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Building High Speed Boats

Supercomputing Wales is contributing to the dream of building the world’s fastest boat.

Dr Ben Evans and the team of Supercomputing Wales Research Software Engineers at Swansea University are working with Norson Design to harness the power of supercomputing to develop faster, safer, more cost-effective vessels.

To address the design challenges presented by the complex behaviours of spray and turbulence, as well as an interaction surface between the boats which is dynamically-changing and a complicated shape, researchers at Swansea University applied methods used widely in aerodynamics. With HPC, the design team could use state-of-the-art techniques, like shape optimisation, and artificial intelligence techniques to efficiently generate AI-developed aero and hydrodynamic profiles for high-speed vessels.

“A typical simulation uses 450 compute cores running for 72 hours to get about 0.5 seconds of physically simulated time. It would take years on a desktop,” says Dr. Ed Bennett, Research Software Engineer at Swansea University.

“With supercomputing resources, it’s exciting to see advances in the marine industry. We are working on radical boat designs based on hydrodynamics and aerodynamics, carefully optimising the hull to help create the world’s fastest boat, and we’re very excited to see how it’s going to turn out.”

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