SGI Solutions Underpin Winning Formula at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

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SUNNYVALE, Calif. and READING, England, July 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Having won more than 150 Grands Prix, 11 drivers’ and eight constructors’ world titles, McLaren is one of the most successful teams in the history of Formula 1. Vodafone McLaren Mercedes currently has a 27-point lead in the 2007 constructors’ world championship, with its drivers Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso lying first and second in the drivers’ standings. Rookie Hamilton also secured consecutive podium finishes in the first nine of the season’s races — something no other Formula 1 driver has ever achieved in their first year of racing.
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McLaren had been using CFD for a number of years when, in 2005, it appointed SGI as its official supplier for CFD supercomputing, storage and visualization equipment. McLaren’s initial purchase included an SGI(R) Altix(R) supercomputer, visualization solutions, SGI(R) InfiniteStorage system and the SGI(R) InfiniteStorage CXFS(TM) shared filesystem. The company has subsequently added to this investment in July 2007, with the addition of (and ongoing enhancements to) two further SGI Altix supercomputers, and the recent introduction of the SGI(R) InfiniteStorage Data Migration Facility (DMF).
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