Grid-based, High-end Processing Power
Vanguard's Grid Computing Add-in gives you the ability
to run enterprise-scale simulations by dividing the
simulation task between many computers.
Monte Carlo Simulations
Monte Carlo simulations are, by their very nature,
extremely CPU intensive. They can involve repeatedly
evaluating a model thousands of times. Even for
modestly-sized models, simulation runtimes can become
quite large. Without the Grid Computing Add-in, the
Vanguard System™ can run simulations at about 60
times the speed of similar models in spreadsheets. This
means a simulation that takes an hour in a spreadsheet
will take only one minute in the Vanguard System.
However, the Vanguard System is designed to support
models that are much larger than any spreadsheet can
handle. This support includes keeping simulation runtimes
manageable even while running the largest of models.
Put Supercomputing Power on your Desktop
Each Vanguard user has supercomputer processing power
at his or her disposal. Furthermore, this high-end
processing power is achieved very inexpensively because
the grid can be made up of existing computers, using idle
When you run a simulation using the Grid Computing
Add-in, the system gives you the option of simulating on
your desktop computer or running the simulation on the
Enterprise Grid. The Enterprise Grid can be a cluster of
computers that acts as a dedicated grid. Or, it can be
made up of individual computers on your network that all
assist in performing the simulation. This collection of
individual computers can be spread throughout your
organization, contained in one or more department(s), or
made up of just a few engineers working together. Using
idle CPU time, and running completely in the background,
the Grid Computing Add-in turns each individual computer
into a grid host without disturbing anyone's work.
Upon initiating a grid simulation, the Vanguard System
sends the job to your central Vanguard Server™. The
server then generates a list of all hosts that are online
and divides the job between the hosts based on their
relative processing power. Each host performs a portion
of the simulation and sends its results back to the
server. When the simulation is complete, the Vanguard
Server merges results from all hosts and sends the
results back to your desktop computer.
Use Vanguard's Hosted Grid Service to take
advantage of Grid Computing without the expense
of setting up your own grid.
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