How AWS helped design the 2022 Formula 1 car concept


Formula 1 moved its on-premises HPC environment to high-performance computing (HPC) platform on AWS using Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud  (Amazon EC2) instances and AWS ParallelCluster. Formula 1 chose to use a combination of Amazon EC2 C5n instances and the new Arm-based AWS Graviton2 C6gn instances to gain maximum pricing and performance flexibility. In addition to reducing its simulation time from days to hours, Formula 1 lowered the cost of running these workloads by 30% using the AWS Graviton2-powered instances.

Symonds further explained, ‘The recent release of AWS Graviton2 has allowed us to optimise other jobs and has achieved a 30% cost saving, and I see that going further. I’m sure we can move towards 40% cost savings compared to our old methods of doing things. By working with AWS, we have access to a huge environment – not just a physical environment of compute power, but some great people. People who push us just as much as we push them.’

Wake control elements such as the front wheel deflector help the flow stay attached to the car by reducing outwash. Photo: XPB Images

The 2022 car development project delivered performance equivalent to a supercomputer costing millions of dollars, but at a fraction of the cost. With the insights gained from these simulations, Formula 1 has created a car design with only 18% downforce loss at 10m car distance compared to 46% of the previous generation. This should make for close wheel-to-wheel action on the track in 2022 and beyond.


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