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Primeur weekly 2013-01-21

The Cloud

HP helps service provider ITX Enterprises expand private Cloud service delivery ...

IBM and the Australian Open mark 20 years of serving a winning advantage to tennis fans ...

Ho Chi Minh City University of Information Technology selects IBM PureSystems ...

Oracle delivers Oracle Infrastructure as a Service on Premise with Capacity on Demand ...

Clouds for Savings, Clouds for Quality - Governments leading by example at Cloudscape V ...

EuroFlash

German meteorological service DWD awards $23 million contract to Cray ...

Adaptive Computing to work with Cray to manage computing workloads for the North-German Supercomputing Alliance (HLRN) ...

PRACE Summer of HPC ...

Altair's HyperWorks Partner Alliance expands its scope with the addition of NovaCast Systems to its software line-up ...

Altair releases PBS Professional 12.0, with 40 percent faster scheduling, innovative utilization features and additional plug-ins for execution events ...

Computational methods reveal how hospital-acquired bacteria spread ...

A new dimension in mobile telecommunications ...

Sauber F1 Team fuels chase for podium finishes with NetApp storage foundation ...

Mathematical breakthrough sets out rules for more effective teleportation ...

Bright Cluster Manager speeds Chinese climate change research efforts ...

USFlash

Asia Student Supercomputer Challenge 2013 to issue Call for Participation ...

Chaotic spin vortices could lead to new computer memories ...

2013 IEEE International Conference on Big Data to issue Call for Workshop Proposals ...

Intel and Facebook collaborate on future data centre rack technologies ...

UC Riverside nanotechnologists help launch new national centre devoted to micro-electronics ...

NETL's new supercomputer ranks among the world's Top 100 ...

Notre Dame to be part of $194 million university research centre network ...

Coles Supermarkets revamps data warehouse system with Oracle ...

FAIR Health selects Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle's Sun ZFS storage appliance ...

Oracle's consolidated data warehouse system helps Turkcell accelerate reporting, and save on storage and energy costs ...

Simon Fraser University materials and particle science attract government funding ...

Researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine use TACC supercomputers to simulate the organisation of membrane proteins at the cell surface ...

Sauber F1 Team fuels chase for podium finishes with NetApp storage foundation

15 Jan 2013 Sunnyvale - Formula One (F1) racing is a multibillion-dollar, global sport. Cars fly around the track at speeds of more than 200 mph, and races are often decided by mere milliseconds. So the smallest adjustment to the aerodynamic efficiency of a car can mean the difference between winning or finishing tenth. The Sauber F1 Team understands the importance of information technology (IT) to not only compete but thrive in the ultracompetitive F1. That's why the Sauber F1 Team turned to NetApp as its storage foundation.

F1 is a data-driven sport, since teams rely on real-time information to make enhancements to cars and in-race strategies. Data is one of the Sauber F1 Team's greatest competitive advantages. The team gathers and analyzes data nearly around the clock, either from the cars as they race around the track or from wind tunnel testing and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations at the team's headquarters in Hinwil, Switzerland. The Sauber F1 Team leverages a FlexPod data centre solution, jointly developed by Cisco and NetApp, and a NetApp MetroCluster solution for the reliability, simplicity, efficiency, and high availability required to help fuel the Sauber F1 Team's success.

"Every single team in F1 pushes their cars to the absolute limit, which means the margin for success is razor thin", stated Monisha Kaltenborn, CEO and team principal, Sauber Motorsport AG. "Given the level of resources that other teams have to work with, we know we have to think and act differently if we want to challenge for the F1 world championship. A lot of people think speed and agility only apply to the cars on the track, but in our case it’s imperative for our IT infrastructure as well. NetApp gives us an IT foundation that can keep pace with the intense nature of our sport and help us accelerate innovation within our cars to make the Sauber F1 Team the best it can be."

A behind-the-numbers look at how the Sauber F1 Team leverages NetApp includes:

  • For every lap the car makes, 100 individual sensors on the car produce 20–30MB of data, of which 3-4MB are sent to the FlexPod platform in real time, including information about the tires, engine, temperature, and fuel usage that is then used by the pit team to make immediate decisions about in-race strategies.
  • The FlexPod platform's small form factor allows it to travel around the world to every F1 race, giving the Sauber F1 Team a mobile data centre that can reliably operate in extreme weather conditions.
  • Wind tunnel testing produces 5200MB of data every day while CFD simulations yield more than 10TB of data per year. MetroCluster allows engineers to quickly access this data to make decisions about the car that shave off tenths of a second for the next race.
  • The FlexPod solution has allowed the Sauber F1 Team to reduce their physical footprint and power consumption at the track by 50%.
  • MetroCluster's 99%+ high availability provides the Sauber F1 Team with seamless access to data anytime and anywhere around the world, which is critical to the design, testing, and production processes.
  • The Sauber F1 Team's corporate systems all run on a MetroCluster solution that supports 40 major business and technical applications that annually generate 20TB of new data and growing.

Magnus Frey,head of IT, Sauber Motorsport AG, stated: "NetApp delivers a level of reliability across the board to the Sauber F1 Team that is critical to our team’s success. We have never once experienced a failure with our FlexPod solution or an outage with our MetroCluster solution. If either of these solutions went down for any period of time it would be a catastrophe for us, severely limiting our ability to safely operate the car let alone optimize it for speed. NetApp provides such a key component to our team's success that we look at them not only as a technology partner but as an integral member of our team."

Jay Kidd, chief technology officer, NetApp, stated: "The Sauber F1 Team's ability to harness and analyze incredible amounts of data and quickly turn it into a competitive advantage speaks volumes to the impact the right storage foundation can have. Building on NetApp has helped drive the Sauber F1 Team's success on the track and will continue to enable a level of car design innovation that will make them a strong contender for more podium finishes in the future."
Source: NetApp

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Primeur weekly 2013-01-21

The Cloud

HP helps service provider ITX Enterprises expand private Cloud service delivery ...

IBM and the Australian Open mark 20 years of serving a winning advantage to tennis fans ...

Ho Chi Minh City University of Information Technology selects IBM PureSystems ...

Oracle delivers Oracle Infrastructure as a Service on Premise with Capacity on Demand ...

Clouds for Savings, Clouds for Quality - Governments leading by example at Cloudscape V ...

EuroFlash

German meteorological service DWD awards $23 million contract to Cray ...

Adaptive Computing to work with Cray to manage computing workloads for the North-German Supercomputing Alliance (HLRN) ...

PRACE Summer of HPC ...

Altair's HyperWorks Partner Alliance expands its scope with the addition of NovaCast Systems to its software line-up ...

Altair releases PBS Professional 12.0, with 40 percent faster scheduling, innovative utilization features and additional plug-ins for execution events ...

Computational methods reveal how hospital-acquired bacteria spread ...

A new dimension in mobile telecommunications ...

Sauber F1 Team fuels chase for podium finishes with NetApp storage foundation ...

Mathematical breakthrough sets out rules for more effective teleportation ...

Bright Cluster Manager speeds Chinese climate change research efforts ...

USFlash

Asia Student Supercomputer Challenge 2013 to issue Call for Participation ...

Chaotic spin vortices could lead to new computer memories ...

2013 IEEE International Conference on Big Data to issue Call for Workshop Proposals ...

Intel and Facebook collaborate on future data centre rack technologies ...

UC Riverside nanotechnologists help launch new national centre devoted to micro-electronics ...

NETL's new supercomputer ranks among the world's Top 100 ...

Notre Dame to be part of $194 million university research centre network ...

Coles Supermarkets revamps data warehouse system with Oracle ...

FAIR Health selects Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle's Sun ZFS storage appliance ...

Oracle's consolidated data warehouse system helps Turkcell accelerate reporting, and save on storage and energy costs ...

Simon Fraser University materials and particle science attract government funding ...

Researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine use TACC supercomputers to simulate the organisation of membrane proteins at the cell surface ...