In our annual poll of executives in the Analysis & Simulation Software market, we asked our experts about growth in a struggling economy, how software is evolving, strides in high-performance computing, and the increasing use of simulation and analysis at all levels of the development process. Here’s more of what they had to say:

Josh Fredberg, Vice President of Marketing, ANSYS, Inc.

altOne result of the economic downturn is increased corporate scrutiny of software expense. However, we have seen that, in most cases, firms that rely on innovation for survival have continued or increased their level of investment in engineering simulation software.

Robust design optimization is quite straightforward and appears as the next “Holy Grail” for simulation. Companies want to make their products or processes insensitive to any variation of parameters, be it material properties, dimensions, operating conditions, or even the environment in which the product operates. This can be achieved by digitally optimizing the solution, taking into account any possible probabilistic or accidental variation.

Dr. Deryl Snyder, Director, Aerospace & Defense Business Sector,


altThe number and complexity of simulations is increasing rapidly, necessitating efficient organization and accessibility to models and results. We integrate our analysis product into all the major CAD packages, resulting in embedded solutions that allow the analyses to be built and stored within the user’s existing PLM system.

A factor to consider is the rapidly expanding demographic of early-career engineers. These engineers are questioning the “always done this way” mentality, and most are familiar with commercial analysis tools embedded in their university curriculum. This generation of engineers has new ways of thinking, working, and communicating.

Svante Littmarck, President & CEO, COMSOL Inc.

altFor our customers, the way multiphysics simulation is used continues to evolve (with economic conditions just one of many factors). Connecting our solution with other engineering tools is critical. This can range from spreadsheets, to mechanical CAD, to technical computing environments, to presentation and reporting tools.

What we’re seeing in terms of hardware is the development of standard solutions. As an industry, we’re getting there, but there are still a lot of changes taking place to the architecture of clusters. We remain committed to HPC, and we support our customers in this area by supporting the industry-leading HPC platforms, while using the best distributed computing software for our computations.

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