Componentizing Ansys packages#
Componentization is the process of subdividing the functionality of large applications into multiple self-contained services with independent APIs. API creation surrounding existing Ansys products naturally aligns to publishing packages that mimic the full domain and scope of each product. Emphasizing component libraries and services during API exposure sets a new paradigm for Ansys product architecture that inherently breaks apart larger monolithic desktop applications into subsets of functionality, with the expectation of compatibility and reusability across the entire Ansys portfolio.
Many Ansys products already have a scripting solution in place, and wrapping that execution
environment with a
RunScript API endpoint is a low-barrier option to gain access to
remote, programmatic execution. This solution lacks API granularity, as the abstraction is
simply an unvalidated script input and some blob output that must be parsed and evaluated
without a prescribed response definition. The documentation for the scripting environment
still remains deep within the product and each script execution request is hard to organize
and maintain. Thus, there remains a significant cognitive disconnect when consuming this API
abstraction. The lack of API definition within the top-level abstraction also makes data
management difficult and direct compatibility with other PyAnsys libraries challenging.
In addition to API clarity, the underlying product keeps a very large installation
footprint that is a burden in modern, flexible cloud deployments. Avoiding re-architecting
a product in the short-term can give a quick win; but in most cases, it should only be used
as a stopgap solution, providing a window of opportunity to learn more about how the user
prefers to consume the individual functionalities of a product.
Creating well-architected component libraries maximizes product usage with these key benefits:
Reusable shared components
Improved API quality
Package size reduction
Product compatibility and composability
Optimized, on-demand user solutions