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MERCEDES-BENZ INSTALLS TWO CONVEX C3400 SYSTEMS FOR DESIGN ANALYSIS OF NEW CARS

 MERCEDES-BENZ INSTALLS TWO CONVEX C3400 SYSTEMS FOR DESIGN ANALYSIS
 OF NEW CARS
 RICHARDSON, Texas, Aug. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Convex Computer Corporation (NYSE: CNX) today announced that Mercedes-Benz AG, Stuttgart, Germany, has installed two Convex C3400 supercomputers. The systems are being used by two analysis departments of the Passenger Car Development Division at different locations as integrated compute and fileservers for design analysis of new cars.
 "Determining the highest quality design of our new automobiles involves extensive numerical analysis including structural statics, dynamics and crash; metal forming; acoustics; heat transfer; and fluid dynamics," said Goetz Kern, manager of the analysis group for the full vehicle design department. "With the addition of the Convex C3440 supercomputer to our existing computer environment, we will be able to achieve considerable savings in costs, and faster solutions for time- critical jobs. This results in an essential increase in efficiency, productivity, and substantial reduction in time-to-market."
 "The installation of the Convex C3420 system in the computational mechanics department for car body design at Mercedes-Benz is the last step in realizing a three-level computer concept based on a central supercomputer, a departmental Convex system used as a compute and fileserver, and a local workstation network," said Bernd Pletschen, manager of the computational mechanics department. "This concept was chosen to solve our computer-aided development tasks at the lowest cost."
 According to Pletschen, further improvements to Mercedes-Benz' high quality standards require ever-increasing analysis of the many variants during the design process of the car body. Computer simulations for the strength and rigidity of the car body and its components in normal use and during crashes, as well as vibration and acoustic analysis, have become integrated tools. This process also includes Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations of the air flow around the car and within the car cabin due to air conditioning. Occupant car crash studies are another very important task required for developing restraint systems. Finally, simulations of deep drawing metal forming operations using advanced CAE-tools complete the spectrum of computational car body analysis.
 Computer simulations offer a cost- and time-effective supplement to the traditional practice of building prototype models for experimental testing. With the use of these simulations, engineers can rapidly evaluate alternative designs to determine optimal solutions, thereby increasing innovation and accuracy.
 According to Kern, the Convex system was selected for several reasons. "The C3440 supercomputer combines optimal integration of compute and file serving into one system, offers remarkable price/performance, and a proven experience as a departmental server in a UNIX-based environment," he noted. "Extensive third-party software available on the Convex system was also an important reason for the selection."
 With a library of over 1,200 third-party applications, Convex offers a large selection of widely used programs already optimized for maximum performance. More than 230 of these software applications are available in areas such as computer-aided engineering, computational fluid dynamics, and finite element analysis.
 "Mercedes-Benz is recognized in the industry for excellent automotive design and outstanding consumer safety," said Robert J. Paluck, Convex chairman, president and chief executive officer. "This requires a world-class supercomputer and Convex is pleased to be that system of choice."
 Convex Computer Corporation, a leading supplier of air-cooled supercomputers worldwide, markets its products primarily to scientific, engineering and technical users for a wide variety of applications in areas such as seismic processing, reservoir simulation, computational chemistry, computer-aided engineering, image processing, aerospace simulation and molecular biology. Convex has sold more than 1,050 systems to nearly 600 customers in 44 countries. The systems are sold and serviced through direct sales and an extensive distribution network.
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 /CONTACT: Donna Burke, 214-497-4230, or Alison Peoples, 214-497-4226, both of Convex Computer/
 (CNX) CO: Convex Computer Corporation; Mercedes-Benz AG ST: Texas IN: CPR AUT SU: CON


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