Arctur prides itself in not being just another HPC infrastructure provider, but rather one which always provides personal support even to users which are not so knowledgeable of HPC, so ensuring that every HPC project achieves or even surpasses user expectations. Their motto is “More than just HPC.” As an SME, they understand the issues that other SMEs face when dealing with HPC.
Stellba is a Germany-based SME working on hydropower plant maintenance, repair and overhaul, engineering and manufacturing one-of-a-kind products for the green energy sector with the goal to optimize energy efficiency.
How HPC makes the difference
This success story is an outcome of CloudFlow project(*). Complex systems consist of components from various domains, such as mechanics, fluidics and control engineering. The interplay of these components should be analysed already during the design phase – long before any prototypes are built – to ensure not only that they work individually as expected but especially that they work together as a system. Systems simulation allows engineers to find optimal solutions in order to ensure functionality and safety for complete multi-domain systems long before they can be tested in real life. Stellba can run simulations on a HPC themselves and is independent from external engineering consultancy services. No simulation software or hardware resources are needed on local computers. Simulations can be started from every device at every point in the world supporting Stellba in its commercial activities around the globe.The main cost benefit of HPC Cloud resources lies in the missing initial costs for hard- and software. The used subscription business model enables Stellba to use Cloud resources on demand. The cost-effective scalable HPC resources in the Cloud provide the possibility to run parameter studies in parallel within a reasonable time frame.
(*)The CloudFlow project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 609029.