3D modeling in the cloud

A 3D visualisation solution that streams pixels

Context

A market-leading publisher of 3D-model analysis software was looking to improve and update its offer.
Its clientele is made up of aeronautical design companies with very large 3D models (ex. commercial aeroplanes) that require great performance and low system and network latency.
Their current solution also requires 3D rendering supplied only locally for each user with the purchase and maintenance of heavy workstations for 3D acceleration

The problem

The client wanted to give its users an on-demand Cloud experience, thus reducing costs related to adopting the Cloud.
This implied designing and building a profitable HPC Cloud solution, but, in accordance with this challenge, also producing a whole new, state-of-the-art 3D rendering solution through a large network.

The customer also required the greatest level of compliance for data security. This included securing static information as well as data flows to provide state-of-the-art rendering as part of a global SaaS offer.

Outscale’s solution

Since no Cloud solution existed on the market to meet their demanding and complex needs, the client called on Outscale’s Cloud expertise to design a viable, bespoke solution.

Thanks to advanced scheduling and hardware and software optimisation (at the kernel level) based on products from the best providers on the market such as Cisco, nVidia and NetApp, Outscale built an HPC solution with a low-latency network of 10G.
This solution uses Cisco’s UCS blades equipped with custom SSDs, allowing us to create a public Cloud ready to handle pixel streaming.
By using nVidia K2 GPUs on Cisco’s UCS solution, Outscale’s pixel streaming solution provides rendering shared over the Cloud, for low latencies and optimised costs It removes the client’s obligation of installing very expensive graphics workstations for a single user.

The results

The client is now testing its Outscale hybrid Cloud solution with a group of select customers
The new solution allows for 3D rendering in the Cloud, giving access to models whatever their origin including standard laptops and tablets.
These new use cases allow the customer to increase their footprint in existing clients’ ecosystems, as well as exploring new market opportunities for their line of products, with a simplified sales model and a lower obstacles to purchasing.