Oracle has announced that Nissan is migrating its on-premises, high-performance computing (HPC) workloads to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. To make quick and critical design decisions that will improve the fuel efficiency, reliability, and safety of its cars, Nissan makes use of the digital product design process. Shifting its performance and latency sensitive-engineering simulation workloads to Oracle Cloud will help Nissan to speed the design and testing of new cars.

Nissan particularly uses software-based Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and structural simulation techniques that will help it to test and design cars for external aerodynamics and structural failures. Oracle Cloud Infrastructures compute, storage, and networking services are optimized for High-performance Computing (HPC) applications. This will also allow Nissan to benefit from the industry’s first and only bare-metal HPC solution with Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) networking as it innovates cars. Nissan believes in higher performance and lower costs with the ability to run its engineering simulation workloads in the cloud smoothly.

“Nissan is a leader in adopting cloud-based high-performance computing for large scale workloads such as safety and CFD simulations,” said Bing Xu, General Manager, Engineering Systems Department, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., “We selected Oracle Cloud Infrastructure’s HPC solutions to meet the challenges of increased simulation demand under constant cost savings pressure. I believe Oracle will bring significant ROI to Nissan.”

To run extensive CFD and structural simulations, it requires tremendous amounts of computing power. Nissan has implemented a cloud-first approach for its HPC platform to ensure that its engineers are still capable of running its complex simulations.

Although public cloud providers have historically underserved the HPC market, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure offers an industry-first Intel Xeon-based bare-metal computing infrastructure with RDMA cluster networking. They were, thus, delivering latencies of less than two microseconds and 100 Gbps of bandwidth for large-scale HPC migration to the cloud.

Nissan is one of the first automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to use the GPU technology for structural modeling and remote visualization in Oracle’s Cloud Infrastructure. By using Oracle’s bare-metal GPU-accelerated hardware, Nissan reduces the cost and overhead of large data transfer, while ensuring all data created by simulation jobs can be readily displayed in the cloud’s 3D OpenGL format.

“Oracle is excited to work alongside Nissan to change digital product design and development, and help them build the next generation of award-winning vehicles,” said Clay Magouyrk, Executive Vice President, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. “Our mission has always been to build the best cloud infrastructure for enterprises, including computationally intensive and extremely latency-sensitive workloads that organizations like Nissan need to build the next generation of vehicles.”