The Center for Collision Safety and
Analysis (CCSA) at George Mason
University was established in 2013 in
partnership with the National Center
for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS).
Today, this partnership is setting new
standards for collaborative research
among government agencies, industry,
CCSA is dedicated to optimizing vehicle
safety. Researchers who draw on the
center’s HPC resources, including detailed
vehicle and hardware models, employ
computer modeling and simulation
technologies, real-world data analysis, and
experimental test methods to optimize
vehicle safety and assess improvements.
The center also works to provide focused
education and training programs for
future scientists and engineers.
Computer modeling and predictive
simulation enable researchers to
accurately visualize the complex physical
and material interactions that take place
during a collision without the steep
costs and complexity of running tests
that wreck actual vehicles. The insight
researchers gain though modeling and
simulation guides the development of
innovative new materials and designs
that help optimize vehicle safety.
“We are a research center,” says Steve
Kan, the CCSA director. “We conduct
research for government agencies and
private industry, and we collaborate
with other universities to use modeling
and simulation technologies to look at
transportation safety and security topics.
We apply the latest technologies to the
real-world application side.”
A focus on small and
Today, CCSA is working with NCMS and
HP to make high-performance computing
resources available to small and midsize
automobile parts manufacturers who
typically can’t afford to buy and operate
their own HPC clusters. The goal is to
give them hands-on access to leading-edge HPC hardware and sophisticated—
and costly—modeling and simulation.
Get to market faster with higher-quality products
HPC Innovation Hubs
As part of the HP-Intel Innovation Initiative, small-to-medium manufacturers can access the power of high-performance computing on-demand to innovate and compete
Run hundreds to thousands of
design simulations per day
As a manufacturer, you’re challenged to get to market
quickly with high-quality products that meet a rapidly
shifting set of customer expectations and regulations.
Advanced simulation and modeling software can enhance
the design and development process by enabling you to
run hundreds to thousands of design simulations per day.
This reduces the need for time-consuming and expensive
physical prototyping cycles and allows you to model
multiple scenarios quickly to hone in on the optimum
design. As a result, you can get to market faster, with
But these powerful simulation and modeling applications
require massive amounts of compute resources—provided
by high- performance computing (HPC) clusters—to run
them. And most small-to-medium manufacturers (SMMs)
lack the budget, IT expertise, and infrastructure to handle
advanced modeling and simulation demands.
Access to HPC resources and
With the HP-Intel Innovation Initiative, when it comes to
leveraging HPC to supercharge your competitive ability,
you don’t have to have massive resources to invest in HPC
solutions.And you don’t have to go it alone.
Supercomputing is a team sport
HP has strong roots in the manufacturing industry,
with proven capabilities and established relationships
spanning the full manufacturing lifecycle, as well as insights,
expertise, and technologies for designing and building HPC
clusters that leverage Intel processors and co-processors.
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