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Tata's CRL Partners with Force India Racing Team

Computational Research Laboratories [CRL], a subsidiary of Tata Son’s, and the Force India Formula 1 Racing Team have announced a partnership to collaborate on computational fluid dynamics work.  The three-year, multi-million dollar contract will serve to provide Force India with fully automated CFD workflow services for aerodynamic design work.  This, coupled with traditional empirical wind-tunnel testing, will serve as the basis for Force India’s aero research.

Dr. Vijay Mallya, chairman and team principal, Force India Formula One Team Limited said, “Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations are a critical part of Force India’s car design process to continually improve the team’s aerodynamic performance. The tie-up with CRL will significantly accelerate Force India’s computational simulations to drive better on-track results. The tie-up with CRL gives us an immediate 200 percent increase in our CFD processing capability which will rise to almost 800 percent by the end of 2010. We have integrated our own CFD methods with the CRL facility to allow Force India’s CFD engineers to seamlessly interface between the UK and India effectively, giving us increased processing power. The CRL facility allows us to run significantly more CFD cases, in the region of 200 percent more cases per day, with twice the model size currently possible. In the future this will increase still further and also allow Force India to undertake significant development of the current CFD methods in us.”

Mr. S Ramadorai, chairman, CRL, said:  “With this partnership, CRL reconfirms its commitment to develop technology that will aid in design activities and make it seamless for the companies to take advantage of HPC. We are really proud to be associated with a brand such as Force India Formula One Team which has showcased India as a team to watch in the global motor racing arena. This deal demonstrates the value that an organization can get by leveraging ‘eka’, and the complete HPC support ecosystem we have set up at CRL.”

Naturally, the work will fall on the ‘Eka’ supercomputing platform that breached the Top500 not long ago.  This partnership could prove interesting for Force India.  It allows them the research capability traditionally reserved for the larger teams such as Ferrari and Renault.  For more info, read the full article here at HPCWire.

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