Many technology giants including Waymo, as well as traditional car brands, are accelerating the layout of the field of autopilot. Continental is no exception, having created a new supercomputer dedicated to the development of advanced driving assistance technology.
the supercomputer is built from more than 50 NVIDIA DGX systems and has been running since the beginning of this year. This supercomputer has greatly improved the computing power of the supercomputer. In the same amount of time, researchers can now run more than 14 times as many tests as before.
while it’s hard to say that it’s the most powerful supercomputer in the automotive industry, it’s certainly at the top. “It puts continental in an advantageous position,” said Phil van den Berge, vice president of NVIDIA automotive. Developing advanced driving assistance technology is a huge and intensive task, and having a dedicated architecture like this can help a lot. ”
Christian Schumacher, head of program management systems for Continental’s advanced driving assistance business unit, said: “this is the industry rule now, and the new supercomputer can realize what the company only dreamed of a decade ago.”
to help develop advanced automotive technology, Continental operates a large fleet of assessment teams around the world. They recorded a total of about 9300 miles a day and collected about 100TB of data in the process.
Schumacher said: “in the past, it was almost impossible to process such a large amount of data. But in the latest computing systems, tasks that used to take weeks can now be completed in just a few days, which is a huge improvement.
this supercomputer can not only analyze all the information collected from actual tests, but also synthesize data. “We can’t predict a lot of things that users encounter,” Schumacher said. The new system can imagine new simulation results out of thin air. Of course, this kind of test will never replace the physical vehicle and actual driving, but he pointed out that this ability is still very important in the development of driving assistance technology.