Enterprise-class HPC in the America's cup, and power at Intel's Research Day

In today's enterprise HPC roundup we look at an exotic use for enterprise-class HPC: designing the America's Cup winner. And Ars Technica does a deep dive on the power research featured at Intel's recent Research Day.

Here’s a collection of highlights, selected totally subjectively, from the recent enterprise HPC news stream as reported at insideHPC.com.

Intel focuses on power innovation at recent technology showcase

Ars Technica has a good piece on Intel’s recent Research Day and the innovations that the chip maker is bringing to power management in its product lines.

So much of what Intel showed at their research day had power as either a primary or a secondary theme that it’s worth taking some time to look at a few of their power-related research projects. I also had some on-background conversations with current and former employees of companies with names you’d recognize, and those chats also had power consumption as a major theme. In short, everyone that I talked to in Silicon Valley is thinking about power in some form or another: how to generate it, how to save it, and how to wring the most out of every watt. So let’s talk power.

It’s a good read.

Swiss team leans on enterprise-class HPC to win America’s cup

Numerical software maker ANSYS announced today that that Alinghi, the winner of the 32nd America’s Cup, was sailing with ANSYS software inside.

Using software from ANSYS, Alinghi performed a series of complex, leading-edge computer-aided engineering (CAE) simulations designed to understand yacht performance down to the smallest details. The racing team utilized ANSYS CFX computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software to evaluate nearly every portion of the boat, including hydrodynamic flow (for the underwater portion of the hull), aerodynamic flow (for the sails) and the stiffness of parts of the vessel (for deck details such as winch placement and pillar shapes).

Fun fact: race leaders are often separated by as little as 30 seconds. So the small stuff counts. I did a little digging to find out what computers Alinghi used, and found this on Swiss HPC integrator DALCO’s site:

Alinghi has enormous supercomputer power, with over 600 processor-cores at their disposal, engineered by the Dallmann brothers, young Swiss entrepreneurs and owners of DALCO. Until recently this power would have ranked among the worlds largest supercomputers.

DALCO’s product line includes Pentiums, Itanium, and Xeon; so it’s safe to assume that whatever Alinghi is using includes Intel’s chips.

The company is a little liberal with the word “enormous,” but good stuff nonetheless.

John West summarizes the HPC news headlines every day at insideHPC.com, and writes on leadership and career issues for technology professionals at InfoWorld. You can contact him at john@insidehpc.com.