In this NPR podcast, Aarti Shahani describes how this year’s America’s Cup race is just as much about computing speed as it is about sailing.
The computer giant Dell, for example, is running the supercomputers for Emirates Team New Zealand’s boat. Bryan Jones, Dell’s vice president of marketing, says teams are testing virtual models and studying each others’ designs for advantages like never before. “You would look at: Is there applicability to my boat?” he says. If so, “I’d go back and I’d potentially do that on my boat as well.”