The goal of this experiment was to reduce the scrap rate of the foundry process. A service was needed which could predict the behaviour of the current batch of metal to reduce the amount of waste. If it were possible to adjust the process in real time, the foundry could lower energy consumption and production costs. Using historical data from previous production runs was seen as the key to this problem, but this entails data analytics requiring computing resources far in excess of those available to foundries or consultants like ProService.
The High Performance Computing Centre (HLRS) is one of three national computing centers in Germany affiliated to the University of Stuttgart. As such it operates a variety of large computing clusters and provides compute resources to European research groups and industry.