Auto companies have engaged in a speedy process of launching newer designs faster than the competition and over the years most auto companies have developed clear timelines for new designs, minor and major changes. You would find Nissan, Honda, Hyundai very aggressive as they keep innovating and transition designs every couple of years.
A couple of decades earlier this was not so easy, neither was it so fast. The designs would flow in a linear fashion from one engineer to another and it used to be a nightmare reconciling different versions of designs. To make things worse, 3D files were large and sharing them across teams and getting back with feedback resulted in time wastage,
Today, the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, allows all design stakeholders to collaborate remotely and participate in design reviews. The VDI is quite helpful in allocating computing power to all stakeholders when then need it, thereby saving huge costs on investing in expensive workstations and time.
Since the design data resides only on the virtual workstations, which are on servers and quite protected, the company feels secure about sharing its intellectual property with the contractors through the virtual setup
Nissan Motor Co. is building a Vehicle Design Infrastructure on the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure platform, as the industry’s first next-generation vehicle design infrastructure
Nissan plans to use it to provide for more flexibility and manageability of its global vehicle design operations. Nissan has already begun using the infrastructure in North America and Europe with the help of HP, Citirx and Siemens
Nissan is not alone here, Peugeot has a VDI system which is supported by NVIDIA GRID Technology
An alternative to NVIDIA and AMD’s GPU virtualization tools is Frame, a platform for installing and managing any Windows application in the cloud for remote access. Unlike VDI in the data center, Frame’s cloud-based delivery doesn’t require IT staff to configure storage, servers, network switches, hypervisors and the like or to manage the data center infrastructure once it’s up and running.
We will cover this topic with more perspectives in future, but it suffices for now to say that VDI indeed would be a great help in enhancing productivity, improve cost efficiencies and disaster risk management.
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