Denver-based Boom Supersonic is strengthening its strategic partnership with Rescale to leverage the power of cloud high-performance computing (HPC) for design and optimization of its new supersonic passenger jet, the company said.
The commercial supersonic aircraft, Concorde, was envisioned in the 1960s for next-generation, high-speed intercontinental travel, but was retired due to high operating costs in 2003 after Airbus could no longer source parts, a rare backwards step in technology progress.
After fourteen years, Boom is reigniting the dream of supersonic travel with its updated XB-1 supersonic demonstrator.
The design phase leverages Rescale´s turnkey cloud HPC platform. Boom uses computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and finite element analysis running on a powerful computer infrastructure to run thousands of simulations at each stage of the design.
Boom´s product development cycle is almost entirely simulation-driven, employing the Rescale platform from initial high-level concept down to the detailed design of items such as the variable geometry engine intakes.
Using flight simulators, pilots are testing various flight conditions and helping to refine requirements in a continuous loop with simulation. The approach is leading to a huge amount of data being generated across several complex simulation tools, but by working with the Rescale development team Boom is helping Rescale develop efficient data management workflows.
With a recent USD 33M Series A round of funding, Boom is building its XB-1 demonstrator aircraft now.
Boom Supersonic is a Denver-based startup dedicated to removing the barriers to experiencing the planet, starting by building a Mach 2.2 airliner economical enough to operate with business-class fares.
Boom is backed by venture capital firms such as 8VC, RRE, Lightbank, Y Combinator, and Caffeinated Capital, as well as angel investors including Sam Altman, Paul Graham, and Greg McAdoo.
Rescale provides enterprise big computing power on the multi-cloud.