Microsoft Azure at ALTAIR HPC Summit 2021

Published May 10 2021 09:47 AM 1,205 Views

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Microsoft and Altair have collaborated in multiple areas ranging from EDA optimization, AI in the Cloud, and high-end simulation. Microsoft Azure is participating in the Altair HPC summit on 11th and 12th May 2021- we will be showcasing some of our recent collaborative projects as follows:



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Why you should tune in

Roundtable: AI Takes to the Clouds

Nidhi Chappell, GM Azure Compute

As companies find more ways to deploy AI for real-time predicting and prescribing, the resource requirement for training data-heavy models will yield increased demand for HPC infrastructure in the cloud. Additionally, organizations are exploring the application of AI to HPC, using AI to augment HPC optimization and even automate cloud migration.  

In this panel we speak with chip industry leaders and cloud service providers to get their take on the impact and trends they are seeing from companies who are taking an AI-first approach and how it’s driving the move to the cloud.   


Microsoft Azure: Using I/O Profiling to Migrate and Right-size EDA Workloads in Microsoft Azure 

Michael Requa, Sr. Program Manager, Microsoft 

When one of the largest semiconductor companies asked for help using Azure to run its EDA workloads, Microsoft teamed up with Altair. 

The semiconductor company was running a relatively large design of 100 million transistors. We used Altair Breeze™, an I/O profiling tool, to troubleshoot and tune the company’s workload before and after migrating it to Azure. Breeze revealed I/O patterns that had previously gone unnoticed and showed us how to significantly improve application run time. 

This presentation will outline how Microsoft used Breeze to diagnose I/O patterns, choose the workflow segments best suited for the cloud, and right-size the Azure infrastructure. The result was better performance and lower costs for our customer.



Microsoft, Altair nanoFluidX on Azure’s new NDv4 


Jon Shelley, Principal PM Manager, Microsoft Azure 



 In this session Microsoft will showcase Azure’s new ND A100 v4 VM series running Altair nanoFluidX™. By leveraging Azure’s most powerful and massively scalable AI VM, available on demand from eight to thousands of interconnected Nvidia GPUs across hundreds of VMs, users can scale nanoFluidX to over 100M particles with ease. 



About Altair:

Altair is a global technology company that provides software and cloud solutions in the areas of simulation, high-performance computing (HPC), and artificial intelligence (AI). Altair enables organizations across broad industry segments to compete more effectively in a connected world while creating a more sustainable future


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