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Caterpillar expands relationship with NCSA for hosting realistic simulations

Caterpillar Inc. today announced it will collaborate with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to conduct high-performance computing (HPC) projects focused on more realistic simulations that can lead to improved product designs.

Through the expanded partnership, NCSA will host Caterpillar’s simulation research on iForge supercomputer over a three-year period. By conducting these simulations in NCSA’s HPC environment, Caterpillar will increase its dedicated computing resources, enhancing its product modeling and enabling rapid exploration of large design areas.

“The high-performance computing capabilities of today will serve as the industrial workstation of tomorrow,” said Gwenne Henricks, Chief Technology Officer and Caterpillar vice president with responsibility for Product Development and Global Technology. “Working with NCSA, we will gain access to HPC that enables simulation realism, where we can uncover hidden insights on our product designs to feed back to our engineering teams, driving better overall solutions. We also gain access to a high level of talent within NCSA conducting their own simulations, which helps our engineers stretch their imaginations to focus on solutions we could achieve for our own products.”

“I was here when NCSA began working with Caterpillar on digital simulation, and I’m so pleased to be here to see this partnership moving to the next level,” said NCSA Director Ed Seidel. “Our long-standing partnership with Caterpillar really exemplifies the enormous potential for the resources and expertise at NCSA to create economic opportunities and impact.”

Caterpillar has been working with NCSA and the University of Illinois since the 1990s. Since then, Caterpillar has witnessed a multitude of benefits focused on sustainable technology advancements stemming from the company’s involvement with NCSA and the university, including projects through the Champaign Simulation center, and most recently, opening a new Caterpillar data innovation lab on the campus.

Caterpillar contact

Barbara Cox
Global Government & Corporate Affairs
Office: 309-494-4607
Mobile: 256-202-2516

University of Illinois contact

Trish Barker
Assistant Director for Public Affairs, NCSA
Office: 217-265-8013
Mobile: 217-390-3593

About Caterpillar

For 90 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. Customers turn to Caterpillar to help them develop infrastructure, energy and natural resource assets. With 2014 sales and revenues of $55.184 billion, Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The company principally operates through its three product segments—Resource Industries, Construction Industries and Energy & Transportation—and also provides financing and related services through its Financial Products segment. For more information, visit To connect with us on social media, visit

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