Subaru heeds Oracle for high performance computing

Subaru has moved its simulation and 3D visualisation workloads responsible for improving the quality of collision safety performance and driving performance to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). 

Oracle said that, as a result, Subaru was able to improve its development cycle, gain significant efficiencies and reduce operational costs by reducing computational timeframes by 20% with high performance computing (HPC) on OCI.

With a focus on improving drivers’ “Enjoyment and Peace of Mind,” Subaru is implementing improvements to enhance design and development efficiency, agility, and flexibility. 

To achieve this, Subaru recognised it needed to increase the resources supporting its computationally intensive HPC workloads that perform vast and complex simulations to improve its vehicles’ collision safety and performance. 

Aware of how cloud technology is being used in the automotive industry to provide HPC resources to support computer aided engineering (CAE) simulations, Subaru selected OCI to move its large HPC workloads of up to tens of thousands of cores to OCI from an on-premises environment.

“Being able to quickly conduct the vast number of simulations needed to improve crash safety and driving performance is a key focus for us,” said Yoshihiro Takekuma of Subaru’s Engineering Information Management Department.

“We selected OCI HPC to improve the speed of computations of collision simulations and to optimise costs,” said Takekuma. “OCI gives us access to the cloud tools we need so we can automate and run jobs seamlessly, enabling faster design and development.”

Using OCI bare metal HPC computing, coupled with fast cluster networking, which delivers less than 2 microseconds of latency and 100 Gbps of bandwidth, Subaru now has the computing resources it needs to scale rapidly to meet demand peaks. 

Previously, system expansion within its on-premises environments was often restricted by lack of space, power, cost, and IT resources. 

Since using OCI to deliver consistent high performance and greater stability for its computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations, Subaru has been able to make improvements to the internal acoustics of its vehicles to deliver a quieter drive. 

OCI has also enabled Subaru to eliminate any variation in computation of collision analysis, by providing ideal conditions to perform structural calculations.

“In automotive engineering, having access to powerful and affordable HPC, is essential to run the computationally intensive and highly latency sensitive simulations and calculations needed to deliver the best outcomes when it comes to car safety and the driving experience,” said Karan Batta, VP of OCI.