CFD Direct is pleased to announce the release of version 8 of CFD Direct From the Cloud™ (CFDDFC®) for Microsoft Azure. Available from the Azure Marketplace, CFDDFC v8 includes OpenFOAM v8, ParaView v5.6.0, OpenMPI v2.1.1 and FreeCAD v0.18.3, running on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. Users can launch pay-as-you-go VMs from the image in minutes and connect via remote desktop or terminal login using SSH. Azure offers a wide range of VM types including the compute-optimised F-series with up to 36 physical cores (F72sv2) and the high performance computing H-series.
Getting Started with CFDDFC on Azure
Microsoft Azure provides pay-as-you-go cloud computing with a broad set of products including compute, data storage, databases, etc. CFD primarily uses secure computing capacity provided by Virtual Machines (VMs) with data storage from Azure Disk Storage. Azure Active Directory and Azure Resource Manager helps manage access to services and Azure Blob Storage can provide longer-term data storage at a lower cost.
Computing with VMs
Azure provides computing resources in the form of virtual servers — the virtual machines, or VMs — which can be used to run CFD. A selection of VM types are available with various combinations of CPU, memory, storage, and networking capacity. The Compute-Optimised (F-series) and High Performance Computing (H-series) VMs are best suited to CFD due to their high performance processors. The F-series VMs use Intel Haswell, Broadwell, Cascade Lake and Skylake (Platinum 8171M) processors, with the Fsv2-series includeing Intel Skylake (Platinum 8168) processors. The H-series VMs include the Intel Haswell E5-2667 processor; the HB-series VMs cluster multiple AMD EPYC processors, with and HBv2 using the EPYC 7002 series.
CFD Direct From the Cloud™
CFD Direct From the Cloud™ (CFDDFC®) provides a fully configured VM Image in the Azure Marketplace to boot VMs running Ubuntu GNU/Linux. The CFDDFC VM images include the latest version of OpenFOAM, with Scotch and OpenMPI for parallel processing.
Steps to run OpenFOAM on Azure
Step 1: Register an Azure Account
and subscribe to CFDDFC — it's free and only takes a few minutes
Step 2: Launch a VM of CFDDFC
using the Azure console and connect to the VM