Wednesday, April 20th 2022

AMD EPYC Processors Power Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Racing Team

AMD and the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One (F1) Team today showcased how AMD EPYC processors improved aerodynamics testing capacity, contributing to the Mercedes-AMG Petronas team winning its eighth Constructors' Championship in the 2021 racing season. By using AMD EPYC processors, the team was able to achieve a 20 percent performance improvement for computational fluid dynamics (CFD) workloads that were used to model and test aerodynamic flow of their F1 car.

"We are proud to partner with the reigning Constructors' Champions, the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team, operating at the cutting edge of racing and technology," said, Dan McNamara, senior vice president and general manager, Server Business Unit, AMD. "For F1 teams, having the most effective computational analysis of aerodynamics can mean 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 their previous system."
By using AMD EPYC processors, the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team is pushing the boundaries of what is possible with CFD by developing groundbreaking aerodynamics while delivering the price-performance required to meet budget regulations put in place by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA). Aerodynamics are some of the most complex, technical workloads among F1 teams and require advanced processors and servers to run the analyses and benchmarks. Furthermore, the FIA has developed an intricate framework dictating how much CFD performance and wind tunnel time F1 teams are allowed to use, in an effort to avoid giving an unfair competitive advantage to the teams with more resources.

"AMD EPYC processors offer us a platform that delivers aerodynamic performance day after day at the highest possible level while meeting our goal of faster turnaround time for design iteration," said Simon Williams, Head of Aero Development Software at Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1. "Incredibly, we gained a 20 percent performance improvement over our previous system which has cut our CFD workload time in half. This is a big step compared to the past one or two percent gains seen with previous systems."

AMD and Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team first announced a multi-year partnership in 2020, combining the two companies' passion for extreme performance. To learn more about the work AMD and Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team have done, visit this link.
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12 Comments on AMD EPYC Processors Power Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Racing Team

#1
Oasis
This tops the AMD bike! :D
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#2
the54thvoid
Did that Epyc chip help introduce the bouncy ride for this season's car? Bad timing for PR.
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#3
Chaitanya
the54thvoidDid that Epyc chip help introduce the bouncy ride for this season's car? Bad timing for PR.
Very bad indeed.
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#4
Xex360
I think the current formula has stupid limits on many aspects of performance, it's a pity they could've revolutionised aerodynamics.
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#5
Fluffmeister
The FIA have spent years desperately trying to slow Mercedes down, it seems they have finally succeeded.
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#6
Zareek
FluffmeisterThe FIA have spent years desperately trying to slow Mercedes down, it seems they have finally succeeded.
I doubt it will last very long. They didn't fall too far anyway, podiums 2 out of 3 races is nothing to sneeze at.
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Chaitanya
ZareekI doubt it will last very long. They didn't fall too far anyway, podiums 2 out of 3 races is nothing to sneeze at.
Those podiums were thanks to PU failures in cars ahead of them.
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#8
EatingDirt
the54thvoidDid that Epyc chip help introduce the bouncy ride for this season's car? Bad timing for PR.
I mean... AMD doesn't make the the physics math that is input into whatever program they use, their CPU just crunches the numbers it's given. I guess maybe the layman wouldn't understand that.

Of course, if Mercedes comes with a new update this weekend that puts them at pace on the top, then it's a great timing for PR.
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#9
the54thvoid
EatingDirtI guess maybe the layman wouldn't understand that.
Nor would they understand the tongue in cheek nature of the post.
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#10
Zareek
ChaitanyaThose podiums were thanks to PU failures in cars ahead of them.
True, but the competitors' reliability issues all factor into the end result. The point is, it's not like Mercedes is now a mid-field team. They are and will be in the points, barring reliability issues or a crash. Also, I'm not really a Mercedes fan. In-fact, I struggle to really cheer for a single team. I like several of the drivers more than any single team. That being said, I still feel like Mercedes will bounce back. Hopefully, not this season or until it's too late to win another Constructor's championship.
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#11
KLiKzg
FluffmeisterThe FIA have spent years desperately trying to slow Mercedes down, it seems they have finally succeeded.
No, they have done it themselves. Wrong position of intakes & "smaller bottle down positioned bulges" are bad for aerodynamics.

So they need to redo the whole bottom side of the car to get more downforce on mid-read spoiler. & that would give them a fighting chance back to Ferrari / RB league. :cool:
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#12
noel_fs
pretty bad times to go with mercedes wtf?
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