Friday, June 26, 2009

Albert 3 - the super computer


Computations per second are processed by Albert3, the super computer working for the BMW sauber F1 teams aerodynamics department.

Albert's primary use is in computational fluid dynamics, working with his engineers to study and analyze racing aerodynamics. With CFD, a vital part of the aeronautic and aerospace industries, the team is able to simulate airflow around the car's body, in turn helping them to develop and manufacture parts and fine-tune engine and brake performance. Parts that are designed are then tested on a 60-per-cent scale model car in the team's state-of-the-art wind tunnel. It's all in a day's work for Albert to play with a carbon-fibre wing that might contain 100 million cells.

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