- Engineering Workflow Automation
- Design Space Exploration
Optimus Engineering Process Integration offers the unique capability to automate the engineering process by formalizing the related workflow. Typically, engineers sketch the workflow using Optimus’ graphic process integration editor – connecting commercial, legacy and in-house simulation tools and data models. This is also where engineers define design parameter ranges as well as design objectives and constraints.
A formalized engineering workflow allows Optimus to act as a simulation robot that automates and orchestrates engineering processes in a transparent way without any user intervention. Internally, Optimus takes the necessary steps to parameterize the workflow and automate the required design variable substitutions within the defined parameter ranges.
When executing an engineering campaign, the Optimus simulation robot frees users from repetitive manual model changes, data processing and performance evaluation tasks. This allows similar procedures to be repeated automatically, hundreds or even thousands of times - enabling the use of fine-grained parallelization capabilities.
TNO engineers sketched their workflow in the Optimus’ graphic process integration editor – connecting available engineering software tools and data models into a formal simulation workflow.
Many benefits of an Optimus deployment stem from the unique capability to systematically capture engineering know-how. In doing so, manufacturing companies and engineering service providers build up an information base of best practices. That eliminates the need for engineers to re-create engineering workflows on their own each time from scratch.
This structured approach enables companies to standardize on superior development processes across the entire enterprise, and consolidate their intellectual assets.
Engineering campaigns powered by Optimus take maximum advantage of the available computing resources by distributing simulation jobs in parallel. Thanks to the integration with Resource Management Systems, Optimus allows virtual prototyping simulations to be submitted to and balanced over the available computation resources in a heterogeneous IT infrastructure – without any user intervention. Simulation campaigns are fully parallelized, resulting in a significant reduction of total elapsed time.
Making more effective use of the available software and hardware infrastructure increases the number of virtual prototyping simulations that can be completed within the available development time window.
For a high-end manufacturer of in-car electronics, Optimus reduced simulation preparation, execution and reporting from 8 to 3 days, resulting in a 166% time gain.