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Azure high-performance computing (HPC) for automotive

Simulate all aspects of vehicle engineering cost-effectively and at scale with highly secure infrastructure.
Optimise products by enhancing existing simulations, including engineering, aerodynamic and physics simulations, with Azure data analytics and machine learning tools.
Quickly test performance of sensors using advanced hardware like GPUs and autonomous driving software over billions of simulated miles.

How Azure HPC supports automotive engineering simulation workloads

The latest NV-series virtual machines (VMs) allow automotive designers to create prototypes remotely. This series supports graphics-intensive workloads that enhance the vehicle engineering process as engineers iterate new designs in the cloud.

NC-series VMs help automotive engineers optimise the design phase by rendering vehicle prototypes. Enhanced deep learning and computing paired with low-latency and high-throughput network interfaces improves the engineering process.

H-series VMs are ideal for high-CPU and large-memory workloads for engineering and physics simulations of all kinds. Whether you’re working to automate crash-test or multiphysics simulations, the latest HB and HC VMs empower vehicle engineers to develop cost-effective, secure, tightly coupled HPC simulations.

Designed for deep-learning workloads, ND-series VMs provide secondary low-latency, high-throughput infrastructure for optimised performance in training models. With larger GPU memory space, vehicle engineers can run parallel training jobs to enhance a vehicle’s sensors, controllers, actuators and interaction with the physical world.


Reduce fuel consumption by exploring various aerodynamic shapes and materials in your own virtual wind tunnel. Azure supports a wide variety of open source and proprietary aerodynamic simulation software.

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Crash test simulations

Cost-effectively simulate the crash behaviour of individual car body components, component assemblies and Body-in-White (BIW) testing by vehicle quarters or halves.

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Multiphysics simulation

Accurately simulate product behaviour by calculating fluid forces, thermal effects and structural integrity – in any combination – to achieve high-fidelity physics simulations on scalable, highly reliable and secure Azure infrastructure.

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Autonomous driving validation

Reduce design cycle sprint times by more rapidly iterating through re-simulation/re-compute, training, and perception and post-perception validation with a wide variety of CPU and GPU virtual machine configurations.

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Powerful infrastructure as a service (IaaS) solutions for automotive applications

See how automotive customers are innovating with Azure HPC

"The main benefit of HPC on Azure is how seamlessly you can put out-of-the-box VMs into service to supplement on-premises infrastructure…. It's almost as if we have infinitely scalable on-premises infrastructure, but without the traditional costs and maintenance responsibilities."

Wolfgang De Salvador, R&D Co-ordinator for R&D Virtualisation

"There are so many factors that are constantly changing and can affect race strategy: track temperature, tire performance, what the other drivers are doing. Simulation helps us quickly understand how to configure the car for a particular track."

Mark Everest, Information Systems Development Manager, Renault Sport Formula One Team
Renault Sport

"Thanks to the cloud, we have found the right solution to the challenge of storage capacity and computing. We can now focus entirely on the development and safety of our technical solutions for automated and autonomous driving."

Adrian James, Head of Automated Driving Safety, Audi AG

"We can develop very efficiently using Microsoft tools and use pre-built Azure features for artificial intelligence"

Markus Kremer, Project Engineer, FEV Europe GmbH

"Today, all I needed was 30 machines, but by Friday we might need 90, and by Sunday morning we won't need any. All that flexibility is what really enables us to stay moving and light on our feet. In two minutes, I can provision $200,000 worth of computing resources, all with a couple of keystrokes—that's powerful."

Scott Lusted, Aerodynamicist, Hendrick Motorsports

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