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NEW YORK - 01 Aug 2006: At a press conference in New York City today, IBM announced that Red Bull Racing, a division of Red Bull® Energy Drink, has accelerated its Formula One design studio’s computing power with new IBM System x servers based on the AMD Opteron processor. The high performance computing cluster -- which will contain more than $3.5 million in new equipment -- will increase Red Bull Racing’s computing muscle and help the company further improve its race car design and speed car production by a factor of eighty percent.
Red Bull Racing intends to use the new systems specifically for aerodynamic modeling. Aerodynamics is a critical factor in successfully designing a Formula One car, as they must be designed to maximize the ideal amount of downward force while minimizing wind resistance. The IBM solution will help Red Bull Racing quadruple its computing power to design more accurate models for virtual testing before starting costly, physical product development.
“The competitive nature of the racing industry requires us to be on the cutting edge of technology so that we can speed past our competition in car design,” said Nathan Sykes, Computational Fluid Dynamics Manager, Red Bull Racing. “Every second counts – whether it’s in our design labs or on the racetrack. This new state-of-the-art computing platform built on IBM systems now enables us to streamline research and processes associated with simulation testing, and shorten the time it takes to bring our designs to life. IBM was the only vendor that could provide us with a complete solution to advance our business.”
Red Bull Racing’s design models have seen an increase in size by twenty percent in the past year alone. Along with the need for a high performance computing cluster to crunch a growing number of calculations accurately, Red Bull Racing needs to continuously increase the speed in which the calculations are completed to maintain its lead against the competition. With IBM System x powered by the AMD Opteron processor, Red Bull Racing was able to leverage IBM Xcelerated Memory Technology to access data stored in memory more quickly. With IBM’s eXtended I/O, Red Bull Racing will also have the ability to add additional accelerator or graphics cards to the system.
“We are very excited to work with Red Bull Racing and do our part to help advance the world of Formula One,” said James Gargan, vice president, IBM System x. “The power and precision of our systems, coupled with our deep industry expertise makes us a perfect choice for Red Bull Racing as it positions itself as a world leader in Formula One racing.”
Red Bull Racing built-out its existing high performance computing cluster from IBM with Dual-Core AMD Opteron processor-based System x servers. The entire platform is comprised of a mix of System e325m, e326, x3455, x3655, x3755 and Intellistation workstations. IBM System Storage DS4800 with 100 terabytes of capacity and a General Parallel File System (GPFS) were also added to improve data storage and high speed file access to applications executed on multiple nodes of its computing cluster.
“The high performance calculations and optimized software performance enabled by the AMD Opteron processor will help Red Bull Racing meet the incredibly competitive demands of Formula One racing,” said Kevin Knox, vice president, Worldwide Commercial Business, AMD. “IBM System x servers successfully marry AMD’s innovation at the processor level with IBM’s system-level expertise, providing customers who demand the most advanced technology with truly pioneering solutions.”
Nathan Sykes and Steve Nevey of the Red Bulling Racing team join Alex Yost of IBM to discuss the cutting-edge computing that powers a Formula One team.
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