World's fastest supercomputer helps develop longer lasting tyres
442 quadrillion calculations per second means this computer can crunch the numbers for simulating tyre wear and performance
Falken’s parent company, Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. (SRI) has become one of the first industrial sector users to access the world’s most powerful computer, the new ‘exascale’ Fugaku supercomputer. SRI is using this high-performance computer to expand its materials simulation capabilities at the smallest particle level, which is supporting the development of long-lasting vehicle tyres required for future mobility.
To date Fugako has been used to accelerate new drug development, look at the early detection of diseases a as well accurate the prediction of tornadoes and the simulation of earthquakes, and tsunamis but now it will also turn making better tyres.
You can test tyres on the track but in the future, more of it will be done with simulation
SRI and Falken’s tyre engineers previously used Japan’s K-supercomputer to launch its 4D NANO Design process that led to a step change in performance of Falken’s tyre range, resulting in an ever-growing list of accolades and OE fitments. The powerful Fugaku supercomputer – which has up to 100 times the application performance of its predecessor, and is capable of performing approximately 442 quadrillion calculations per second – will bring further advancements. It will support the chemistry progress needed for next-generation efficient, durable ‘smart tyres’, developed in response to the changing requirements that connected, autonomous and electrified vehicles need to contribute to the mobility society of the future.
One key application of Fugaku will be to advance Performance Sustaining Technology (PST). PST prevents the decline in tyre performance that occurs over time due to wear and tear, thereby allowing tyres to maintain like-new performance for longer. One of the major challenges in developing this technology is that it requires a precise understanding of the chemical changes occurring within rubber at the molecular level during tyre usage, so that these chemical changes can then be controlled.