Industrial Engagement

Modeling & Simulation: The Future of Manufacturing

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From product prototyping to process design, high performance computing can save businesses both time and money, while improving products and streamlining operations. OSC has been a leader in the field of HPC industrial engagement since the Center's creation in 1987. Learn more about how HPC can give your business an economic edge:

Why HPC Matters

AweSim Web Apps

Startup Package

Resources & Services

Case Studies

Why HPC Matters AweSim Web Apps Startup Package Resources & Services Case Studies

Why HPC Matters Why HPC Matters

As industrial designers and engineers have become accustomed to computer-aided design and manufacturing tools, they seek more detail in the simulations and models to improve their designs, which in turn requires investments of more domain-specific knowledge, more specialized software and greater computational resources.

A number of prominent studies indicate that modeling and simulation (M&S) based on high-performance computing is critical to the competiveness of industry. In some estimates, M&S has saved as much as 98 percent when compared to physical testing and has accelerated design cycles by as much as 66 percent. With M&S, companies can take complex systems, simplify them and advance innovation by reducing time and cost for prototyping, while generating new and better products. The outcome is trimmed development expenses and more competitive products, resulting in increasing market share.

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AweSim How AweSim web apps can help!


Many large manufacturers have embraced simulation- driven design, but smaller manufacturers are largely missing out on this competitive advantage because they cannot afford to leverage such solutions.

Under the AweSim program, OSC and its industry partners are together pioneering the field of M&S as a Service – automating the manual prototyping process and creating reusable apps to support affordable and accessible HPC modeling, simulation and analysis for manufacturing. The platform provides the tools needed to rapidly develop customized M&S tools (known as apps), which in turn enable companies to more quickly address emerging customer requirements.


HPC Resources Complete HPC packages for industry

Basic packages start at only $500

OSC industry clients start with an initial startup package that costs just $500 and includes:

  • Annual maintenance fee for initial project
  • $250 credit towards additional services
  • Unlimited basic technical support
  • Up to 500GB of home directory storage per user
  • Outside network connectivity via general Internet connection
  • Access to appropriate software according to licensing restrictions*

*No fees are charged for already-installed, open-source software applications. Customers are responsible for obtaining licenses for any commercial software packages they decide to use, for which OSC does not have existing commercial-usage licenses.

Need additional hours & services?

OSC also provides custom services, including:

  • Advanced technical support
  • Engineering support in a wide variety of computational fields
  • Hosting of export controlled data and codes
  • Long-term rental of dedicated compute nodes
  • Large-scale data storage
  • Priority queue access for computational jobs

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HPC Partners A wide offering of resources and services

Computational Software

OSC maintains more than 30 software applications and 70 different software packages. Industrial clients have the option of utilizing licensed open-source software, providing pointers to their own commercial licenses or working with OSC to obtain short-term commercial licenses.

Web Portals is our “one stop shop” for access to OSC resources. With OnDemand, you can transfer files, submit, and monitor jobs, run GUI applications and connect via SSH, all via a web browser. is a comprehensive portal for managing user accounts, request services, track support issues and view utilization reports. 

Data Storage

OSC offers more than two petabytes (PB) of disk-storage capacity distributed over several file systems, plus almost 2PB of backup tape storage. Storage types include home directories, project directories, local scratch disks and parallel file system.

Standardized Policies & Procedures

OSC has established externally audited policies and procedures based upon industry standards covering aspects, such as acceptable use, data security, business continuity and risk management.

Tutorials & Training

OSC offers periodic training on a variety of topics at both our facility and universities across the state. Additionally, we make available online content designed for self-paced learning and step-by-step guides to accomplish certain tasks on our systems.

Support Desk

The OSC Support Desk provides technical support and consulting services for OSC’s high performance computing resources. Basic and advanced support are available through:



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HPC Partnerships A track record of successful industrial engagement

Injection-Molded Lenses

Greenlight Optics modeled thermal properties involved in producing an injection-molded lens used for collimating LED light.

Prototyping Fan Designs

TotalSim developed an online simulation portal for a provider of advanced airflow management solutions.

Optimizing Fuel Cell Efficiency

TMI developed thermal models of heat exchangers and steam reformers to optimize the efficiency of their AE fuel cell technology platform.

Welding Simulation

Engineering Mechanics Corporation of Columbus adapted their welding design software package to a more accessible manufacturing app.

Product Research

Procter & Gamble are actively applying various systems biology approaches to develop a more comprehensive understanding of how the company’s products affect consumers.

Optimizing Plastic Containers

KLW Plastics and Kinetic Vision worked to improve algorithms used to optimize the amount of plastic used in the manufacture of their containers.

Fuel Cell Modeling

LG Fuel Cell Systems refined software to simulate heat, chemical and flow traits in a fuel cell structure.

Dissipating Thermal Energy

AltaSim Technologies evaluted the thermal behavior of newly developed printed circuit boards designed for use in the process control industry.



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