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In the previous article, I had briefly discussed the three features that would debut with the new user interface. Today, I would like to walk you through the entire job-setup process using the new UI. But before I do that, here’s a list of new features for you to skim over.

  • Job type visualization
    • Every job type on the platform is now visualized and its setup process is divided into multiple steps.
    • You can jump around different steps by clicking one of the icons in the visualized model, and review the summary of your job settings before submission.
  • Core-to-Instance mapping
    • The new hardware settings page provides a visual aid to help users identify the number of cores available for each instance.
  • Improved Transfer Experience
    • The new platform now supports transferring multiple files simultaneously, utilizing your bandwidth as much as possible.
  • Better License Selection Experience
    • You are given a simple set of options to choose from for software licenses, and you can choose the best option for each job.
  • Job sharing with a message
    • You can share your jobs with a customized message.
  • Improved overall experience
    • The entire platform behaves more like a desktop application, with every action followed by a quicker response.

Let’s set up a job by clicking on + New Job on the navigation bar.

newjob

In the previous UI, the requirements for setting up a simulation had not been laid out as clearly, but with the new UI, you’re given a set of specific steps that you must go through.

steps

As you can see, there are three parts for setting up a basic job – Input File(s), Software, and Hardware. There’s also Post Processing as the last step, but as it is indicated in the UI, it is optional. However, it is important to note that a user can navigate through different steps without entering valid information for each one. In other words, you can fill things out in any different order.

steps-viz

To move around, there are three different UI elements that you can use. First, you can use the Next and the Back buttons placed at the bottom of each page. Second, you can use the navigation elements on the right sidebar – clicking either the arrows or the names of the steps will take you to a different step. Lastly, you can navigate through different steps by clicking on one of the icons on job visualization.

transfer

To set up a job, it is recommended that you upload your input files first, even before you select your software. The dropdown menu for selecting an existing file(s) has not changed, but the progress of your transfer is now displayed on the navigation bar. As before, you can select either Basic or Enhanced for transfer methods.

software

In Software Settings page, you should select the software of your choice. In the new UI, you see more software in one page, thereby reducing the need for scrolling, and for each software we’ve included links to the tutorials that could help you set up your job. The command for the software must also be defined here.

hardware

In the new Hardware Settings page, you get a table of available core types so you can compare their specification more easily. Also on the right, you have the visualization for node to core type mapping and the availability of the Low Priority pricing option.

review

Finally on the review page, you get a summary of your setup, and you can decide whether to save or submit your job.

And that’s it! Here’s what the new “Status” page looks like for a submitted LAMMPS job that is executing.

status

First of all, notice that the sidebar menu has been collapsed to provide more space to the content. At the top of the status page is the list of steps that a submitted job has to go through, and there’s also a Gantt chart that shows how long each step takes.

tailing

Under the Gantt chart is the Live Tailing window, which behaves the same way except for its full-screen mode. In the new UI, the full-screen mode actually takes up the entire browser for easier file viewing. The rest of the UI elements should be familiar, as they were taken from the older user interface version.

results

When the job finishes running, the Results page is where you can see your all your output files. As before, you can view smaller files within the browser and download or remove specific files. Or if you’ve run a Design of Experiments (DOE) job, you can plot your data using the Charts page.

support

If you’re having trouble getting the right result or setting up your job, you can share your job with support. You can also add a message to explain your problems so that we may better understand your situation.

I hope this article serves as a good introduction to our new UI, and feel free to reach out to us if you have any comments or questions about our platform.

This article was written by John Park.

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Whether by phone, live chat, or email, Rescale gets called upon daily to respond to critical computational problems from consulting engineers whose services are employed by customers in aerospace, automotive, energy, biological sciences, consumer products, and industrial engineering, among others. Calls come in from engineers and scientists around the globe who are in need of immediate consultation on how to solve their computationally-intensive simulation resource requirements.

Rescale’s engineers quickly and accurately help the consultant configure their compute and software resources to meet time-critical project deadlines. This is an important differentiator for the consultancy—a support capability that is a function of Rescale’s expertise across vertical use cases. What emerges as a result is the ability of a consultancy to carry a reliable cloud simulation solution in its customer-facing services portfolio.

Rescale offers the engineering consultancy practice a critical compute/IT orientation that is closely coupled with its software vendor affiliations. At Rescale, hundreds of CAE applications have been pre-tested and validated as customer-ready through our close working relationships with key software vendors and their customers. The ability to reconcile application and CPU requirements has long been a challenge that small to medium consultancies have previously not had in their tool kit.

Serving the OEM community in automotive, aerospace, and electronic design automation, the highly-skilled consultancy finds at Rescale a team that speaks its language. In fact, many of Rescale’s customers are themselves both developers and publishers of solvers and optimizers that imbed specific efficiencies within the larger ISV workflow. Having the ability to perform complex integrated solutions is a major resource for the consultant. Some consultancies historically have emerged from academia with code born in the computer software labs and then grown into successful companies—managed and staffed by Ph.D-level engineers who understand the problem sets of their focused solutions. Some of these companies are among the elite of CAE ISVs today having grown over the last 20+ years. Mating their expertise with Rescale’s core competencies is a powerful formula for customer success.

To be less generic, over the last four weeks we have worked with over 40 established or emerging developer/consultancies. There is really no established moniker for this category of engineering enterprise – they thrive in the U.S., Korea, Japan, Canada, Germany, The Netherlands, India, South Africa, Mexico, Brazil–the list goes on.  They all share one thing in common, their model sizes, unique customer simulation workloads, and opportunity exceeds dramatically their ability to scale quickly given their local access to compute resources. They and their clientele are among the “under-served”–meaning their needs include expanding the scale for critical modeling and simulation workloads with the clock ticking in hyper-time.  Rescale can instantly addresses demanding customer scalability requirements.

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This article was written by Phil Alexander.