3 (2.5 GHz, 18 cores), 256 GB memory (16 x 16 GB @ 1333 MT/s, DDR3), 4x Samsung 840pro* 512 GB and 6x Seagate ST3300657SS*, CentOS* Linux* 7.1, Intel® Composer 2015.2.164, INTES PERMAS* V15.10.12.

Next-generation configuration: 4-socket Intel® Xeon® processor E7-8890 v4 (2.2 GHz, 24 cores), 256 GB memory (16 x 16 GB @ 1333 MT/s, DDR3), 4x Intel® SSD DC P3600 Series 1.6 TB, CentOS* Linux* 7.2, Intel® Composer 2015.5.223, INTES PERMAS* V15.99.015. In-memory configuration: 4-socket Intel® Xeon® processor E7-8890 v4 (2.2 GHz, 24 cores), 4096 GB memory (32 x 128 GB @ 1867 MT/s, DDR4), CentOS* Linux* 7.2, Intel® Composer 2015.7.235, INTES PERMAS* V16.00.223.

New configuration: 4-socket Intel® Xeon® processor Platinum 8180 (2.5 GHz, 28 cores), 768 GB memory (24 x 32 GB @ 2400 MT/s, DDR4 LRDIMM), 4x Intel® SSD DC P3600 Series 1.6 TB, CentOS* Linux* release 7.3, Intel® Parallel Studio 2017.2.174, INTES PERMAS* V16.00.302.