The Ducati MotoGP has signed a three-year take care of long-standing know-how companion Lenovo that may see the staff double-down on its use of information analytics, synthetic intelligence (AI) and edge computing units to enhance the efficiency of its riders in the course of the 2021 racing season.
The deal capitalises on the work the 2 companies have already achieved since Ducati first signed up Lenovo as a know-how companion in 2018, which has centered on equipping the MotoGP staff with PCs, tablets and edge computing units to gather and analyse race knowledge and inform the design and configuration of its bikes.
Thus far, Ducati engineers are recognized to make use of Lenovo’s compact ThinkSystem SE350 edge server machine to course of and analyse knowledge generated throughout races and coaching classes, which might then be used to tell its riders’ racing methods over the course of the season.
Ducati engineers additionally use Lenovo ThinkPad P1 cellular workstation laptops to course of knowledge instantly from the bikes, which is then used away from the monitor to run simulations about completely different doable bike setups within the hope of enhancing their efficiency.
Moreover, Lenovo has additionally deployed a high-performance computing (HPC) cluster based mostly on its server know-how that permits Ducati’s technicians to run high-speed aerodynamic and fluid dynamic modelling workloads to allow them to design new bikes at tempo, whereas adhering to the game’s newest security and high quality assurance requirements.
The renewed know-how partnership will see the 2 companies deepen their use of information, whereas introducing applied sciences that may bolster the Ducati staff’s capability to collaborate and work remotely, by means of the event and deployment of a digital desktop infrastructure.
The 2 companies are additionally exploring the potential for augmented and virtual reality applied sciences to be included into the design course of for its motorbikes in future.
Such is the energy of the know-how tie-up between the 2 companies, they’ve additionally confirmed the Ducati MotoGP staff will rebrand and race below the Ducati Lenovo Crew identify for the foreseeable future.
Throughout a web-based Q&A with the press to debate the extension of its partnership, Luca Rossi, senior vice-president of Lenovo, credited the agency’s shared values as a key issue of their joint choice to forge even nearer technological ties.
“We’ve been studying [through the partnership] that a lot of the values between Lenovo and Ducati are shared: efficiency, velocity, the standard design, the reliability, and – clearly – innovation,” stated Rossi.
“The world is altering, and the know-how is arriving in every single place and within the [world of] MotoGP the very best is but to return.”
Increasing on this level, Rossi cited figures that recommend the global motorsports market is on target to proceed rising by 10% yearly by means of to 2025, pushed in no small half by knowledge analytics and different associated applied sciences, and Lenovo is banking on its work with Ducati to faucet into this development.
“It was vital for us to discover a firm as iconic as Ducati, poised to win and [who we can] assist win with our know-how. There are already many examples in AR/VR, in our datacentre with synthetic intelligence and our PCs,” he stated.
“These are all technological areas the place Lenovo can contribute to Ducati, and we additionally consider we will be taught [from them], and [Ducati] can be for positive studying for us.”
The primary race of the 2021 MotoGP season is because of happen in Qatar on 28 March 2021.