ANSYS* Mechanical and More Cores Boost Engineering Productivity

Executive Summary

In an effort to save costs, some engineers run ANSYS* Mechanical on systems with a small number of cores or select an ANSYS* licensing option that restricts ANSYS processing to only two cores. At the same time, the CPU core counts of Intel® Xeon® processors continue to increase in new releases, and the multicore efficiency of ANSYS Mechanical has also continued to advance. These developments now amount to dramatic performance improvements in ANSYS Mechanical, making systems with higher core counts—and a licensing option that takes advantage of those cores—an especially compelling choice that can result in enormous savings in the long run.

Benchmark tests performed on newer systems running ANSYS Mechanical show that Intel Xeon processors using higher core counts can analyze modeled structures many times faster than CPUs using fewer cores can. For benchmark tests requiring nonlinear analysis, a system with 32 cores enabled performed at faster average rates than a system with only two cores enabled. This time saved can lead to productivity gains that translate to significant financial and strategic opportunities—through increased engineering resources and faster releases of engineered products—that are ultimately more important to a business' profitability than any short-term savings resulting from reduced hardware and software investments.