Case Study 3: NCAC

The NCAC came into being in 1992 with a joint contract between the Federal Highway Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Affiliated with the George Washington University in Virginia, NCAC is part of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the George Washington University, and shares its data—including over 14,000 crash test films that can be ordered online—with interested parties worldwide.

The NCAC first partnered with Hewlett-Packard Company in 1996, after receiving a joint research grant from American Automotive Manufacturers Association and the US Department of Transportation to evaluate the current state-of-the-art parallel computers running crash computing software.

“It was during ...

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