Volkswagen Passenger Cars has been one of the world’s largest car manufacturers for over 70 years. The company delivers more than 6 million automobiles to global customers every year, from 50 production locations on five continents.
More than 1,000 automotive engineers in the Volkswagen Passenger Cars division rely on multiple computer-aided engineering (CAE) applications, running on high-end Linux workstations, for use in crash safety and noise vibration harshness simulations. “Our engineers need computers with strong performance to do their work effectively,” says Gunther Mayer, IT specialist for research and development at Volkswagen Passenger Cars. For example, engineers create large simulations that show the noise created by air flowing over cars. These simulations often contain a terabyte of data. “For many years, supporting simulations that large was only possible sitting in front of high-end graphics workstations in our offices,” says Mayer.
To meet its needs, Volkswagen Passenger Cars implemented NICE DCV, a technology from Amazon Web Services (AWS). NICE DCV is a high-performance remote display solution for securely delivering remote desktops and application streaming from a data center or the cloud to any device. Taking advantage of NICE DCV, the CAE engineers can run 3D CAE software remotely and stream the user interface to client machines, which eliminates the need for dedicated office-based workstations. More than 1,000 Volkswagen automotive engineers are using NICE DCV to remotely access CAE applications running in the company’s on-premises, high-performance computing (HPC) cluster.
Learn more about how Volkswagen was able to reliably and securely stream their 3D CAE applications using NICE DCV here.