TechWeb: Loren Miller, director of IT research, development and engineering at tyre maker Goodyear, thinks he can easily make the case for wider corporate use of supercomputing technology.
Simulations made possible by supercomputing have enabled Goodyear to gradually reduce the amount of money it spends on building physical tyre prototypes, from 40 per cent of its total research and development budget to just 15 per cent, Miller said last week. The US-based company is using the money it saves to fund more research work.
"From our standpoint, the results have been dramatic," Miller said at the Supercomputing 2005 conference here. Other companies in the US need to realise that they can gain a competitive advantage from high-performance computing systems, he added.