In Formula 1, as the old saying goes, speed is everything.
In what is proving to be a season of transition and eye-opening excitement, having the edge over your rivals has never been more important as a new set of rules and regulations have shaken up the grid.
Having won the last eight constructors’ world championships, Mercedes F1, home to seven-time drivers’ champion Lewis Hamilton, has struggled a lot so far this season, far behind Ferrari and Red Bull.
However, the team know they can always turn to one of the major computer companies to help take it to the next level, after revealing more about its extended partnership with AMD.
The semiconductor company provided its second-generation EPYC processors to help boost the team’s aero testing, a critical part of developing a potentially winning car.
“We are proud to partner with reigning constructor champions, the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One team, operating at the cutting edge of racing and technology,” said Dan McNamara, SVP & GM, Server Business Unit , AMD.
“For F1 teams, having the most effective computer analysis of aerodynamics can be the difference between winning and losing a race. With AMD EPYC processors, the Mercedes-AMG F1 team can iterate on vehicle design faster and more efficiently than its previous system.
In a blog post expanding on the news, AMD noted how Mercedes F1 was able to improve the performance of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) workloads by 20% that were used to model and test their car’s aerodynamic flow. F1 using its EPYC processors.
With gigabytes of data resulting from wind tunnel testing and simulations, aerodynamics have never been more valuable to a Formula 1 team, especially now that the sport’s governing body, the FIA, has introduced tough rules governing the number of tests that can be performed in one attempt. level the playing field between rich and poor teams.
This includes a budget cap of $140 million for spending on compute resources, which includes money spent on servers – with that amount set to drop to just $135 million in 2023. About 1,800 new geometry simulations are allowed over an eight-week testing period, so wringing out every piece of information is vital.
After signing a three-year deal to use second-generation EPYC hardware, Mercedes are now hoping for increased track fortunes as Hamilton and teammate (and fellow Briton) George Russell seek to improve results.
“AMD EPYC processors give us a platform that delivers day-in and day-out aerodynamic performance at the highest level possible while meeting our goal of faster turnaround time for design iteration,” said Simon Williams, aerodynamic development software at Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1.
“Incredibly, we achieved a 20% performance improvement over our previous system, which cut our CFD workload time in half. This is a big step up from previous gains of 1 or 2% seen with previous systems. »