ORACLE TEAM USA Sails to Victory on an Ocean of Data
 
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ORACLE TEAM USA Sails to Victory on an Ocean of Data

ORACLE TEAM USA relied on vast experience, a bold strategy, and the sheer will of a determined captain and crew to record a historic and dramatic come-from-behind victory in the 34th America’s Cup regatta. The team had another powerful ingredient for success—big data proficiency—which provided unprecedented insight into nearly every aspect of the competition and, ultimately, delivered a decisive advantage.

Trailing eight-to-one in the first-to-win-nine series, ORACLE TEAM USA battled back to win eight consecutive races—a stunning feat that made sports history. The crew sailed to success on a wave of big data supported by Oracle solutions, including Oracle Exadata Database Machine, Oracle Database, Java, and Oracle Application Express.

 
Designed for Extreme Performance

A word from ORACLE TEAM USA

  • “In no uncertain terms, Oracle solutions gave ORACLE TEAM USA the competitive advantage needed to win the 2013 America’s Cup.” – Asim Khan, Director of Information Systems, ORACLE TEAM USA

ORACLE TEAM USA took high tech to the extreme. Its use of Oracle solutions in the 34th America’s Cup was a groundbreaking illustration of how engineered systems, analytics, and an agile and flexible programming platform can give a captain, crew, designers, and an entire support network the knowledge to focus on their mission and win handily on a global stage.
“We engineered a high-performance vessel built for extreme sailing. On the water, the sky was the limit for this team,” said Asim Khan, director of information systems, ORACLE TEAM USA.

Data was front and center in the 34th America’s Cup—beginning with the rules-making process. In contrast to past regattas, the 2013 contest pursued an open data policy. All contenders had to provide data to the race committee so that teams had the opportunity to learn from each other.

Oracle solutions, including Exadata Database Machine and Java, factored heavily into the intense and highly iterative design, build, test, and redesign cycle.

In designing America’s Cup vessels, teams must consider thousands of component combinations. ORACLE TEAM USA used Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Java Macro Scripting to rapidly create and run 3-D simulations of how each candidate would perform in terms of speed, flow efficiency, and boat handling. The simulations required many gigabytes of data related to load and resistance, as well as historical current and wind conditions from the San Francisco Bay.

“The faster you can complete each design, build, test, and adapt cycle, the greater your advantage as teams can see upwards of a 30% performance improvement between testing and race time,” Khan said. “Oracle Exadata, and its extreme performance, enabled us to accelerate the cycle like never before,” Khan said.

 
Data, Data, Everywhere

 
Crystal Clear Amidst the Fog

 
Open Competition

 
Back on Dry Land

 
Decisive Victory

 
 

 
 

Challenges

A word from ORACLE TEAM USA

  • “In no uncertain terms, Oracle solutions gave ORACLE TEAM USA the competitive advantage needed to win the 2013 America’s Cup.” – Asim Khan, Director of Information Systems, ORACLE TEAM USA

  • Provide ORACLE TEAM USA with real-time sailing and weather information to ensure a competitive advantage
  • Gain the insight needed to come back and win eight consecutive races

Solutions

  • Equipped ORACLE TEAM USA with insight that helped it to win eight consecutive races and clinch the America’s Cup
  • Ensured extreme performance of data infrastructure to yield critical real-time information
  • Used more than 300 sensors to monitor and measure factors, such as the strain on the mast, hull, and wing, and transmit the raw data to a server in the hull
  • Improved speed of CPU-intensive tasks by roughly 10x, while I/O-intensive tasks improved by roughly 20%, moving large amounts of data for rapid sailing decisions
  • Presented crew members with intelligence 4x faster after a training run—in 10 minutes instead of 40 minutes
  • Automated a 250-item checklist used to prep the boat for sailing, speeding time to completion and reducing errors

Why Oracle

Oracle solutions clearly supported the extreme demands of ORACLE TEAM USA in the 34th America’s Cup. As the team’s demand for real-time analytics, data management, and a robust database solution become more pressing, only Oracle could provide innovative solutions to ensure the success of the American team on a global stage.

“Oracle solutions gave ORACLE TEAM USA an obvious advantage over our competitors, and the outcome of the 34th America’s Cup validates that decision,” Khan said.