Nissan Moves to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure for HPC

Nissan Motor Co. is migrating its on-premise, high-performance computing (HPC) workloads to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. Nissan relies on a digital product design process to make quick and critical design decisions to improve the fuel efficiency, reliability and safety of its cars. By moving its performance and latency sensitive-engineering simulation workloads to Oracle Cloud, Nissan expects to be able to speed the design and testing of new cars.

Specifically, Nissan uses software-based Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and structural simulation techniques to design and test cars for external aerodynamics and structural failures. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure's compute, networking, and storage services optimized for HPC applications will allow Nissan to benefit from the industry's first and only bare-metal HPC solution with RDMA networking as it innovates cars. Nissan anticipates higher performance and lowers costs with the ability to easily run their engineering simulation workloads in the cloud.

"Nissan is a leader in adopting cloud-based high performance computing for large scale workloads such as safety and CFD simulations," said Bing Xu, general manager, engineering systems department, Nissan Motor Co. "We selected Oracle Cloud Infrastructure's HPC solutions to meet the challenges of increased simulation demand under constant cost savings pressure."

Running large CFD and structural simulations requires tremendous amounts of compute power. Nissan has adopted a cloud-first strategy for its HPC platform to ensure its engineers always have the compute capacity needed to run their complex simulations. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure delivers an Intel Xeon based bare-metal compute infrastructure with RDMA cluster networking, offering latencies of under 2 microseconds and 100 Gbps bandwidth, enabling large scale HPC migrations to the cloud.

Nissan is one of the first automotive OEMs to leverage GPU technology in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure for structural simulation and remote visualization. By using Oracle's bare-metal GPU-accelerated hardware, Nissan reduces the cost and overhead of large data transfer, while ensuring that all the data generated by simulation jobs can easily be viewed in 3D OpenGL format in the cloud.

Oracle's unique cloud HPC solutions enable customers to run performance-intensive HPC jobs on demand instead of having to buy fixed, on-premise capacity. With Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, Nissan can launch tens of thousands of cores and GPU-based high-end visualization servers with tremendous flexibility, enabling them to dynamically change compute and remote 3D visualization based on the needs of its engineers.

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