Nor-Tech Offers Cutting-Edge Demo Cluster for CAE, CFD, FEA

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Nor-Tech’s HPCs for CAE

The cluster is designed to demonstrate the benefits of transitioning CAE applications from workstations to high performance computer clusters. This is a no-cost, no-strings opportunity.

Nor-Tech president and CEO David Bollig said, “Our Demo Cluster is designed for organizations that ultimately need something beyond a workstation. Clients who have made the transition typically see significant improvement in run times; better resolution; better utilization of their engineering staff; and shorter time to market. It’s a great way for engineers to demonstrate return-on-investment for management.”

To take advantage of the Demo Cluster, the first step is to contact Nor-Tech for a discussion on needs and expectations. Then they will schedule the client into a queue. Nor-Tech will reconfigure the hardware and software environment for the client and then provide access to the Demo Cluster. The client will run the software under Nor-Tech’s supervision during the agreed upon timeframe, which could be hours or days. In circumstances where there is sensitive information involved, Nor-Tech will typically sign an NDA.


David Bollig, president and CEO of Nor-Tech

“Our Demo Cluster is an excellent resource for companies that may have recently hired someone with supercomputing skills, but they have nothing to run jobs on,” Bollig said. “However, it’s also a good way for people to see just how easy our HPCs are to use. If you can use a desktop, you can use one of our HPCs – this sets our solutions apart from competitors.”

For more information on Nor-Tech and the Demo Cluster—including a contact form, visit: Or call 952-808-1000/toll free: 877-808-1010. Watch a new video produced by Nor-Tech and Dassault about the benefits of transitioning from a workstation to a cluster.

Simulations run on the latest Intel Xeon CPU and accelerators like the Intel Xeon Phi and NVIDIA GPUs. Nor-Tech’s engineers will configure the Demo Cluster to run a range of CAE simulation applications/utilities including:


  •     ANSYS: ANSYS Fluent – CFD,
  •     ANSYS: Mechanical – FEA,
  •     ANSYS: CFX – CFD
  •     LS-DYNA – FEA,
  •     Altair: PBS Pro – Resource Management & Scheduler,
  •     Altair: Hyperworks – Suite of CAE software
  •     CEI Software: Ensight
  •     Convergent Science: Converge CFD – Meshless CFD
  •     Cradle-CDF: scSTREAM, scTetra
  •     Dassault Systemes – Simulia: Abaqus – FEA
  •     Lumerical: FDTD Solutions – Photonic Design Tools
  •     MSC Software: Marc Nonlinear – FEA
  •     Moldex3D: eDesign – Plastic Injection Molding Simulation
  •     COMSOL: COMSOL Multiphysics

Cluster Utilities

  •     Rocks Cluster Management Suite
  •     NICE: DCV Remote Visualization
  •     NICE: EnginFrame GUI for Job Scheduler & Resource Mgr
  •     Ganglia
  •     IPMI management
  •     OGS/GE based on (Sun Grid Engine), Torque
  •     Bright Cluster Manager
  •     Windows Server 2012/HPC
  •     Intel: Compilers & Libraries

About Nor-Tech

Winner of Microsoft’s prestigious Most Valuable System Builder Partner award, Nor-Tech (Northern Computer Technologies/computer solutions) is an industry-leading technology builder and reseller best known for providing turnkey, people-friendly high performance computing (HPC) solutions and Ansys HPC integration. In addition to HPCs, their custom technology includes workstations, desktops, and servers for a range of sectors including CAE and CAD. Nor-Tech’s engineers average 20+ years of experience. They have been in business since 1998 and are headquartered in Burnsville, MN just outside of Minneapolis. Clients include some of the largest organizations in the world.

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