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Sunday, January 07, 2007

Star-P for Futuristic Military Vehicles Design

Until now, running full simulations of vehicle computer models in serial mode has taken too long to be fully utilised in the acquisition process, even when running on state-of-the-art serial hardware. The US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) hopes to cut the time to perform computationally intensive simulations by orders of magnitude with Interactive Supercomputing’s (ISC) Star-P software , an interactive parallel computing platform that will enable TARDEC scientists to use their existing serial models developed in C or FORTRAN languages, automatically parallelising the code run on parallel servers or clusters. Star-P lets users continue to work with their preferred tools, languages and desktop environments, shielding them from the programming complexities of parallel systems.

'Interactive Supercomputing' (ISC) received this subcontract from TARDEC to transform its internally-developed ground vehicle performance and reliability software to run on parallel computers. The initial phse of the project aims to predict the reliability of the HMMWV M-1097, the Army’s biggest ‘Humvee’-class vehicle designed to provide safe transport of troops, equipment and cargo in rugged, hostile environments. If successful, the research could contribute to future development in robotic, plug-in electric and other advanced vehicle combat systems.


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