Company Uses Complex Simulations to Speed Design and Testing of Prototypes
SEATTLE, WA, Nov 07, 2005 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced
that leading golf equipment designer and manufacturer PING Inc. has
made a Cray XD1(TM) supercomputer a critical part of its research and
development program. Running Livermore Software Technology's LS-DYNA
computer-aided engineering (CAE) software on the Cray XD1 system,
PING has reduced the time needed to conduct preliminary structural
tests of new club designs from weeks to mere hours. The Cray XD1
system employs a high-performance computing (HPC) architecture that
allows designers to run larger, more detailed simulations with
greater accuracy than was possible with a conventional engineering
By simulating golf club characteristics on the Cray supercomputer
using finite element analysis (FEA) techniques, PING engineers can
eliminate weak or ineffective designs before they move on to more
expensive and time-consuming physical prototyping, which involves
molding an actual club and testing it using a robotic golfer to
precisely hit the balls. It generally takes the company about three
to four weeks to produce a physical prototype.
PING tests new club designs on the supercomputer by creating a
three-dimensional matrix that closely approximates how the equipment
would perform in real life. The system can simulate the impact of a
club head against a ball, the bending of the shaft during a stroke,
the stability of a putter while in motion and other complex problems.
With these capabilities, the PING design team can, for example,
identify areas of low stress and virtually reposition weight to other
areas of the club, increasing performance while maintaining the
original balance and feel.
"PING is committed to ensuring that the innovations we design into
our golf clubs result in solid improvements that make the game more
enjoyable for our customers," said Eric Morales, staff engineer and
FEA design analyst at PING. "With the Cray XD1 system, we can now run
simulations in minutes that previously took several hours or even
days on a generic workstation. The LS-OPT design optimization and
probabilistic analysis package that we use to compute the best design
features within specified parameters demands a complex simulation
environment that can run jobs across multiple processors
simultaneously. That level of computing would have been impossible on
our previous system."
"The business advantages that PING will gain through virtual
equipment prototyping showcases the power and versatility of the Cray
XD1 system's purpose-built, high-performance design," said Himanshu
Misra, CAE business manager at Cray. "PING demonstrates that the
benefits of HPC are no longer confined to scientific and large-scale
engineering organizations. Enterprises of many kinds are increasingly
taking advantage of supercomputing to bring better products to
market, increase productivity and sharpen their competitive edge in
About the Cray XD1 Supercomputer
The Cray XD1 supercomputer combines direct-connect system
architecture, HPC-optimized Linux, management and reconfigurable
computing technologies to deliver industry-leading performance on
real-world applications. Purpose-built for demanding HPC applications
such as computational chemistry, environmental forecasting and CAE,
the Cray XD1 system lets users simulate, analyze and solve complex
problems more quickly and accurately. The x86-based Cray XD1 system
supports a broad range of 32- and 64-bit HPC applications on AMD
Opteron single- or dual-core processors. The system also provides
application acceleration capabilities using field-programmable gate
array (FPGA) technology directly connected to the Cray XD1 compute
About Cray Inc.
As the global leader in HPC, Cray provides innovative supercomputing
systems that enable scientists and engineers in government, industry
and academia to meet both existing and future computational
challenges. Building on years of experience in designing, developing,
marketing and servicing the world's most advanced supercomputers,
Cray offers a comprehensive portfolio of HPC systems that deliver
unrivaled sustained performance on a wide range of applications. Go
to www.cray.com for more information.
About PING Inc.
Founded in 1959 in the garage of the late Karsten Solheim, PING
designs, manufactures and markets a complete line of golf equipment
that includes metal woods, irons, putters and golf bags. The
family-owned company is credited with numerous innovations that have
revolutionized the industry. Among PING's advances have been
perimeter weighting, individualized custom fitting and the use of
investment casting in the manufacture of clubs. PING game-improvement
products can be found in more than 70 countries. Go to
www.pinggolf.com for more information.
Safe Harbor Statement
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certain factors that could cause Cray's execution plans to differ
materially from those anticipated by the statements above. These
include the technical challenges of developing high-performance
computing systems, the successful porting of application programs to
Cray computer systems, reliance on third-party suppliers, Cray's
ability to keep up with rapid technological change and Cray's ability
to compete against larger, more established companies and innovative
competitors. For a discussion of these and other risks, see "Factors
That Could Affect Future Results" in Cray's most recent Quarterly
Report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC.
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" We're doing a lot of work with finite element. The results of that is in a lot of these clubs. We just ordered a new Cray Supercomputer so we don't have to wait 48 hours for the results on the finite element. We get it in about 15 minutes. The only problem is, when you run through a test like that, it takes 6 to 8 hours to set up for that run. This way more of our guys can be feeding that."
PING's John Solheim in GolfBusinessWire.com