Being subject to the rigorous emissions standards and safety legislation that defines today's automotive industry, the company's R&D department requires extremely high performance and scalable computing systems to perform complex product performance and safety analysis. To meet these technical and compliance requirements, Skoda has selected over 2,300 processor cores SGI ICE X clustered computing system and two SGI UV 2000 shared memory supercomputers with another thousand processor cores and 8TB of memory in total.
This SGI installation will be used primarily for computational fluid dynamics analysis using ANSYS FLUENT simulation software and OpenFOAM CFD software and for crash analysis using ESI Group PAM-CRASH software. The new systems provides Skoda with theoretical processing power over 70 teraflops, allowing engineers to reduce processing time, improve design efficiency, quality and safety, speed up the development process and make it even more cost effective. While the majority of standardized computational tasks in the Skoda production workflow are running on clusters, the UV2 shared memory nodes are used especially for parts of computing work flow that demand large memory. In this manner, Skoda engineers have an extremely versatile and balanced IT infrastructure to handle their wide array of computing tasks.
"Product quality and safety together with advantageous pricing for our customers, is our utmost priority", stated Petr Resl, head of Process & System Integration - Product Process. "With new SGI computing power we will be able to rapidly develop more innovative vehicles with excellent value-to-price ratios."
Skoda's new SGI ICE X cluster system and SGI UV 2000 shared memory supercomputer resources, based on the Intel Xeon processor E5 family, enables Skoda to achieve higher resolution simulation and modelling, and run their computational work flows quicker than before. SGI design features such as industry-leading density, innovative packaging, and optional warm-water cooling, benefit Skoda with compelling energy and management efficiency gains.
"Automotive companies are faced with increasingly demanding computing applications every day, with ever-growing amounts of data to manage and process and pressure to deliver results in record time", stated Bob Braham, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at SGI. "Adding new systems, Skoda can now easily scale to meet processing requirements as they develop, while also attaining new density levels, efficiency, reliability, and manageability."