Eurocopter Deploys Linux Networx Cluster System to Speed Helicopter Simulations

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Eurocopter Deploys Linux Networx Cluster System to Speed Helicopter Design Simulations

Salt Lake City, August 1, 2005 - Linux Networx announced today that The Eurocopter Group, a division of Europe’s leading aeronautical group EADS, has deployed an Evolocity Linux Networx computing system at its German location. Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH is using the system to perform fluid simulations on helicopters and helicopter subsystems.

The Evolocity system Linux Networx delivered is implemented with two different types of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) applications – FLOWer and FLUENT. FLOWer, is a research application developed by the German Aerospace Research Centre for aircraft development and design. FLUENT is a commercial software product from Fluent Inc. that simulates a wide range of applications in the aerospace, automotive, and general process industries. Linux Networx designed the Evolocity system for Eurocopter to specifically optimize these applications to achieve fast, accurate results.

Eurocopter made the switch to a Linux clustering platform because of the dramatic improvement in productivity the Evolocity system produced. To help prove how an Evolocity system integrated with FLOWer and FLUENT could improve Eurocopter’s productivity, Linux Networx performed a series of benchmark tests. The results of the benchmarks determined an Evolocity system could speed the rate of Eurocopter’s simulations a factor of 10.

“Linux Networx delivered a system that is reliable and easy-to-manage, but most importantly, helps us produce simulations in a timely and cost-effective manner,” said Dr. Andree Altmikus from the Aerodynamic design department of Eurocopter Deutschland. “After the Evolocity system was installed, we started seeing faster results than even the benchmark tests produced, which once again proved Linux Networx’s commitment to helping us achieve the most productivity possible.”

Eurocopter’s Evolocity cluster consists of 40 AMD Opteron� processors Model 248, with a total of 160 GB of memory and uses InfiniBand high-speed interconnects from Mellanox. The cluster also includes cluster management tools from Linux Networx, Clusterworx and Icebox, to provide total cluster management from one interface.

“As the world leader in the civil helicopter market, Eurocopter designs and builds some of the most advanced helicopters in the world, so it is essential that they have a high performance computing solution that is reliable and efficient,” said Fabio Gallo, vice president of Europe, Middle East and Africa operations for Linux Networx. “We are committed to serving the needs of production-oriented customers, by providing easy-to-use and powerful Linux cluster solutions.”

About Linux Networx
Linux Networx provides proven high-end computing systems that deliver maximum sustained performance and high return on investment to customers. The company’s computing systems are used for simulation, analysis and modeling. Through its innovative Evolocity� hardware, cluster management tools and professional service and support, Linux Networx provides end-to-end clustering solutions. To date, the company has built some of the fastest computing systems in the world, and boasts numerous Fortune 500 customers. For more information about Linux Networx, visit

About Eurocopter
Eurocopter is a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS. The worldwide leader in aerospace, defense, and the associated services, EADS generated a turnover of 31.8 billion euros in 2004, and employed approximately 110,000 people throughout the world. The EADS Group includes the aircraft maker Airbus, the world’s leading helicopter manufacturer Eurocopter, and the world’s largest missile company, the joint venture MDBA. EADS is also the biggest partner in the Eurofighter consortium and the lead contractor for the Ariane launcher. The Group is also developing the A400M military transport aircraft, and is the major industrial partner for Galileo, the European satellite-based navigation system.

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