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ŠKODA AUTO puts supercomputer into operation

ŠKODA AUTO puts supercomputer into operation

31. 10. 2019

Up to two quadrillion computing operations per second optimise aerodynamics simulations and help with the development of new safety features as well as engine development.

As one of the leading IT companies in the Czech Republic, ŠKODA AUTO is to operate the country’s most powerful commercial supercomputer at its headquarters in Mladá Boleslav from now on. With a computing capacity of two petaFLOPS (floating point operations per second), it performs two quadrillion computing operations per second, thus allowing extensive aerodynamics simulations to be run. ŠKODA AUTO will also use the computing capacity for the development of new safety features and future engines. The capacity of the data centre will increase to 15 petaFLOPS in future, meaning that the number of computing operations will increase to 15 quadrillion per second. The car manufacturer’s data centre ensures the highest level of data security and, thanks to well-thought-out structural solutions, contributes to the consistent and sustainable optimisation of energy usage.

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The computing power will gradually be increased to 15 petaFLOPS, corresponding to 15 quadrillion computing operations per second and increasing the current data processing speed approximately tenfold. Thus, the ŠKODA data centre will be capable of extremely challenging high-performance computing (HPC) in future. Technical Development and Production will be using the capacities for visualisations, virtual reality presentations and simulations (such as in the further development of topics relating to pedestrian protection), for simulations in aeroacoustics and aerodynamics, and for the further development of the engine portfolio.

In future, the data of connected cars will also be stored at the computing centre; for this, the highest possible data protection requirements apply. Furthermore, as part of ‘Green Data’, which is an integral part of the company’s ‘Green Future’ strategy, the office buildings will be heated using the waste heat generated when cooling the data centre in future, for example.

ŠKODA AUTO’s IT department is one of the largest of its kind in the Czech Republic and ranks among the fastest growing business areas. The team of experts, which is also responsible for the new data centre, is constantly scouting for new, talented employees. Currently, there are numerous vacancies being advertised – ranging from experts in AI to SAP specialists as well as data and business analysts. Successful applicants can look forward to working in an ultramodern, state-of-the-art work environment.

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