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Skoda picks SGI supercomputer to speed up time to market

Ian Grant

Volkswagen subsidiary Skoda has ordered a 12 teraflops SGI Altix ICE 8200 EX supercomputer with 1,024 processors and more than 20 terabytes of dedicated hard disc capacity to enhance its computer aided engineering capability.

The new system will reduce processing time, speed vehicle development, and improve design efficiency, quality and safety, Skoda said.

The SGI supercomputer will be used primarily for fluid dynamics analysis using Ansys Fluent flow modelling software, and OpenFoam, a free fluid dynamics computation toolkit. For crash analysis it will use ESI Group Pam-Crash software.

The Altix ICE system is based on the Intel Xeon Nehalem architecture. SGI's eco-friendly design will also cut energy use and improve system management efficiency, the firm said.

Head of Skoda's frontloading department Karel Švábek said, "With the SGI Altix ICE installation, we will be able to develop more rapidly innovative vehicles with excellent value-to-price ratios."

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