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Paris, France – Denver-based Boom Supersonic is strengthening its strategic partnership with Rescale to leverage the power of cloud high-performance computing (HPC) for design and optimization of its new supersonic passenger jet.

The world’s first commercial supersonic aircraft, Concorde, was envisioned in the 1960s for next-generation, high-speed intercontinental travel. It was designed with a short wingspan to reduce supersonic drag, but with a long swept delta to produce lift-inducing vortices at landing and takeoff speeds. While a technical marvel, the plane wasn’t commercially successful due to high operating costs and the inability to fill 100 seats at the $20,000 round-trip ticket price. It was retired in 2003 after Airbus could no longer source parts, a rare backwards step in technology progress.

After fourteen years, Boom is reigniting the dream of supersonic travel and showing off its updated XB-1 supersonic demonstrator  at the Paris Air Show. The design phase this time looks very different from the 1960s. Leveraging Rescale’s turnkey cloud HPC platform, Boom uses computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and finite element analysis running on a massively-powerful compute infrastructure to run thousands of simulations at each stage of the design. This on-demand, zero-IT footprint has enabled them to run a lean startup operation, while at the same time simulating and optimizing high-fidelity virtual prototype models on the world’s most powerful compute clusters. Continue reading

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Paris, France — Rescale is pleased to announce and its project Vahana as a groundbreaking new customer. Project Vahana is turning the dream of personal air transportation into an exciting reality. Vahana makes a bold proposal to extend the freedom of flight to everyone—not just those with pilot’s licenses—by introducing an autonomous, pilotless aircraft.

During the design phase of this vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft, has a huge design space to explore. Designers are looking for sci-fi inspired shapes, structural engineers are concerned with weight, and aerodynamicists want sleek, high-performance flight surfaces.  By facilitating on-demand simulation software and fast, scalable big compute resources, Rescale has enabled to create a huge number of virtual prototypes to cover the design space and please all stakeholders. has been able to run thousands of simulations to achieve the optimal design, all achieved with a minimal in-house IT footprint.

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Rescale has partnered with Ohio Supercomputer Center, a national center that drives research and development in computational science and the applications of supercomputing, since 2015. Under the partnership, Rescale allows joint customers to run over 200 pre-installed, pre-tuned HPC applications on OSC’s specialized HPC infrastructure with zero setup or installation. Keep reading for a candid discussion with Alan Chalker, OSC’s director of strategic programs, about the ways Rescale and OSC together enable specialized supercomputing on-demand.

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Rescale: Can you start off by introducing yourself and describing your role at Ohio Supercomputer Center?

Alan Chalker: I’m Alan Chalker. I am director of strategic programs and the director of AweSim, which is our industrial engagement program. I’m responsible for all of our non-academic engagements. That includes engagement with the federal government, state government, nonprofit hospitals, and things like that.

Rescale:  What should we know about OSC?

Alan Chalker: OSC was created in 1987 by the state of Ohio. The bill that created OSC, House Bill 171 signed on June 30, 1987, recognized OSC as an economic development asset for the state and therefore required engagement with both industry and academia. That’s what sets us apart from many of the other centers—since day one, we have had a charter to serve both academics, who are the primary clients, but also industry. Because we’re viewed by the state economic development entity as an attraction agent, we can serve companies outside of Ohio. By allowing companies outside of Ohio to use our center and see the cool things we’re doing here, we raise awareness of Ohio as a good place to work and do business. Fundamentally, our goal is to provide infrastructure and computational services. We are not just providing a computer and saying “Have at it.” We are very different than AWS because we provide a wide variety of products and services, including expertise, software, hardware, and software development tools.

The current three systems we have are Oakley, named after Annie Oakley; Ruby, after Ruby Dee; and Owens, after Jesse Owens—all named after famous Ohioans. Owens is an $8 million system we acquired late last year; it has 23,000 cores in it. It’s the 202nd most powerful non-distributed computer in the world according to the TOP500 list. It has the latest generation of Intel processors, which are called Broadwell, and very high-speed InfiniBand interconnect. We’re providing leading-edge capability that you can’t get anywhere else.

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Guest post by Seth Morris, Aerodynamicist, Richard Childress Racing

In the world of stock-car racing, finding even the smallest competitive advantage is the difference between winning and losing.

That’s why at Richard Childress Racing, we design and build our race cars end-to-end. We engineer and machine our own chassis and suspension components, we design and fabricate our own bodies, and we test and build our own engines. Everything is built from the ground up at RCR.

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Perhaps that’s why we’ve been so successful over our 48 year history – dating back to 1969 when our owner, Richard Childress, got his start in NASCAR. Since then, we’ve won 17 championships and 200 races and became the first team to win in all three of NASCAR’s top touring series. Richard’s partnership with the legendary Dale Earnhardt made RCR an elite organization with six Cup Series championships stretching from 1986 to 1994.

Today, RCR has eight full-time race teams, 500-plus employees, a 40-acre campus with an engineering staff of over 50, ranging from mechanical design, aerodynamics, simulation, strategy, and research and development. Our aerodynamics team is six engineers strong with another four fabricators tasked with crafting the components for testing in the wind tunnel. Three of these six engineers are dedicated to simulating the aerodynamics of the car using computational fluid dynamics (CFD).

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