According to the NZHerald, Dell is set to build one of New Zealand’s most powerful supercomputers for the nation’s 2013 America’s Cup challenge. Engineers will use the supercomputer to help design a pair of 72ft catamarans, the first of which is due to be launched mid-2012.
Team New Zealand’s technical director, Nick Holroyd, said computing power was now the core of yacht design. “A big computer like this is the lifeblood of the design group, in the way the wind tunnel was a decade ago,” Holroyd said.
The computer will also be used to analyze weather patterns and provide race-day data to help give the team a competitive edge. Read the Full Story.