The BMW Group is one of the most successful manufacturers of automobiles and motorcycles in the world with its BMW, MINI, Husqvarna Motorcycles, and Rolls-Royce brands. As a global company, the BMW Group operates 25 production and assembly facilities in 14 countries and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries. In 2011, the BMW Group sold about 1.67 million cars and more than 113,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax for the financial year 2010 was euro 4.8 billion on revenues amounting to euro 60.5 billion. At 31 December 2010, the BMW Group had a workforce of approximately 95,500 employees. IT is central to the company’s operations, particularly the use of high-performance computing (HPC) in all elements of vehicle design and production.
The company uses high-performance computing elementary cells for all aspects of vehicle design. It has nine of these cells, or clusters, each with approximately 134 nodes. Each node has two processors. The cells run a range of HPC software including CFX*, Dassault Systeme’s Abaqus* and Exa Powerflow*. BMW wanted to add new capacity to its cells to cover the increased use of simulation in all of its design departments.
BMW was interested to evaluate the performance of the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family in a very early stage of development to see whether it could be a candidate for the next cluster extension. Eighteen months before the processor came to the marketplace, the company was providing feedback to Intel about how it performs executing the specific BMW workload.
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