The computer is the new core of the simulation centre C ² A ² S ² E (Center for Computer Applications in Aerospace Science and Engineering) , which was established in 2007 by DLR, Airbus and Niedersachsen in order to simulate the behaviour of airplanes in the computer even better in the future. The same research project C ² A ² S ² E with this machine now culminated the use of his six-year old mainframe. The scientists will now take one of the next big steps in the numerical simulation technology - the realization of a "maiden flight in the computer".
"Today's multi-disciplinary simulations require more computing power than before", stated Prof. Norbert Kroll from the DLR Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology. "Because of this the previous mainframe was replaced by the next generation of processors", stated Prof. Kroll. At the same time, the Turbo computer will form the basis and tool for the new cross-institutional research project "Digital-X".
In the DLR project "Digital-X", supported by the Helmholtz Association of German National Research Centres (HGF), the work of C ² A ² S ² E will be continued in the future - in the vision of the researchers - to create a completely virtual product: the digital plane. This should behave in the computer exactly as in real life - and preferably even before it exists. This would allow development time and cost to be saved with the goal to one day make possible the certification of new aircraft on the computer.
The strongly enhanced simulation requirements will give the new high-performance computer a boost. With 1120 processors and 13440 cores, the cluster enables scientists to quickly solve complex simulation calculations. This corresponds approximately to the performance of 3000 domestic PCs. The more accurate the result will be, the more computing power engineers need for their work. In particular, for the calculation and presentation of situations outside the optimum flight envelope, or for complex flow conditions or shape changes due to icing, the demands on the computational power will rise enormously. With the new computer cluster, that T-Systems Solutions for Research GmbH (T-Systems SfR) has implemented for the DLR, this is now possible. It will be taken into operation from now for about three years.