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.”

In contrast, the four-socket server with the new Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8180 processor was configured with only 768 GB of DRAM memory, so most of its test data was stored in its four 1.6 TB Intel® SSD DC P3600 Series drives. Despite its smaller memory footprint, the newer server delivered 1.42X the performance of the DRAM-only solution.2 These results show that the latest Intel® Xeon® processors and Intel® SSDs offer major performance benefits, even when compared with a fully in-memory solution based on previous-generation processors.

Take the Next Step
With INTES PERMAS V16, Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, and Intel SSD DC P3600 Series drives, design teams in many of the world’s most demanding industries can accelerate their development cycles, even as they continue to increase the size and complexity of their FE simulations.

Product and Performance Information

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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.