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BYD & Cloudam: Bringing New Possibilites to R&D

How Cloud High-Performance Computing Solution on Cloudam Helps BYD Upgrade Its R&D Model to the Next Level.

BYD Co. Ltd. (hereafter BYD) is a publicly-listed Chinese conglomerate manufacturing company headquartered in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. Its automotive subsidiary BYD Auto Co., Ltd. (hereafter "BYD Auto") is dedicated to automobile manufacturing including new energy vehicles and traditional fuel vehicles, rechargeable batteries, and photovoltaic solar energy. Now, BYD Auto has become China’s largest electric-vehicle maker.

Challenges with On-premise Computing

Most of BYD's customers are multinational enterprises around the world with strict manufacturing standards and requirements which makes it imminent to change the traditional R&D model of the simulation department. Previously, part of the computing workloads of the simulation department was run on independent workstations and shared by multiple people. However, this model was limited by the insufficient resources of a single node and could no longer meet the rapidly growing requirements in simulation, while the other part of the computing workloads were run on local computing clusters, whose system was unable to support the orchestration of workflow and achieve simulation automation. Additionally, BYD has established a number of R&D centers around the globe to keep pace with the vigorous development of new energy vehicles. For each R&D center, there is a huge demand for computing power. These bring challenges to IT operation and maintenance, and cross-regional collaborative R&D.

Committing to Cloudam

To address these challenges, BYD chose Cloudam HPC to meet the high-performance computing needs of automotive simulation and research on autopilot, meanwhile to design an agile, standardized, automated and intelligent R&D model which includes the following features:

1. Workflow orchestration

  • The ability to arrange the R&D processes across multiple departments into workflows to reduce communication costs;