AMD drives future of Formula One technology.
Using technology provided by AMD (Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., Sunnyvale, CA, www.amd.com) A major manufacturer of semiconductor devices including x86-compatible CPUs, embedded processors, flash memories, programmable logic devices and networking chips. (NYSE NYSE
See: New York Stock Exchange :AMD), Formula One team Sauber Petronas has launched its new supercomputer at the team's headquarters in Hinwil, Switzerland. This groundbreaking supercomputer, powered by more than 500 AMD Opteron processors and one of the most advanced in Formula One and the automotive industry The automotive industry is the industry involved in the design, development, manufacture, marketing, and sale of motor vehicles. In 2006, more than 69 million motor vehicles, including cars and commercial vehicles were produced worldwide. , will act as the "brain" for the team's Computational Fluid Dynamics Computational fluid dynamics
The numerical approximation to the solution of mathematical models of fluid flow and heat transfer. Computational fluid dynamics is one of the tools (in addition to experimental and theoretical methods) available to solve (CFD CFD - Computational Fluid Dynamics ) center.
Because CFD is considered a key factor in optimizing the aerodynamic performance of race cars, the new AMD Opteron processor-powered supercomputer is expected to have a significant effect on reducing lap times, putting the Sauber team in a position to score valuable World Championship points. AMD is the leading supplier of micro-technology in Formula One and a premier processor manufacturer for organizations involved in CFD.
"If you look at all the factors in Formula One that can be influenced with engineering, more than 70 percent are aerodynamics aerodynamics, study of gases in motion. As the principal application of aerodynamics is the design of aircraft, air is the gas with which the science is most concerned. ," reveals Peter Sauber Peter Sauber was born in Zurich, Switzerland on October 13 1943. He is famous in motor-racing circles for being the team principal and owner of the Sauber Formula One (also see BMW Sauber) team. , team principal of Team Sauber Petronas. Sauber Petronas' Technical Director, Willy Rampf Willy Rampf (born June 20, 1953 in Maria Thalheim, Germany) is the technical director of the BMW Sauber Formula One team.
Rampf studied Automotive Engineering at the Munich University of Applied Sciences, and has worked as a development engineer for BMW since 1979. , adds: "Success in F1 requires world-class computational fluid dynamics and a cutting-edge aerodynamic team that is armed with the best tools available, such as the AMD Opteron processor."
The AMD Opteron processor, the world's first 32-bit and 64-bit processor compatible with the x86 architecture The generic term x86 refers to the "CISC" type instruction set of the most commercially successful CPU architecture in the history of personal computing, used in processors from Intel, AMD, VIA, and others. , plays a critical role in the creation and development of new and enhanced Sauber design innovations and evolutions. The new supercomputer, powered by AMD Opteron processor-based servers with Direct Connect Architecture, will enable Sauber to simulate more complex variables with greatly improved accuracy in reduced time, compared with the team's past supercomputer. This reduction in time required for aerodynamic development and testing will in turn enable the team to focus track testing on tire and engine development.
The 530 AMD Opteron processors, which run on a Linux operating system operating system (OS)
Software that controls the operation of a computer, directs the input and output of data, keeps track of files, and controls the processing of computer programs. , will process a critical flow of robust CFD data. The new supercomputer is expected to allow Sauber to compile aerodynamic information faster
and more efficiently through higher power calculations. This improved performance and optimized data analysis will enable better decisions and provide a competitive edge.
Sauber's Head of CFD, Torbjorn Larsson, is enthused by the potential gains that AMD64 technology will offer his department. "With our new AMD Opteron processor-powered supercomputer, Sauber should be able to increase its CFD calculation capacity by a factor of almost 30. This is particularly important in light of new FIA FIA
feline infectious anemia. (Federation Internationale de l'Automobile--the governing body of world motorsport) regulatory changes to the cars' aerodynamics," said Larsson. "The AMD Opteron processor will also accelerate research and development processes, which are critical in the battle against both the time and testing constraints that are inherent to motor racing. AMD64 technology will deliver a number of key competitive advantages, and Sauber is determined to make the most of them."
"AMD aligns itself with teams and individuals who share our brand attributes--strength; determination; passion; excellence; people who rely on technology for their success, and compete against the world's toughest competitors on a global stage," said Henri Richard, executive vice president of worldwide sales and marketing at AMD. "We serve individuals, teams and organizations who demand the highest levels of performance, without compromise. We'd expect nothing less. Sauber Petronas is a very demanding customer, and AMD is meeting those demands."
By delivering the world's first x86-based 64-bit processor capable of also running 32-bit applications, AMD has enabled customers like Sauber to leverage existing software with outstanding performance while seamlessly migrating to 64-bit applications as they are introduced. Of the Fortune Global 100 companies, 25 now use AMD Opteron processor-based systems to run their critical applications.
Team Sauber Petronas joins AMD's world-class stable of sporting heroes at the top of their game--14-time Formula One World Champions Scuderia Ferrari, six-time Tour de France Tour de France
World's most prestigious and difficult bicycle race. Staged for three weeks each July—usually in some 20 daylong stages—the Tour typically comprises 20 professional teams of nine riders each and covers some 3,600 km (2,235 miles) of flat and winner Lance Armstrong, and the victorious United States Postal Service Pro Cycling Team. AMD's customer-centric products are driven by technical excellence and real-world customer needs. Its innovations are developed in the most extreme and elite environments and industries, from the FIA Formula One World Championship to the grueling Tour de France, to provide inspirational products to customers around the world.