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Emirates Team New Zealand Uses Dell HPC To Design New Class of Multihull Boats
Emirates Team New Zealand Uses Dell HPC To Design New Class of Multihull Boats
Emirates Team New Zealand Uses Dell HPC To Design New Class of Multihull Boats
Emirates Team New Zealand Uses Dell HPC To Design New Class of Multihull Boats
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Emirates Team New Zealand Uses Dell HPC To Design New Class of Multihull Boats

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Emirates Team New Zealand needed a high-performance computing (HPC) environment to design a new class of multihull boats in, for the 2013 America’s Cup competition. The team partnered with Dell to …

Emirates Team New Zealand needed a high-performance computing (HPC) environment to design a new class of multihull boats in, for the 2013 America’s Cup competition. The team partnered with Dell to deploy an HPC cluster running the Platform HPC stack Enterprise Dell Edition featuring Dell™ PowerEdge servers connected to Dell EqualLogic storage through Dell Networking switches. Together, they also developed a social media strategy to promote the Emirates Team New Zealand brand globally.

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  • 1. Team New Zealand takes on the America’s Cup with game-changing technology Customer profile Emirates Team New Zealand’s HPC solution speeds multihull boat innovation with a 10-fold increase in design production Company Industry Country Employees Website Emirates Team New Zealand Sports and Gaming New Zealand 100 www.etnzblog.com Business need Emirates Team New Zealand needed a high-performance computing (HPC) environment to design a new class of multihull boats in, for the 2013 America’s Cup competition. Solution The team partnered with Dell to deploy an HPC cluster running the Platform HPC stack Enterprise Dell Edition featuring Dell™ PowerEdge servers connected to Dell EqualLogic storage through Dell Networking switches. Together, they also developed a social media strategy to promote the Emirates Team New Zealand brand globally. Benefits “ e can now complete an entire boat design W test in three days using the Dell HPC cluster. We’ve gone from 30 to 40 design candidates being tested physically for our 2007 Cup campaign to testing 300-400 designs for this edition of the America’s Cup.” Nick Holroyd, Technical Director, Emirates Team New Zealand • Yacht design process revolutionized with HPC solution • Design prototyping increases 10fold through high-performance environment • Social media strategy connects audiences and promotes global sailing brand • Creative design limits eliminated due to virtualized environment Solutions featured • • • • • • High-Performance Computing Mobile Computing Networking Deployment Services Support Services Desktop Computing
  • 2. Twice winner of the America’s Cup, Emirates Team New Zealand relies on innovation to drive its cup dreams. In 2010, top competitor BMW Oracle Racing announced a new class of boat for the 2013 cup – the wing-sailed multihull AC72, spurring Emirates Team New Zealand to move from monohull to multihull. “In using computational design methods we can examine the solution with far greater precision than is possible with physical testing, which means we can start to answer the critical questions that enable the team to evolve and push the limits of design much faster. Designing the AC72 in the Dell HPC environment not only gives us access to a larger number of possible candidates, it enables us to manipulate those boats in a more intelligent way than was ever possible.” Nick Holroyd, Technical Director, Emirates Team New Zealand 2 This triggered bold plans to design and build two massive 72-foot catamarans for racing in the Louis Vuitton Cup challenger selection series and the America’s Cup finals. Recognizing that technology would play a crucial role in the development of the new AC72 multihull yachts, the team decided to invest in a high-performance computing (HPC) solution to test design concepts prior to building the final boats that would enter the challenger series. Move from reliance on physical testing to computer generated modelling Previous yacht development involved physical tank testing, in which scale models of individual hulls were tested for parallel hydrodynamics as a predictor of actual race day performance. Computer predictions were only considered when correlated with physical tank data. Nick Holroyd, Technical Director, Emirates Team New Zealand, says, “The transition to AC72 multihulls has meant a complete shift in focus to technology where all our prototyping is computer generated. Our prediction of boat performance and the design inputs required are all derived computationally, which meant our requirements for a high-performance cluster suddenly exploded.” Yacht design process revolutionized with HPC solution As the only commercially funded team, the design of Emirates Team New Zealand’s America’s Cup yacht involves a careful balance of skill, resources and costs. Emirates Team New Zealand discussed its specific requirements with Dell who then put the team in touch with the Dell HPC center located at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom to benchmark the new architecture and tailor it specifically to the workload required in designing the multihull boats. “Typically we need 100 to 200 simulations to accurately measure the performance of a potential boat design across a range of conditions, Technology at work Services Dell Deployment Services Dell Support Services – ell ProSupport with Mission D Critical Next Business Day Onsite Service Hardware Dell PowerEdge C6100 servers with Intel Xeon 5600 series processors Dell PowerEdge R710 servers Dell Networking 6248 and 6224 switches Dell EqualLogic PS6000XV and PS6000E storage arrays Dell PowerVault MD3200 array Dell Precision workstations Dell Latitude laptops QLogic® TrueScale™ 12800 InfiniBand switches Software Platform HPC Enterprise – Dell Edition
  • 3. and we knew we needed to complete so many design iterations within a certain timeframe. In having the opportunity to benchmark the architecture with Dell we’ve ended up with a machine that is specifically tailored and therefore more economical for the workload we are demanding from it,” says Holroyd. Emirates Team New Zealand’s AC72 catamaran designs are developed within a powerful HPC environment featuring Dell PowerEdge C6100 servers with Intel® Xeon® 5600 series processors. The servers connect through a low latency QLogic TrueScale 12800 InfiniBand switch to the Platform HPC stack Enterprise Dell Edition, and Dell PowerVault MD3200 storage array. Design prototyping increases 10fold through high-performance environment The team previously followed a threemonth cycle with around four tank sessions scheduled per year, each testing five to six new boat designs. This enabled Emirates Team New Zealand to evaluate 20-24 candidate designs per year before choosing a final boat to build. Through testing designs in the HPC cluster, the team has increased the number of candidates 10-fold for the 2013 cup challenge. Holroyd says, “We can now complete an entire boat design test in three days using the Dell HPC cluster. We’ve gone from 30 to 40 design candidates being tested physically for our 2007 Cup campaign to testing 300-400 designs for this edition of the America’s Cup.” By using a computational environment to test boat designs, Emirates Team New Zealand can continue to fine-tune each option prior to the final build. Holroyd says, “In using computational design methods we can examine the solution with far greater precision than is possible with physical testing, which means we can start to answer the critical questions that enable the team to evolve and push the limits 3 of design much faster. Designing the AC72 in the Dell HPC environment not only gives us access to a larger number of possible candidates, it enables us to manipulate those boats in a more intelligent way than was ever possible.” Social media strategy connects audiences and promotes global sailing brand With the whole nation behind them and its previous reign as America’s Cup holder from 1995 to 2003 bringing in US$785.9 million to New Zealand’s economy, Emirates Team New Zealand is keen to provide the country and its supporters with up-to-the-minute details of its challenge. The team engaged Dell to support the design and implementation of Emirates Team New Zealand’s social media platform and strategy to communicate the brand and promote New Zealand sailing globally on its website and through Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Grant Dalton, Managing Director, Emirates Team New Zealand, says, “The team takes its role as a standard bearer for the New Zealand marine industry very seriously. Every time we race, the industry’s work is under intense scrutiny from public and the media. The Louis Vuitton Cup and America’s Cup regattas represent the top of the sport. It is no place for second best.” Design evolution fuels world’s fastest boats through improved communication Emirates Team New Zealand was the first team to launch an AC72 and fly with both hulls clear of the water lifted by hydrofoils, with the design of the two AC72 yachts taking more than 140,000 hours. “With the move to multihull yachts the whole balance of our team has changed, as the ratio of designers to sailors has been reversed since the previous campaign. We have improved the ability to communicate with the less technical members of the team because, in the Dell HPC environment, we can show them CAD models and overlay onto the digital mock-ups the performance
  • 4. characteristics of each design. In terms of the way we work, the whole design evolution has come to more closely resemble a software development program,” says Holroyd. With a highly mobile team that spends as much time on the water as off it, the design team requires highperformance laptops to meet the frenetic pace of the America’s Cup campaign. “Design team members take their work with them out on the water to compare real time results against calculated results and need laptops with vast quantities of memory to handle the computational load and CAD models. Dell Latitude notebooks provide us with the right level of data security and performance to keep our team operating under the most challenging conditions,” says Holroyd. Design limitations eliminated due to virtualized environment The design team can now build a creative model of a boat without any limitations from computing performance. In working with CAD models for the boats, Emirates Team New Zealand needs workstations of 32 gigabytes of memory just to be able to open and manipulate the designs. The team deployed a virtualized environment to run its back office featuring Dell PowerEdge R710 servers and Dell Networking 6248 and 6224 switches with storage for the massive design models provided by Dell EqualLogic PS6000XV and PS6000E storage arrays. Holroyd says, “Dell Precision workstations and Dell Latitude notebooks provide the file I/O performance we need, to create complete models end-to-end without having to resort to creating smaller components that when bolted together may in reality not actually match up. It’s critical to our ability to deliver highly accurate designs for the build, on time, that we have the performance to support the CAD environment.” Focus remains on winning on the water Emirates Team New Zealand is supported by Dell ProSupport with Mission Critical Next Business Day OnSite Service on all equipment. “The beauty of having Dell ProSupport is that we don’t even have to think about it. My job is to recruit and manage the right people and put the right infrastructure in place for them to exceed in their role as designers. When we are ready to race it’s great to be able to put my energy into helping the team to win and not worry about the technology,” says Holroyd. For more information go to www.DellHPCSolutions.com “Dell Precision workstations and Dell Latitude notebooks provide the file I/O performance we need, to create complete models end-to-end without having to resort to creating smaller components that when bolted together may in reality not actually match up. It’s critical to our ability to deliver highly accurate designs for the build, on time, that we have the performance to support the CAD environment.” Nick Holroyd, Technical Director, Emirates Team New Zealand View all Dell case studies at dell.com/casestudies 4 Availability and terms of Dell Services vary by region. For more information, visit dell.com/servicedescriptions September 2013. © Dell Inc. Dell, PowerEdge, EqualLogic, PowerVault, Precision and Latitude are trademarks of Dell Inc. Intel and Intel Xeon are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. This case study is for informational purposes only. Dell makes no warranties, express or implied, in this case study. 10012703

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