Public-Private Partnership to Advance Research in Automotive TechnologiesSEATTLE, WA and HEIDELBERG, GERMANY, Mar 13, 2008 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced
that its German subsidiary has joined the Automotive Simulation
Center Stuttgart (ASCS), a groundbreaking and innovative
public-private partnership aimed at advancing the automobile industry
through high-performance computing (HPC). Composed of software
designers, scientists and researchers and top automobile
manufacturers, ASCS will combine the expertise of key scientists and
industry representatives with leading-edge supercomputing
technologies to conduct research aimed at developing quiet, low
pollution vehicles; creating products for the market that reduce fuel
consumption, lower CO2 emissions and enhance safety; increasing cost
efficiency and speeding time to market with new products.
ASCS members include the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart
at the University of Stuttgart in Germany, automobile manufacturers
Porsche, Daimler and Opel and software vendors ABAQUS, Altair
Engineering, DYNAmore, Engineous Software and INTES, among others.
ASCS will utilize industry-leading supercomputing technologies at the
High Performance Computing Center at the University of Stuttgart.
"Groundbreaking advancements in both science and industry come about
through the collaboration of scientific expertise and the most
innovative and highly scalable technology," said Peter Ungaro,
president and CEO of Cray. "ASCS is bringing together industry
experts and top scientists with the aim of developing products and
energy-efficient technologies as well as enhancing product development
and optimization practices for the automobile industry throughout the
world. We are thrilled to be part of this project and look forward
to seeing and benefiting from the innovations that result."
The initial funding for the project was provided by the Ministry of
Science of the federal state of Baden-Wuerttemberg and the University
of Stuttgart. The ultimate goal is to establish ASCS as a non-profit
organization to be funded through membership fees and third-party
contributions. The first ASCS projects on fuel injection
optimization and increasing product development efficiencies are now
"ASCS provides the opportunity for Cray to engage with both
industrial HPC users and software vendors at the earliest stage of
the mathematical simulation process," said Dr. Ulla Thiel, vice
president of Cray Europe. "We helped found ASCS as part of Cray's
growing R&D commitment in Europe and to the ongoing collaboration
between science and industry. We are delighted to offer industrial
customers access to Cray's strong HPC expertise through this
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