Now you can simulate your world for (relatively) cheap in the cloud

Originally posted on Gigaom:

What if high-end simulation software that used to cost up to $100,000 per year now cost a fraction of that and was actually more functional? What types of new products or techniques might arise from the ability to simulate, on the cheap, the flow of water through a system or stress-test new machines? Computer-aided design specialist Autodesk (s adsk) wants to find out, and has taken its simulation software to the cloud in a new offering called Simulation 360.

Autodesk has actually been moving various products and services to the cloud in some form for a few years, but the new product is different, said Grant Rochelle, the company’s senior director of manufacturing industry marketing. Most importantly, it’s cheap. Rochelle said traditional simulation software can cost between $20,000 and $100,000 per user per year, and that’s not to mention the high-performance systems necessary to run it. Many employees who need…

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