Autodesk Cloud Offering To Slash Simulation Cost, Startups Rejoice

Autodesk Cloud Offering To Slash Simulation Cost, Startups Rejoice

In a move aimed to strengthen its cloud computing solution product line, Autodesk has recently revealed the latest in its cloud based simulation offerings. Called the Autodesk Simulation 360, the tool set provides a diverse suite of online core-engineering analysis software based on a pay-as-you-go billing mechanism.

The product mounts on top of prior cloud initiatives like the Autodesk PLM 360, a collection of collaborative cloud based subroutines for quality enhancement, product introduction, conformity management and expense control. Other significant players belonging to Autodesk’s cloud computing arsenal are Project Cumulus and Project Centaur custom tailored for features as extensive as plastics simulation and conventional design optimization respectively, all executed via the Autodesk Labs site.

Autodesk Simulation 360 makes the most out of the inexhaustible computational power punch that cloud computing inherently packs. Offering the said via a single mouse click from within the Autodesk 3D design tool stack integrated development environment, the incorporated cloud computing feature aims to spearhead sophisticated design and testing scenarios at full throttle. Achieving the same feat without the cloud would have required unmatched dexteriority at dedicated simulation tools that are clearly beyond the reach of even established design ventures (over-expensive and difficult to obtain), let alone design startups and enthusiasts.

Deploying Simulation 360 means the utterly burdensome and resource hungry computing being performed up in the cloud, liberating the user work station of the severe number crunching task and enabling parallel accelerated design activities to take place. Simulation 360 adaption also translates to the alleviation of the utterly expensive requirement of having an in-house server farm to perform the relevant simulations – a requirement that usually arises only at the late evaluation stage within a design cycle and usually not in between.

Scott Reese, VP at Autodesk cloud platform simulation and design division, boasted “There has never been a model where the software is affordable for the masses or where you never have to worry about what hardware you have to handle complex models. With Simulation 360, you don’t use much, you don’t pay much.”

Simulation 360 empowers small design ventures to contend with government agencies defence contractors and established design studios – all bearing multi-million (or should I say billion) dollar budget heads.

The software solution was acclaimed by Dmitry Tseliakhovich, CTO at Escape Dynamics, startup striving to bring down the mammoth costs associated with deep space exploration. “Building rockets is hard; simulation lets us simulate thousands of geometries and reject 99 percent of them before we come up with just the right technology without spending money on physical prototyping. This opens doors and democratizes the space market for us” explained Tseliakhovich.

To let you in on the associated savings – studded with mechanical and computational fluid dynamics capabilities, a single-user unlimited-jobs usage license costs about $ 7,200 annually. Now that’s only a minute fraction of the one-time cost for establishment and on-going expenses for operation of a dedicated server farm.

Cloud computing is bound to be a game changer for the computer aided design and simulation industry, and the best part of this all is end-users and small ventures being benefitted at large in the form of utterly significant price cuts.

By Humayun Shahid

About Humayun

With degrees in Communication Systems Engineering and Signal Processing, Humayun currently works as a lecturer at Pakistan's leading engineering university. The author has an inclination towards incorporating quality user experience design in smartphone and web applications.

View All Articles

Sorry, comments are closed for this post.

Cloud Computing – The Game Changer

Cloud Computing – The Game Changer

Global Cloud Index In October, Cisco released its Global Cloud Index (GCI) report for 2014-2019, projecting a near 3-fold growth of global data center traffic, with predictions that this traffic will reach 8.6 zettabytes (cloud data center traffic) and 10.4 zettabytes (total data center traffic) per year in 2019 and 80% of it will come…

Cloud Computing Services Perfect For Your Startup

Cloud Computing Services Perfect For Your Startup

Cloud Computing Services Chances are if you’re working for a startup or smaller company, you don’t have a robust IT department. You’d be lucky to even have a couple IT specialists. It’s not that smaller companies are ignoring the value and importance of IT, but with limited resources, they can’t afford to focus on anything…

10 Trending US Cities For Tech Jobs And Startups

10 Trending US Cities For Tech Jobs And Startups

10 Trending US Cities For Tech Jobs And Startups Traditionally actors headed for Hollywood while techies made a beeline for Silicon Valley. But times are changing, and with technological job opportunities expanding (Infographic), new hotspots are emerging that offer fantastic opportunities for tech jobs and startup companies in the industry. ZipRecruiter, an online recruitment and job…

The Industries That The Cloud Will Change The Most

The Industries That The Cloud Will Change The Most

The Industries That The Cloud Will Change The Most Cloud computing is rapidly revolutionizing the way we do business. Instead of being a blurry buzzword, it has become a facet of everyday life. Most people may not quite understand how the cloud works, but electricity is quite difficult to fathom as well. Anyway, regardless of…

How Your Startup Can Benefit From Cloud Computing And Growth Hacking

How Your Startup Can Benefit From Cloud Computing And Growth Hacking

Ambitious Startups An oft-quoted statistic, 50% of new businesses fail within five years. And the culling of startups is even more dramatic, with an estimated nine out of ten folding. But to quote Steve Jobs, “I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” So while…

Fintech Investments Are Seeing Consistent Growth

Fintech Investments Are Seeing Consistent Growth

The Financial Services Cloud Fintech investment has been seeing consistent growth in 2015, with some large moves being made this year. The infographic (Courtesy of Venturescanner) below shows the top Fintech investors and the amount of companies they’re currently funding: Just this week, a financial data startup known as Orchard Platform raised $30 million in…

Cloud Computing Myths That SMBs Should Know

Cloud Computing Myths That SMBs Should Know

Cloud Computing and SMBs Cloud Computing is the hottest issue among IT intellects of Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs). Like any other computer-orientated technology, Cloud Computing has some misconceptions and myths that often kick-start arguments among the two opposing groups: Cloud Supporters and Cloud Opponents. Both of these groups have their own ideology and reasons…

Consequences Of Combining Off Premise Cloud Storage and Corporate Data

Consequences Of Combining Off Premise Cloud Storage and Corporate Data

Off Premise Corporate Data Storage Cloud storage is a broad term. It can encompass anything from on premise solutions, to file storage, disaster recovery and off premise options. To narrow the scope, I’ve dedicated the focus of today’s discussion to the more popular cloud storage services—such as Dropbox, Box, OneDrive—which are also known as hosted,…

5 Predictions For Education Technology

5 Predictions For Education Technology

Education Technology Although technology has fast influenced most sectors of our world, education is an area that’s lagged behind. Many classrooms still employ the one-to-many lecturing model wherein the average student is catered for while a few are left behind, and others bored. Recently, there’s been a drive to uncover how to use technology successfully…