ORACLE TEAM USA—Wind Data Mapping with Big Data

Mapping the Wind
Mapping the Wind

ORACLE TEAM USA has leveraged weather data gathered from months of sailing around Bermuda, using it to map wind patterns and plot optimal race playbooks.

 

 

Months of trial runs through the Bermuda Sound enabled the team to map key wind patterns to better prepare for the 35th America’s Cup.

A New Generation of Racing

ORACLE TEAM USA uses super-high resolution wind maps.

ORACLE TEAM USA uses super-high resolution wind maps.

High-speed yacht racing is never as simple as catching a breeze and running with it. For hundreds of years, seasoned sailors sought to increase their speed by observing weather and sea conditions to optimize their course. This required decades of experience and an almost instinctual connection with the elements.

Today, real-time weather data has enabled yacht speeds to leap forward. Yet even with advances in satellite imagery, reservoirs of historical data, and sophisticated predictive analysis, ORACLE TEAM USA found a way to create wind maps of the 2017 America’s Cup race course in Bermuda in super-high resolution.

This wind data is crucial. In San Francisco, home of Oracle headquarters and the 34th America’s Cup, winds are seasonal and predictable. In Bermuda, breezes off the Atlantic Ocean are far less certain. Any insight into what to expect, and how to optimize the yacht for those variables, is a significant competitive edge.

A Few Days, a Few Million Data Points

Millions of data points are collected by sailing in the Bermuda Sound.

Millions of data points are collected by sailing in the Bermuda Sound.

By sailing through the Bermuda Sound, the team is able to collect weather information like local wind speed, local wind direction, wind gradient, and wind shear. Within a few days, the team has collected millions of data points. Within a few months of training, the team has a map of data dense enough to begin detailed track planning.

Linking this cumulative wind data with the data from yacht performance is a classic big data challenge. Patterns emerge, causations are identified, and the result is more accurate playbooks that help the team literally navigate the race course.

Crunching Wind Data

Oracle Exadata and Oracle Big Data Discovery were crucial in wind mapping.

Oracle Exadata and Oracle Big Data Discovery were crucial in wind mapping.

Of course, crunching hundreds of millions of data points is no small feat. ORACLE TEAM USA partnered with Oracle and Airbus for technology and expertise, leveraging Oracle Exadata, Oracle Big Data Discovery, and R Advanced Analytics systems for the heavy processing.

Oracle is no stranger to big data solutions. With both on-premises and cloud technology available to crunch the largest workloads, organizations worldwide trust Oracle technology to uncover the insights that provide their own competitive edge.


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