Data management system launched for CarMaker


Simulation data management systems provider, PDTec AG, has released the SDM_for_CarMaker (SDM4CM) data management system, designed to enable the efficient and structured management of all simulation-relevant data during virtual test drives.

Simulation software is used extensively in the development of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving functions, and using software solutions from IPG Automotive CarMaker system, the user can transfer real-world test scenarios into a virtual environment that can be freely configured, including road, road users, and buildings. The parameterised vehicle model, the so-called virtual prototype, is a virtual representation of the real prototype, whose components are represented by suitable models.

All vehicle components, from engine, powertrain and ECUs, to assistance systems, software functions and on-board networks can thus be integrated into the simulation to be tested and validated in their entirety in the early development phases. The resulting large volumes of data and numerous simulation results need to be stored in a traceable, structured and versioned manner. In global development teams in particular, there is a need for access to pivotal vehicle and simulation data in the latest version at any time. The SDM4CM package is designed to provide a data management system that enables CarMaker users to easily and efficiently manage their simulation data and save a lot of time, especially when employing HPC clusters.

“We are pleased to provide the users of CarMaker with version 1.4 of SDM4CM with a data management system. “The continuous and direct availability of simulation-relevant data is an essential requirement of simulation engineers for their data management systems for virtual test drives. This is the only way to evaluate the immense data volumes from numerous simulation scenarios in a usable way and to store them permanently,” said Albrecht Pfaff, chairman of PDTec AG. “Future technologies, in particular, will increasingly rely on artificial intelligence (AI) as well.”

The first version of SDM4CM is currently being tested by various automotive companies, for evaluation prior to implementation.

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