San Francisco, CA – Rescale and VR&D are announcing a strategic partnership to provide users of VR&D’s design optimization software suite the ability to run their analyses in the cloud using Rescale’s end-to-end, web-based platform.

“VR&D is a globally recognized leader in design optimization technologies. As a technology partner, we look forward to helping their users unleash the full potential of VR&D’s powerful software by running their optimizations and finite element analyses on Rescale,” said Rescale CEO Joris Poort.

Rescale provides a comprehensive suite of features – on-demand access to high-performance computing, full integration with simulation and design optimization tools such as VR&D GENESIS, and an intuitive user interface, all delivered through any web browser. In addition, Rescale also adheres to the highest industry standards for security at every level of the Rescale experience; engineers can transfer, manage and store data with the utmost confidence. Interested customers can approach Rescale directly for more information on running pilot projects with on-demand pricing.

Juan-Pablo Leiva, President and COO of VR&D, explained, “Rescale has already completed successful commercial projects for very sophisticated customers using VR&D software. We are impressed with their business model and their technical capabilities. Through this partnership, we are giving our customers easy access to the on-demand computing capabilities of Rescale, which is a win-win situation.”

For more information about Rescale, VR&D, and GENESIS:

Rescale: http://www.rescale.com/
VR&D: http://www.vrand.com/
VR&D GENESIS: http://www.vrand.com/Genesis.html

About Rescale:
Rescale provides a secure, pay-per-use, web-based platform that helps engineers and scientists build, compute, and analyze large simulations on demand. Incorporated in 2011, Rescale is located in San Francisco, CA and works with customers in the aerospace, automotive, oil & gas, and life sciences industries.

About VR&D:
Vanderplaats Research & Development, Inc., (VR&D) was founded by Dr. Garret N. Vanderplaats in 1984 for the advancement of numerical optimization in industry. VR&D software enables engineers and scientists to efficiently analyze, design and improve structures and processes. It is used by automotive, aerospace and energy companies and academic institutions around the world. In addition, VR&D offers engineering services to assist clients with their optimization tasks. For more information, visit http://www.vrand.com/.

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One of the first questions I get from every prospective Rescale customer is about security in the cloud, and rightfully so. Data security in the cloud is a big deal. Our customers work with highly technical, highly proprietary data. At Rescale, protecting the confidentiality and security of customer data at all times is our highest priority.

On the topic of cloud security, there is a lot of information available. Unfortunately, most of it is noise, and this makes it very difficult for someone new to the cloud to understand what matters. At Rescale, we cut through the noise and focus on what our customers need. Regardless of what they ultimately choose to do, here are some questions that every consumer of cloud-based simulation needs to ask.

1. How is my data protected – at every point of the process?

Only with Rescale does customer data stay encrypted at every step of the process. We use a variety of encryption methods, including high-grade SSL during transfer and 256-bit AES when data is at rest. In addition, all simulations on Rescale run in clusters with kernel-encrypted hard drives.

2. Can I keep / delete my data as needed, whenever I want to?

Rescale allows customers to store data in the cloud for however long they desire. At any time, customers can choose to permanently remove any or all of their data from the cloud.

3. Do you have SSAE16 / SOC 2 certification? How do you maintain compliance?

Rescale works with external auditors regularly to maintain its SOC 2 (formerly SSAE16) certification. Detailed policies and procedures ensure compliance from every employee throughout the Rescale organization. In addition, we conduct regular all-employee security awareness reviews, and ensure that every new employee is aware of our security procedures from Day 1.

4. We handle export-controlled data. Are you ITAR-compliant?

Yes. Rescale is ITAR-compliant, and we are registered with the U.S. Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. Currently, we have customers from the aerospace and defense industries where this is a critical requirement.

5. What type of administrative controls can we establish for our company’s users on your system?

At Rescale, we know that every customer has unique needs, and we strive to meet all of them. Administrators can configure permissions and privileges at the organizational, departmental, or even the user level. This includes policies for user access and activity, file transfer, file storage and deletion.

6. Can our IT department audit your security policies and procedures?

Yes. We have worked with IT departments from our current customers to ensure that we meet all of their security and compliance needs, and we welcome the opportunity to work with yours. This list is only the beginning of the security conversation. At Rescale, we work hard every day to maintain our leadership in cloud simulation security. We want to talk about security, and we want our customers to be very knowledgeable on this important topic. To learn more, visit our security page or contact us at security@rescale.com.

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Rescale (www.rescale.com), through the Rescale University Program (ReUP), has established an engineering and science research grant competition, available to researchers (faculty, staff, and students) at academic institutions across the world. The grants will be awarded in the form of credits towards Rescale’s cloud simulation platform, allowing recipients to conduct compute-heavy analyses much faster than with current systems. Grant amounts are as follows:

First Place $ 2,000 in Rescale credits
Second Place $ 1,000 in Rescale credits
Third Place $ 500 in Rescale credits
All other applicants $ 50 in Rescale credits

The grants will be delivered up-front, in one installment, and are to be used within one semester. As a result, all credits will be awarded on September 16, 2013 and expire on January 17, 2014.


The grant is available to individual researchers, as well as research groups, at accredited universities and research institutions across the world.


In order to be eligible for the research grant, each applicant must submit a short research proposal (not to exceed 500 words) for consideration. The proposal must (1) outline the engineering or scientific problem to be solved, (2) detail how the applicant plans to use Rescale, and (3) state what type of simulation software will be used. Proposals are due by September 9 at 5PM PST, and should be sent to reup@rescale.com. Late submissions will not be considered. All winners will be announced on Monday, September 16, 2013.

Once the research had been completed, grant recipients will be required to submit a short case study (between 600 to 1,000 words) for publication by Rescale on the results of their research, including how the research benefited from use of Rescale’s platform.


The timeline for the entire process is as follows:

  1. August 7, 2013: Program launch
  2. September 9, 2013: Research proposal submission deadline
  3. September 16, 2013: Winners announced and projects begin
  4. January 17, 2014: Final case study papers due

More Information

For an example on how researchers are using Rescale, please visit blog.rescale.com/rescale-biotech-case-study/
To find a complete list of the software packages we currently provide, please visit www.rescale.com/tools
If you have any questions about the grant application process, email us at reup@rescale.com

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Project collaboration can be very time-consuming, and it’s often a difficult task to distribute assignments to colleagues. When engineers and scientists spend their time collecting and sharing files back and forth, it reduces the time they could spend on product development. This can disrupt project deadlines and lead to less than optimal designs.

Sharing analyses and projects should be simple and efficient. At Rescale, we have been working hard to make this a reality and are proud to announce our Share feature. Sharing enables our customers to give colleagues secure access to any and all simulation data instantly.

When users share jobs with colleagues, the entire simulation is copied to the new user. This includes software selection, hardware configuration, process variables, analysis commands, and processing scripts. All original simulation files are also transferred, adding convenience for the new user.

The Share button automatically appears on the user’s individual job page after a simulation has been saved or run. Users can select the Share feature and enter the email address of the user or users with whom they would like to share their simulation. Users are then notified when the job is successfully shared and the simulation automatically appears in the new user’s account.

New users receive read-only access to the shared simulation, meaning they can view results and download data generated by the original job. If the new user would like to edit or rerun the simulation, they must clone the job. The Clone feature (Introducing Cloning on Rescale) duplicates the entire simulation, allowing the new user to edit and rerun the analysis.

The sharing feature is designed to make the simulation experience more convenient while still maintaining the highest level of security. IT administrators have the ability to grant or deny sharing access to Rescale users at their companies. In addition, they can also monitor the usage of the Sharing feature within any part of their organizations.

The Share feature is a recent addition to Rescale’s platform, and integrated as a method to expediting collaboration between users. Now Rescale users can readily analyze and revise colleagues’ simulations entirely in the cloud.

Here is a video of sharing in action. Share away!

For more videos on other Rescale features, check out Rescale Resources.

This article was written by Ilea Graedel.