For a long time, high-performance computing (HPC) has been instrumental in helping government organizations, research labs, and large enterprises generate extraordinary computing power. Supercomputers have been used for scientific research in the areas of nuclear energy and cancer treatment. However, open-source technology and standardization have put HPC within the reach of companies in the private sector.

Automotive manufacturing is one of the industries for which deploying HPC technology provides many advantages. HPC allows for lightning-fast processing of data-intensive workloads, making it possible for automotive manufacturers to innovate and speed new, safer products to the market.

Here’s an overview of 5 ways HPC benefits the automotive industry:

1) Ability to process multiple sources of data simultaneously

HPC plays a key role in the industrial internet of things (IIoT) in which equipment is equipped with sensors that generate data about the status of company assets. At an automotive manufacturer, every piece of equipment on the factory floor and in warehouses, as well as vehicles used in the supply chain, can be outfitted with sensors.

These sensors send streams of data from each piece of equipment that must be analyzed to determine if it is due for repairs, needs replacement, or must be recalibrated. This data may also show where vehicles are located along the supply chain and the status of inventory in warehouses.

HPC can process data from all these sources at a rate of billions or even trillions of operations per second. By putting this sensor data through analytics calculations, the manufacturer can make real-time business decisions, such as when to conduct preventative maintenance on equipment and when to amp up production on certain products.

2) Accelerated development of autonomous car technology

The speed of HPC performance allows automobile manufacturers to increase innovations in the field of autonomous technology. Autonomous cars leverage IoT technology and artificial intelligence (AI) to enable the vehicle to learn and make decisions without human intervention.

HPC can carry out the numerous and complex calculations needed in machine learning (ML), part of AI. An autonomous vehicle must process unstructured data, such as visual information, to avoid collisions. HPC can gather this data and process it in real-time so the autonomous vehicle can operate correctly and safely.

3) Development of connected car technology for preventative maintenance

By equipping a vehicle with sensors, the automobile manufacturer makes it possible for a car owner to check its status. These sensors can transmit data about the car’s performance so that owners can anticipate and prevent problems.

HPC helps with the development of this technology by providing a way to collect and process this data quickly for a timely diagnosis of any issue. Proactive maintenance can prevent a problem from snowballing and leading to vehicle failure and a more expensive repair or replacement.

4) New product development

Not only can HPC hasten the evolution of existing automotive technologies, but it can accelerate the development of new products. HPC supports computer-aided engineering (CAE) and simulation, allowing automotive manufacturers to create digital models of parts and entire products.

These digital models can be tested in a virtual environment, saving the time and money traditionally spent on physical crash tests. HPC has the processing power needed to gather and interpret test data so that a product under development can be redesigned before manufacturing.

5) Lowering the cost of meeting customer expectations

The automotive manufacturing industry has strict quality standards because allowing defective products to reach the consumer is a threat to public safety. Products must be designed, tested, and redesigned to prevent defects. If a defective product, such as an airbag that explodes or won’t inflate, gets installed in a line of vehicles, it can result in liability and an expensive recall, with the financial burden resting on the manufacturer.

HPC empowers automobile manufacturers to create digital models and simulations to test products before they are put on the market. Creating these models or digital twins eliminates the cost of fabricating a physical prototype for testing that must be remanufactured. HPC can carry out the design calculations and analyze data to uncover potential problems quickly, accelerating the research and development process and reducing the chance of a costly recall.

Taking Automotive Manufacturing to the Next Level

The democratization of HPC has the potential to transform the automotive manufacturing industry. Unprecedented processing power gives manufacturers the ability to create the safest and most innovative vehicles in record time.

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