June 22–26, 2014
Leipzig, Germany

Presentation Details

Name: High Power, Low Carbon Footprint – Why BMW Moved Their HPC Applications to a Data Center in Iceland
Time: Thursday, June 26, 2014
11:00 am - 11:30 am
Room:   Hall 3
CCL - Congress Center Leipzig
Breaks:10:30 am - 11:00 am Coffee Break
Speaker:   Tate Cantrell, Verne Global
  Wolfgang Burke, BMW
Abstract:   High Performance Computing (HPC) clusters are central to the operations of many manufacturing businesses and require significant resource in terms of designing their architecture, specification, build out and maintenance. What's more, HPC systems are hungry beasts. Although advances in processor design means that these systems are becoming more efficient, modern designs still draw megawatts of power. If systems are located in traditional metropolitan areas – as they have been up until now – it is likely that these operations will also be drawing energy from traditional coal, oil or gas-powered grids, creating a significant environmental impact that is linked with these activities.
This presentation from Verne Global and BMW provides an overview of how the automotive company set out to address its HPC power demands by moving a number of power-hungry applications to the Verne Global facility in Iceland, including crash simulations, aerodynamic calculations and computer aided design and engineering (CAD/CAE), all of which are critical to the development of BMW’s next generation of energy efficient vehicles. Due to the Icelandic location, the system is drawing energy from a renewable-powered grid (geothermal and hydroelectric), which has enabled BMW to cut carbon emissions associated with its HPC operations by 3,570 metric tons per year.