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Wirth Research in pole position with Bull

Posted on 22 February 2012 by Pierre Picard


Bull solutions, partnerships and services help Wirth develop race winning sports cars

Innovative engineering consultancy group, Wirth Research has signed a partnership agreement with IT solutions provider, Bull, which will help streamline its engineering design and development capabilities.

Under the terms of this long term contract, Bull will deliver 15 téraflops bullx® supercomputer Panasas ActiveStor™ storage and services to Wirth Research. Bull will also provide consultancy, enabling Wirth to optimise its use of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) within the Bull HPC environment and streamline the design process.

Wirth pioneers the use of advanced virtual engineering technologies, developed in-house, and, as part of a partnership with Honda Performance Development Inc (HPD), uses CFD for the design, development and manufacture of its multi championship winning ARX sports cars.

Nick Wirth, founder of Wirth Research, says, “in choosing Bull, we are moving away from the simple procurement of computing equipment, to instead work in partnership with Europe’s leading HPC provider. In so doing, we are focused on supporting what is important to us: success both on and off the race track.”

“By partnering with Bull, Wirth will ensure that they receive a complete end-to-end solution including consultancy and HPC expertise and a provider focused on the outcome of the project rather than the equipment in isolation,” says Andrew Carr, sales and marketing director, Bull Information Systems. “We will focus on what matters to Wirth which is delivering superior CFD technology, in turn adding to its tally of 33 race wins.”

The first tranche of Bull solutions are expected to be delivered to the Wirth Research headquarters before Christmas. The Bull IT team will then work with Wirth’s CFD team to understand the potential value and application performance impact of Intel’s new Sandy Bridge processors, alongside Wirth’s Panasas ActiveStor parallel storage, with a view to upgrading processors early in 2012.

Carr adds, “Bull recognises the importance of HPC to the high end engineering design sector in the UK. HPC gives engineering companies like Wirth Research the opportunity to drive innovation, understand more complex issues and make product development faster and more efficient. Ultimately, this kind of project has the potential to translate to renewed economic recovery by showing a positive impact on GDP.”

“Wirth symbolises the typical Panasas customer – an industry leader that drives innovation by maximising both performance and productivity,” says Anthony Yeates, vice president of sales, Panasas. “Furthermore, Panasas has made a significant investment in providing equipment to Bull with the goal of helping the industry understand the impact of leading edge technology on CFD performance. I am certain that this partnership will deliver benefits not only to Wirth, but industry-wide.”

In addition to its work on race car design, Wirth is also now starting to focus on evaluating the impact of aerodynamics on both the architectural world and the haulage industry, an initiative which has the potential to deliver extensive business and environmental benefits in the future.


About Wirth Research

Wirth Research is a group of innovative engineering companies specialising in research, development, design and manufacture for the motor racing industry and other high technology sectors. The companies pioneer the use of advanced virtual engineering technologies, developed in-house, which enable the use of a complete simulated vehicle design, development and testing process that reduces the need for costly and wasteful development models and prototype manufacture. For more information visit:


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