"This has created a mentality in Formula One where the engineers are really only comfortable in refinement.
"They don't really do innovation, and that is destroying Formula One."
Mad Max wrote:This has created a mentality in Formula One where the engineers are really only comfortable in refinement.
They don't really do innovation, and that is destroying Formula One.
Metar wrote:I was thinking about such a thing for a while - I'd love to donate my PC's spare flops towards CFD for the teams...
But would they share their info with anonymous PCs, potentially giving up secrets to rival teams? Perhaps encrypted work?
And could CFD-work be effectively "split" into several different calculations? I assume that even when you split it into half-half, the complex interactions will be missed unless it's all run together. I know even the ancient MATLAB came with split-computing functions: Surely the teams, which already operate thousands of cores at a time, could manage to split them?
As for that company - do you mean offering a whole machine, with team branding? I'm a big Renault fan, but even I wouldn't want that ING on my desk.
Metar wrote:Only if the RenaultF1 logo wasn't ING-branded.
But yes. If this idea materializes, I'm buying one (need a new PC anyway in the next year or two - mine's already a few years old). I doubt teams will spring for that quite that early, but I'm already wasting hours a day with the PC barely doing any work, so I might as well help F1 make cheaper progress. Considering the advertisement benefits, teams and their sponsors might actually "subsidize" these, and offer cheapish high-end machines in return for x amount of calculations per month? I'm digging the idea of a Renault-sponsored i7 8800GT SLI setup.
They'll still have to get the hang of splitting CFD calculations into separate batches: I doubt our PCs could finish a high-quality simulation in less than a week of pure running, nevermind on/off screensaver-type work, and to run just a single part would be of little use, considering the airflow interacts between parts.
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