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Sahara Force India's Formula One™ Drives Innovation

In an industry where every second counts, what happens behind the scenes is just as critical as the performance seen on the track.

Executive Summary


A Formula One racing team is a big business, one that mixes a sport team with a car manufacturer. Only in this case, the car manufacturer produces four cars a year and it does so under very stringent rules handed down by the Federation Internationale de L'Automobile (FIA), an organization that has aimed to level the playing field and helped spur engineering innovation in racing since the first Formula One World Championship race was held in 1950.

The high performance computing cap on the systems that run the computational fluid dynamics, or CFD, applications that are used to design the race cars is absolutely intentional.

When Sahara Force India got its latest 25 teraflops cluster two years ago, it partnered with Univa to put its Grid Engine workload scheduler on the system, which allows for engineers to submit jobs for modeling and push utilization on the CFD cluster up into the 97 percent range at a sustained level.

"The fact that the computation is capped at 25 teraflops means you need to use it as efficiently as possible. If you can be more efficient, you gain a strategic or performance advantage, and that is where Univa helps us."

Otmar Szafnauer, COO of Sahara Force India.

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