Volvo goes the Linux way

Volvo Cars has signed a deal with IBM, whereby, the latter will provide it with a new Linux-based cluster of Intellistation workstation computers that will enable it to virtualise its design processes.

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By  Vijaya George Published  November 25, 2002

Volvo Cars has finally decided to tread the open-source path. The Swedish automobile manufacturer has signed a deal with IBM, whereby, the latter will provide it with a new Linux-based cluster of Intellistation workstation computers that will enable it to virtualise its design processes. The new solution will enable Volvo Cars to switch the majority of its product development systems from physical testing procedures to computer-based simulations that will, in turn, reduce operation costs.

The Linux cluster is an addition to the company's existing UNIX environment and is already delivering around twice the performance for CFD (computational flow dynamics) simulations. "We're delighted that Linux is being used for commercial productions and not just for pilots and training," commented Torbjörn Johansson, CTO, IBM Sweden.

"In today’s “on demand” production environments, it is critical that companies use technology to reduce bottom-line costs and time to market. This new Linux cluster allows Volvo to do just this through the virtualisation of some of their key design processes. IBM and Pulsen, an IBM Business Partner, have implemented the Linux cluster at Volvo Cars. Volvo IT in Gothenburg operates the cluster.

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