Boeing to certify Indian supercomputer


New Delhi : The Boeing Company said Wednesday it is partnering with Computational Research Laboratory (CRL), a subsidiary of the Tata Group, to test and validate one of the world’s fastest supercomputers, the Indian-made Eka system.

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“The Eka system is the fourth fastest supercomputer in the world and the fastest in Asia as rated by the International Conference for High Performance Computing Networking Storage and Analysis and will be used by CRL to run a programme that will model high lift aerodynamic simulations in three dimensions for Boeing,” the company statement said.

“As part of the collaboration, Boeing has shared information with CRL on the processes needed to conduct numerical simulations on high lift aerodynamics. Boeing will also provide CRL with wind tunnel and flight test data for comparison purposes,” the statement added.

High lift aerodynamic simulations play a critical role in the design and development of airplane wings by simulating how shapes and structures respond to airflows.

“The Boeing-Tata partnership is strong and growing. This collaboration with Tata is another example of the mutually beneficial partnerships that Boeing is developing in India,” said Ian Thomas, president of Boeing India.

“Through such high value interactions, Indian industry is entering Boeing’s global aerospace supply chain,” he added.

“In keeping with our pioneering tradition, the Tata Group has set up Computation Research Laboratories to achieve a position of global leadership in high-performance computing,” CRL chairman S. Ramadorai said.

“CRL is delighted to partner with Boeing to provide design and simulation support to accelerate Boeing’s research ideas to markets,” he added.

Boeing is the world’s leading aerospace company and the largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft combined. Headquartered in Chicago, Boeing employs more than 160,000 people across the United States and in 70 countries.

CRL is an integrated “atoms-to-applications” provider of solutions to end-users of high performance computing (HPC).

Set up as a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Sons Ltd., CRL is engaged in innovation in all areas of HPC with a firm focus on providing path-breaking solutions from an applications perspective.

With a strong network of industrial and university partners, CRL is poised to effect a paradigm-shift in all areas of science and technology, engineering, business, finance, economics, media and entertainment and areas yet to be thought of.