After 2021 ended with the victory of the MotoGP Constructors’ World Title for the second year in a row, Ducati Lenovo Team is ready for a new season,
The first goal for the 2022 season is to complete the Remote Garage project, which allows engineers to receive data in real time and to interact with the garage and bikes while working remotely and improving video conferencing both in the headquarters and in the garage.
The aim is to better connect the virtual teams for successful collaboration, even from miles away.
The Computing Edge
Lenovo has supported Ducati’s engineers and designers in the innovation of racing and street bikes since 2018, helping the company to reach maximum performance and enhanced levels of security.
Using High Performance Computing technology, based on Lenovo ThinkSystem SD530, SR630 and SR650 servers, Ducati has been able to simplify and accelerate data analysis concerning aerodynamics, fluid dynamics, and stress tests.
The improved computing power has made it easier for engineers to understand how the bikes will react to various weather conditions and continuously improve on track performance.
In addition, Lenovo infrastructure grants high standards of data protection and has allowed Ducati to minimise the risk of dangerous and expensive downtimes.
Ducati has also adopted the ThinkSystem SE350 edge server to boost connectivity and advanced real-time analytics.
Designed and built with the unique requirements of the Edge in mind, ThinkSystem SE350 can operate effectively in any location, even in extreme environments.
ThinkSystem SE350 allows engineers to manage in real time, wherever they are, about 15GB of data for each bike, and to produce customised insights for each rider that can be leveraged to make fast, well-informed decisions.
Finally, the security tools integrated in the device allow automatic data encryption in case of tampering, helping to protect Ducati’s intellectual property and prevent data leaks.
Ducati has deployed a new virtual desktop infrastructure, built in partnership with Lenovo. Over 250 2D and 3D virtual desktops are used across the organisation from the R&D department to the garage.
This means Those who work at Ducati can connect to their workstation whenever they want, wherever they are and from any device.
Virtual desktops also help to simplify IT management and maintenance, to improve data protection and business continuity, as well as to optimise resources and allow professionals to focus on higher value-added tasks.
Thanks to the possibility of working on the move, Ducati designers can remotely collaborate in real time with the development team and the test rider during test phases, making changes to the design of the bike or of a single component based on the feedback received, reducing production times.
Everyone across the Ducati team – from managers, engineers, and riders – rely on Lenovo tablets, PCs, and workstations to achieve the highest levels of collaboration, power and speed.
Technicians use the Lenovo ThinkPad P1 mobile workstation, to analyse data coming from the bikes’ sensors in minutes and to study the lap statistics, compare them and optimise the bike setup.
Top management, on the other hand, rely on the ThinkPad X1 Fold foldable PC, whereas designers can count on the Lenovo workstations, including the ThinkPad P Series, for design and development using CAD software.
An Augmented future
Together, Ducati and Lenovo are already looking at how they can harness AI, machine learning and augmented reality to drive even greater levels of innovation in MotoGP.
Reproducing the bike and its components virtually, in full size in a real context, will represent a differentiating factor accelerating future R&D, testing and maintenance, as well as of after-sales support for street bikes.