In this video from SC13, Lorena Barba from The George Washington University presents: Flying Snakes on GPUs.
It would be hard to put a flying snake in a wind tunnel. So we are trying to put them in GPUs instead—via computational fluid dynamics. Our initial success is to see that a flying snake’s cross-section can in fact create quite some lift: it even has a favorite angle of attack for which it gives extra lift. We don’t know if this is the secret of flying snakes, but we do know that looking at nature can teach engineers some new tricks.
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