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Nissan Moves to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure for High-Performance Computing Featured

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Japanese multinational automobile manufacturer, Nissan, announced today it is migrating its on-premises, high-performance computing workloads to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure to bring new cars to market faster.

Nissan relies on a digital product design process to make quick and critical design decisions to improve the fuel efficiency, reliability and safety of its cars. 

By moving its performance and latency sensitive-engineering simulation workloads - including computational fluid dynamics, structural mechanics simulation and 3D visualisation - to Oracle Cloud, Nissan will be able to speed the design and testing of new cars.

Nissan makes use of software-based Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and structural simulation techniques to design and test cars for external aerodynamics and structural failures. These workloads require enormous computing power and Nissan has adopted a cloud-first strategy for its HPC platform to ensure engineers always have the compute capacity needed to run their complex situations.

The business will adopt Oracle Cloud’s HPC-optimised platform, which is the industry’s first and only Intel Xeon bare-metal HPC solution with Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) networking, to innovate its cars. It offers latencies of under two microseconds and 100Gbps bandwidth.

The solution gives Nissan higher performance and lowers costs at the same time.

“Nissan is a leader in adopting cloud-based high-performance computing for large scale workloads such as safety and CFD simulations,” said Bing Xu, General Manager, Engineering Systems Department, Nissan Motor Co, Ltd. “We selected Oracle Cloud Infrastructure’s HPC solutions to meet the challenges of increased simulation demand under constant cost savings pressure. I believe Oracle will bring significant ROI to Nissan.”

Nissan is one of the first automotive OEMs to leverage GPU technology in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure for structural simulation and remote visualisation. By using Oracle’s bare-metal GPU-accelerated hardware, Nissan reduces the cost and overhead of large data transfer, while ensuring that all the data generated by simulation jobs can easily be viewed in 3D OpenGL format in the cloud.

“Oracle is excited to work alongside Nissan to change digital product design and development, and help them build the next generation of award-winning vehicles,” said Clay Magouyrk, executive vice president, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. “Our mission has always been to build the best cloud infrastructure for enterprises, including computationally intensive and extremely latency-sensitive workloads that organisations like Nissan need to build the next generation of vehicles.”


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David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

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