Saturday, January 2, 2010

More CFD: New Force India partnership

A few weeks ago Computational Research Laboratories, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Sons, and Force India announced a three-year multi-million dollar partnership deal to offer a fully automated Computational Fluid Dynamics assistance to the design of Force India's future race cars as well improve aerodynamic efficiency in the current racing models.

As a result of this deal, Force India will now have access to 'EKA', India’s fastest supercomputer and one of the most versatile supercomputers in the world. 'EKA' was ranked the 4th fastest in the world in November 2007, marking India’s presence in the Top500 list of supercomputers. However, as of June 2009 it is the 18th fastest, but 2nd fastest in Asia.

Nevertheless, this will be the first time a Formula 1 team will utilize an Indian high performance computing organization for their design activities. Given that Force India is also Indian owned, it makes sense to leverage Indian hi tech companies; giving more exposure to these companies and increasing the profile of F1. India is due to host a Formula One Grand Prix in 2011.

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