HP'S 'RENEW PROGRAMME' HELPS ACCELERATE JAGUAR RACING'S AERODYNAMIC GOALS In an effort to accelerate solutions to Jaguar Racing's current aerodynamic issues on it's R3 F1 car, an increased amount of work has been done with computer based...
HP'S 'RENEW PROGRAMME' HELPS ACCELERATE JAGUAR RACING'S AERODYNAMIC GOALS
In an effort to accelerate solutions to Jaguar Racing's current aerodynamic issues on it's R3 F1 car, an increased amount of work has been done with computer based simulated wind-tunnel testing (Computational Fluid Dynamics - CFD) playing an important role in the team's aerodynamics program. The intensified activities demand more computing 'horse-power' to be available at short notice and only for a limited time. Hewlett-Packard Company through its 'Renew Programme' was able to meet the demand for Jaguar Racing to get access to additional computer resources, to complement those already in use at Jaguar Racing's HQ in Milton Keynes (UK).
"CFD involves the modelling of the complex airflows over a body or surface, in this case the Jaguar R3, and virtually replicates a wind tunnel inside a computer. But it is incredibly computer intensive and can soak up massive amounts of processing resource, particularly where detailed analysis and modelling are required," explains John Saville, Jaguar Racing's Chief Information Officer. "The IT infrastructure implemented by HP at Jaguar Racing is highly scaleable and we knew it wouldn't be difficult to integrate additional HP J-Class workstations to speed up the team's development work, by giving them access to super-computer type processing power," he added.
Given the challenge, HP was faced with providing a significant number of extra computers at extremely short notice (for a relatively short time) and hence turned to the company's HP Renew Programme marketing business.
"Based upon their knowledge of the CFD applications we are running and our current HP hardware configuration, HP's Renew Programme team quickly specified the equipment we needed and had it on site and installed within a matter of days", commented Jaguar Racing's head of Computer Aided Engineering, Steve Nevey. "Whilst we could of course purchase additional new computers from HP, this temporary hike in our computer resources is just what we need to address what we expect will be a short-term problem", he added.
Niki Lauda, Jaguar Racing Team Principal and CEO commented, "Because we have only ever had HP as our IT partner, going right back to the early days of Stewart-Ford, they know the business we are in and the kind of challenges we were facing with the new R3. When I mentioned in Malaysia last week that our sponsors and partners were right behind this team, this is exactly the kind of support I was referring to. HP's responsiveness in delivering these extra resources from their HP Renew Programme is going to be a major benefit in our efforts to increase the car's competitiveness at a quicker rate."