NEWS

High performance computers design futuristic military vehicles

Interactive Supercomputing’s Star-P software will help the US Army and vehicle designers to evaluate the performance and reliability of next-generation military vehicles using supercomputers to dramatically accelerate simulation of the vehicles’ operations.

ISC received a subcontract from the US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) to transform its internally-developed ground vehicle performance and reliability software to run on parallel computers. TARDEC is the nation’s laboratory for advanced military ground systems and automotive technology.

The first phase of the project is to predict the reliability of the HMMWV M-1097, the Army’s biggest ‘Humvee’-class vehicle designed to provide safe transport of troops, equipment and cargo in rugged, hostile environments. If successful, the research could contribute to future development in robotic, plug-in electric and other advanced vehicle combat systems.

Until now, running full simulations of vehicle computer models in serial mode has taken too long to be fully utilised in the acquisition process, even when running on state-of-the-art serial hardware. TARDEC hopes to cut the time to perform computationally intensive simulations by orders of magnitude with Star-P.

Star-P is an interactive parallel computing platform that will enable TARDEC scientists to use their existing serial models developed in C or FORTRAN languages, automatically parallelising the code run on parallel servers or clusters. Star-P lets users continue to work with their preferred tools, languages and desktop environments, shielding them from the programming complexities of parallel systems.

Twitter icon
Google icon
Del.icio.us icon
Digg icon
LinkedIn icon
Reddit icon
e-mail icon
Feature

Sophia Ktori investigates the use of informatics software to increase data integrity in the laboratory

Feature

Tim Gillett reports from PRACEDays 2016, held in May in the city of Prague

Feature

Robert Roe investigates the motivation behind the architectural changes to Europes fastest supercomputer, Piz Daint, housed at the Swiss National Computing Centre

Feature

Robert Roe discusses the merits of the latest storage technologies, including a push by storage providers to develop end-to-end platforms featuring intelligent data management systems

Feature

As AMD launches its latest FirePro GPU, Robert Roe investigates a new suite of open-source tools, released by the company that convert code from CUDA into C++