How HPC Is Supercharging Our Cars

Two years ago General Electric set up the Advanced Aviation Technology Center of Excellence (AAT) in Munich, Germany.

The AAT team decided that they need to see what’s going inside a live and running engine in terms of course of air flow in the jet components so that they can create a superior and more efficient jet engine

“To understand what’s really happening inside the engine may take 10 million hours of computer time, and involve many terabytes of data,” says Michelassi. “The number of unknowns in the simulation is in excess of billions.” (Source: newswise.com)

Well, HPC/Supercomputing is now attempting to win over the aug-market by helping auto-manufacturers design engines that can do upwards of of 50MpH

This target means engineering a material that is 25 percent stronger than current alloys and durable at temperatures 50 degrees Celsius higher, a necessity for next-generation engines.

This will take a while perhaps 10-15 years, but the work is already on.

Automakers need powertrain materials that are not only lighter but also low cost and able to withstand the elevated temperatures and pressures in high-efficiency turbocharged engines.

“Using approximately 100,000 cores simultaneously on Titan, we can increase the speed and scale of our first-principles quantum mechanics calculations by at least an order of magnitude,” said ORNL researcher Dongwon Shin.

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