Brilliant engineering, blink and you'd miss it

Posted in: Computing Services, High Performance Computing (HPC)

You would not see a car travelling at 1000 miles per hour across the Bath Rugby Rec if you blinked.  This seems a shame but, to be fair, the Bloodhound car is unlikely to use the Bath Rugby Rec as a test site as it will need 11 miles of desert to go from 0 to 1000 to 0 mph.

Thank you to Mark Chapman, Chief Engineer of the Bloodhound SSC Project, who delivered the key note talk at the 2015 HPC symposium in June.   He brought to life the aim of Bloodhound:

The BLOODHOUND Project is a global Engineering Adventure, using a 1000 mph World Land Speed Record attempt to inspire the next generation about science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Ingredients for an engineering adventure

He highlighted that high performance computing (HPC) is a necessary ingredient to solving engineering problems, but that equally important was being open to alternatives.  The problems are diverse and interesting where the team needs to find the sweet spot where achieving one thing doesn't lead you to losing all else.  For example, you need a tyre that is light enough for speed but not so light that it would only survive one revolution at the speed needed.

HPC symposiums and the HPC community at the University of Bath

The HPC symposium is a chance for the the HPC community to get together and share knowledge.  The variety of presentations and the quality of the research is inspiring and it illustrates how the University of Bath profits from having a local HPC facility.

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