Dell to deliver HPC architecture to design yacht for Emirates Team New Zealand

Dell has teamed with Emirates Team New Zealand, two-time America’s Cup champion, to design high-performance computing (HPC) architecture for the yacht that challenged Oracle Team USA in the 34th Americas Cup.

Emirates Team New Zealand turned to Dell HPC  cluster to revolutionize the design process of its multihull boat. The HPC solution provided them with the power of computational modeling and the ability to glean the insights needed for success on the water.

Smart boat design has always been a critical factor in determining the America’s Cup outcome, and this year’s competition raised the stakes even higher, instituting the new multihull model for competing vessels, Emirates Team said.

The HPC environment was configured to meet the computing needs of Emirates Team and optimize the performance without any wasted power. Previous yacht development involved physical tank testing of scale models of individual hulls.

Emirates Team Newzeland

The Kiwis decided to dramatically increase their compute power to handle the complex design and testing required for success. And Dell put that same focus on the design of the HPC that would design the team’s vessel, fine tuning the cluster for these very specialized workloads with the help of the Dell/Cambridge HPC Solution Center at Cambridge University in London.

Dell has been a long-time partner to Emirates Team New Zealand, so it could assess how much processing, memory, storage, data protection and interconnectivity the Kiwis needed to optimize the HPC solution for their specific design workload.

Dell built the HPC cluster using standardized components that are easier to maintain and operate. This approach gave the Kiwis a simple, affordable, high-performance computing solution they could manage within existing budget and resources.

With the combination of Dell Precision workstations, Latitude laptops and Dell PowerEdge servers connected to Dell EqualLogic storage by Dell Networking switches, the team was able to accurately predict their boat’s potential and continue to fine-tune the boat design.

Dell’s team of IT experts guided the deployment of the HPC cluster. Emirates Team New Zealand also partnered with Dell Social Media Services to develop a comprehensive social media strategy to keep their fans informed as they competed in the America’s Cup.

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