Boom Supersonic is Reinventing Air Travel by Strengthening Its Strategic Partnership with Rescale

PARIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#PAS17–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 world’s first commercial supersonic aircraft, Concorde, was
envisioned in the 1960s for next-generation, high-speed intercontinental
travel. It was designed with a short wingspan to reduce supersonic drag,
but with a long swept delta to produce lift-inducing vortices at landing
and takeoff speeds. While a technical marvel, the plane wasn’t
commercially successful due to high operating costs and the inability to
fill 100 seats at the $20,000 round-trip ticket price. It was retired 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
and showing off its updated XB-1 supersonic demonstrator at the Paris
Air Show. The design phase this time looks very different from the
1960s. Leveraging Rescale’s turnkey cloud HPC platform, Boom uses
computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and finite element analysis running
on a massively-powerful compute infrastructure to run thousands of
simulations at each stage of the design. This on-demand, zero-IT
footprint has enabled them to run a lean startup operation, while at the
same time simulating and optimizing high-fidelity virtual prototype
models on the world’s most powerful compute clusters.

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. For example, remote desktop post-processing
with automatic in-platform visualization of results across multiple
tools ensures that all stakeholders stay fully informed at every stage,
transferring only the key results they need to move the project forward.

“Rescale’s cloud HPC platform lets us be simulation-driven throughout
the product design phase. It lets our team quickly disseminate
simulation results to all the stakeholders in the process, so that we
can make rapid progress,” said Joshua Krall, co-founder and CTO of Boom.
“This is a major benefit for a hard-tech startup like Boom as we work
with a complex network of partners to launch an advanced,
safety-critical product that needs to work the first time exactly as
designed and simulated.”

“Working with Boom has been a great two-way development process,” said
Joris Poort, Rescale CEO. “Boom has been able to leverage the
flexibility and scalability of the Rescale platform to gain access to
best-in-class software simulation and cloud HPC infrastructure, and
Rescale has learned a great deal about the daily workflow requirements
of platform users and efficient handling and analysis of bulk simulation
data.”

Using their recent $33M Series A round of funding, Boom is building
their XB-1 demonstrator aircraft now and will announce a major design
update at the Paris Air Show.

About Boom

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. For more
information, please visit boomsupersonic.com.

About Rescale

Rescale™ is the global leader for enterprise big compute on the
multi-cloud. Trusted by the Global Fortune 500, Rescale empowers the
world’s top executives, IT leaders, engineers and scientists to securely
manage product innovation and perform groundbreaking research and
development faster at a lower cost. Rescale’s ScaleX platform solutions
transform traditional fixed IT resources into flexible hybrid, private,
and public cloud resources—built on the largest and most powerful
high-performance computing infrastructure network in the world. For more
information on Rescale, visit www.rescale.com.

Contacts

Rescale
Mika Pegors, +1-855-737-2253
marketing@rescale.com