The racing itself is said to be boring but there is enough excitement in the data centres that travel the circuits to interest those that see IoT as a key success factor. Not just Mercedes, Ferrari, Red Bull Williams & McLaren but the teams at the back of the grid.
The business world is just starting to hear about the ‘internet of things’ – but F1 cars have run for years with hundreds of pieces of monitoring kit on-board. Mark Gallagher, MD of CMS Motor Sport : “There is so much about Big Data, IoT, and other things that we can do with in this new world. It is pretty extraordinary what you can do when using this technology.” These feed back to complex monitoring and modelling software in real-time during practise sessions: thousandths of seconds really count. Track-side, teams run a mobile data centre. Backbone systems are typically built on racks of easily replaceable blade servers in case of failure – virtualisation has made life much easier. There is usually at least one identical set-up back at base so if any one part fails it can be quickly replaced.