nCUBE SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH BMW
nCUBE SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH BMW FOSTER CITY, Calif., Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- nCUBE, a leading
supplier of massively parallel computing solutions, has signed an agreement with Bavarian Motor Works (BMW), of Munich, Germany, in which BMW will acquire an nCUBE 2 supercomputer for use in its automotive design process.
The agreement marks the first instance of a massively parallel computer using an off-the-shelf application to provide a solution for a full-production environment. Traditionally, massively parallel computers have been used almost exclusively with proprietary application programs. In this case, BMW will use the popular computational fluid dynamics application program called FIRE developed by the Austrian corporation AVL LIST GmbH, on the nCUBE 2 to simulate and refine engine combustion. nCUBE president Michael Meirer stated, "The automotive industry offers enormous potential for nCUBE and is a key strategic market for us. Many automobile manufacturers -- especially European and Japanese corporations -- use high-performance computing systems to simulate and refine engine combustion. With third party software such as FIRE progress in this market has begun to accelerate. Of the many automobile companies conducting advanced combustion research, we are pleased to be working with BMW, a clearly recognized leader." Computational fluid dynamics has become an important development tool in the automotive industry. Even for simple CFD problems, the tremendous amount of computer resources necessary is causing auto manufacturers to search for alternatives that achieve higher sustained performance and better price/performance ratios than existing supercomputers. Parallel processing, a natural solution for many CFD applications, is becoming one of the most valuable tools for designing new cars and speeding up the development process. The 64-processor nCUBE 2 system to be installed at BMW in December delivers balanced performance in all design aspects: CPU, memory, I/O and inter-processor communications. It features performance of 224 MFlops and 480 million instructions per second (MIPS). After the integration of the nCUBE system into the existing environment at BMW, the FIRE program will be fully parallelized for optimum performance. FIRE allows the calculation of nonstationary and turbulent flows (compressible and non-compressible) at very complex geometries. The calculation of the fuel injection and the mixing processes in the combustion engine are based on a two-phase model and a system of conservation equations for different species. Founded in 1983, nCUBE pioneered the development of parallel computing solutions and today is a leading supplier. nCUBE systems are designed to accommodate the high-performance computing needs of selected scientific and relational database applications. nCUBE corporate headquarters are located at 919 East Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City, Calif., 94404. Telephone: 415-593-9000. -0- 11/18/91 /CONTACT: Rich Wyckoff of nCUBE, 415-593-9000; or Maria Gagliardi of Angus & Rudin, 415-363-0982, for nCUBE/ CO: nCUBE ST: California IN: CPR AUT SU: CON RM -- SJ001 -- 1355 11/18/91 11:00 EST
|Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback|
|Date:||Nov 18, 1991|
|Previous Article:||MAXUS ENERGY SIGNS EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION CONTRACT IN LLANOS BASIN OF COLOMBIA FOR TIERRA NEGRA BLOCK|
|Next Article:||SCHUCK'S WINS GUARDIAN OF THE ENVIRONMENT AWARD|