In 2011, South Carolina-based BMI Corp. worked with researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to develop a technology that improves the aerodynamics of long haul tractor trailers, thereby boosting fuel efficiency. Two years later, the company and the partnership are still going strong.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/Guus_Dekkers_small.jpg” alt=”” width=”107″ height=”89″ />Designing an aircraft is one of the more expensive endeavors in the manufacturing business. It’s no surprise that large manufacturers like Boeing and Airbus have turned to computing, and especially high performance computing, to streamline the effort. To get a sense of the current state of the art, we asked Guus Dekkers, CIO of EADS and Airbus, to shed some light on the computational challenges involved.
For the first time in 62 years, the four-man Olympics bobsled team from the US captured the gold medal, setting a course world record in the process. The winning bobsled had some state-of-the-art engineering behind it, including CFD software from Exa Corporation. As it turned out, that software may have proved to be the margin of difference in the race.