December 1st, 2010 6:39 pm
Posted by Brock Taylor
Tags: Drew Brees, high performance computing, HPC, HPC simulations, Intel, Intel Cluster Ready, Kirk Skaugen, SC10
At the opening gala of SC10, Intel played host to a special guest, Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints. Drew sat down with Intel Vice President Kirk Skaugen and discussed how high performance computing simulations are having a direct impact on his livelihood.
While manning the Intel Cluster Ready demonstration pod, I was able to listen in on Drew and Kirk talk about how real-time simulations are helping protect football players from serious injury. They showed how helmets outfitted with sensors are being used to study and relay data about individual impacts to the head of players. Simulations for those impacts can predict when dangerous levels of force have occurred and players are likely to have suffered a concussion.
This data can be used to help design better equipment, but more importantly may help prevent serious, long-term injury. Players who have experienced a concussion may not feel the immediate effects or may not want to leave the game. Additional impacts, however, can cause much more severe injury. The simulation data can help identify when players need to be pulled out of a game for medical evaluation and/or to avoid serious injury.
It was a really cool demonstration to see - they even cracked two helmets together to show a live simulation of impact. One of many neat examples of high performance computing in action that I got to see at the show.
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