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The barriers to entry for high performance computing (HPC) continue to fall, portending big benefits for engineers looking to do virtual reality studies on design concepts or to solve problems around computational fluid dynamics or structural mechanics prior to building physical prototypes.

The price/performance curve for powerful HPC hardware is accelerating at a rapid pace, opening up technology that was once accessible only to wealthy research and academic enclaves to mainstream manufacturers building everything from automotive components to high-end golf clubs. As little as five years ago, for example, a 100 million-degree-of-freedom structural analysis problem might require a supercomputer with a price tag of anywhere from $300,000 to several millions — hardly a bargain for most businesses. In contrast, that same simulation can run just as efficiently, if not more so, today on widely available 64-bit desktop or workgroup cluster offerings from Hewlett-Packard Co. or Silicon Graphics Inc. costing as little as $25,000.

Simultaneously, an increasing number of partnerships around packaging HPC solutions for such specific applications as computer-aided engineering (CAE) is also helping to push the technology within the reach of mid-size companies. On the heels of Microsoft Corp.’s release of Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 in November 2006 and its predecessor, Windows HPC Server 2008, announced last November and due out mid-year, hardware vendors such as HP and modeling and simulation application providers like ANSYS and Presagis have partnered to roll out pre-packaged solutions that bundle up HPC hardware, operating systems and administrative and management tools along with specific CAE applications. The goal is being able to deliver systems that come as close to running out of the box like a traditional PC without requiring specialized programming and hard-to-come-by HPC administrative talent.

The confluence of both trends is creating a boom in the HPC market. According to market researcher International Data Corp., HPC server revenue jumped to $3 billion in the third quarter of 2007, an 18 percent jump over the same quarter last year and an 8.8 percent spike quarter-over-quarter. In 2006, HPC systems accounted for 26 percent of all processors sold in the server market, more than doubling the 2003 HPC share of around 12 percent, IDC officials say. As HPC systems become more affordable for smaller companies and business units and with the dramatic cost increases associated with live experiments compared to computer modeling and simulation, IDC expects HPC platforms to create a “sea change” in scientific and engineering research and development, a shift that will create a $15-plus billion market by 2011.

With all this high-end computing power at their fingertips and with many of the administrative and configuration challenges starting to be addressed, mainstream manufacturers are more apt to make HPC-driven simulation an integral part of the early design process. For CAE applications like finite element analysis (FEA) or computational fluid dynamics (CFD), in particular, the raw horsepower of an HPC environment delivers benefits on a number of fronts. On one hand, engineers are assured of significantly faster turnaround times on complex simulations, reducing tasks that previously might have taken weeks or even months on specialized systems to days, sometimes even hours. In addition, the extra processing muscle of HPC platforms means engineers can pursue much more detailed simulations and spend less time perfecting their models prior to running a simulation. Finally, because turnaround times are much less, engineers have more leeway and bandwidth to conduct simulation studies on multiple design points instead of conserving simulation horsepower and development time for one portion of the design puzzle.

“The expansion of computing capacity takes simulation from being a forensic study to figure out why you designed a function the way you did to becoming a true tool that influences the early design stage,” says Barbara Hutchings, who oversees strategic partnerships for ANSYS.

Cost-Effective Computing Horsepower

Indeed, HPC, especially spread more broadly within an organization, is a game changer for complex kinds of CAE simulations, according to Bruce Engelmann, chief technology officer for SIMULIA, the Dassault Systèmes brand that markets the Abaqus software. Additional, cost-effective computing horsepower enables complex kinds of modeling like non-linear analysis, which is oftentimes avoided because of the demands it makes on the system and the development schedule. “Non-linear simulation takes more computational work — it’s not as easy to solve,” Engelmann says. “You might need six hours to do a linear job, but the non-linear version might require days. When you’re running the non-linear job on a cluster computer, you bring it back into that five to six hour window.”

Cheaper cluster HPC hardware can also save engineers time since they don’t need to be as diligent about putting up-front work in to create a model that makes efficient use of compute time. “A big part of the simulation effort is building the model in the first place,” Engelmann says. “HPC doesn’t help optimize the model, but you can run a less optimized model from a computing efficiency point of view without having to do a lot of setup.”

Dana Corp., a provider of axles and drive shafts to the automotive industry, can certainly attest to that. The company has been using SMP-based (Symmetric Multiprocessing) HPC systems for years and recently started working with HP blade servers and Linux clusters to up performance for its FEA and CFD simulations using Dassault’s Abaqus 6.7 software, which supports distributed computing. The new setup has drastically improved turnaround time by four or five times, explains Frank Popielas, Dana’s manager advanced engineering for its Sealing Products Div. “A 3-D power train simulation which took 17 hours before can now be done in three to four hours or less,” Popielas says. “A more detailed model that might have taken a couple of weeks is now done in two to three days.”

The real benefit behind the time savings is that Popielas’ group is more apt to include simulation as part of the design process, which is a must for getting a product design right the first time before going to prototype. “If you’re looking at weeks of simulation time and the time line calls for a couple of weeks to make a prototype, you’re likely to do it without simulation,” he says. “But if your goal is to get a product ‘first time right,’ you have to go through simulation.”

Along with SIMULIA, other simulation software vendors like ANSYS have spent years modifying their applications for a parallel architecture so they’re optimized to take advantage of distributed or cluster computing. To do so, the application splits the work load in pieces and manages the processing across an array of cores and processors. While in theory, the task sounds basic, it’s actually a tremendous amount of work. To help developers make the transition more readily, Microsoft, in November, announced its Parallel Computing Initiative, a program charged with creating a common set of development tools, programming models and libraries that can be used to build applications that span multicore desktops and clusters.

Presagis, which develops commercial, off-the-shelf (COTS) modeling, simulation and embedded display graphics software for the aerospace and defense industry, says Microsoft’s efforts are helping to spread its Terra Vista tools into the hands of a wider HPC audience. Presagis has entered into a three-way alliance with Microsoft and HP to deliver a bundle offering around Terre Vista that will provide simulation capabilities as an out-of-the-box solution. ANSYS also has a partnership with Microsoft to performance-tune its ANSYS 11 and Fluent 6.3 applications with Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003.

Windows HPC Server 2008, the successor to Microsoft’s server platform, is based on the Windows 2008 operating system and has features designed to address productivity, manageability and scalability issues. Specifically, the upgrade delivers high-speed networking capabilities, new scalable cluster management tools, advanced failover functionality, a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) job scheduler and support for partners’ clustered file systems.

HP has a similar vision of cutting through the complexity to entice non-traditional audiences to adopt HPC platforms. Last November, HP announced the HP Cluster Platform Workgroup System based on its BladeSystem c3000 unit, which offers midsize businesses almost a teraflop per second of computing power while taking up only 2 sq ft of floor space. The system is even more mainstream-friendly thanks to such features as power supplies that plug into standard wall outlets, integrated network cables and management tools. Accompanying this system are Solution Blocks, which build integrated applications right onto the platform; ANSYS Fluent CFD configured on the HP Workgroup System with Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 is one of the first bundled packages released on the HP platform.

“Most of the roadblocks to HPC have been around complexity,” says Ed Turkel, manager of product and technology marketing for HP’s High Performance Computing Div. “Being able to offer more or less a complete solution eliminates a lot of those major concerns.”

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Killexams : Universities Take Advantage of Thin PCs

Colleges deploy thin clients to save money, Improve security and streamline desktop management.

Sooner or later, colleges and universities have to address their aging PC fleets. And many are turning to thin clients for their computing needs because they offer many advantages over PCs.

Advances in thin-client computing offer users the power and look and feel of regular PCs — at a lower price — and that’s helping drive thin-client adoption in higher education. Besides cost savings, thin clients give colleges many benefits, including simpler IT management. IT departments can also troubleshoot and manage the computing infrastructure from a central location: the data center.

Thin clients also Improve security. Students using thin clients in a computer lab can’t change settings or install unauthorized software. If a student accidentally downloads a virus or spyware on a thin client, the infection can’t spread.

“Public computers are very much at risk, and thin clients reduce those risks,” says Gartner analyst Mark Margevicius.

For administrative users, data is better protected from thieves because thin clients lack hard drives and have no data stored locally. Thin clients also aid with continuity of operations planning and can ensure 24x7 uptime because servers can be configured to be redundant. The devices are also more eco-friendly and consume less power than regular computers.

Tech manufacturers have made several innovations in thin-client technology in exact years. They are no longer the dumb terminals of the past. Today’s thin clients have a processor, RAM and Flash memory, allowing applications to run locally and boosting the performance of web browsing, video and other multimedia applications.

Colleges also have numerous thin-client architectures from which to pick. In the traditional thin-client model, through software such as Microsoft’s Terminal Services or Citrix System’s XenApp, keystrokes and mouse clicks are sent back and forth between the thin client and the data center. The servers perform the processing and send a view of the screen to the user’s desktop.

Other thin-client alternatives include blade PCs, which are actual PCs housed like servers in a data center. Users connect to the PCs through thin-client devices. Another thin-client option is desktop virtualization, or virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). Desktop virtualization partitions servers into separate virtual machines, which gives users “virtual computers” with an operating system and applications.

Here’s a look at how thin clients have made three colleges more productive.

Cleveland State University

When server specialist Jeff Grigsby learned he could give students a PC-like experience with a full operating system and access to multimedia applications while reaping the numerous benefits of thin clients, he was sold.

Cleveland State University, which provides students with 350 computers in seven computer labs, began swapping out PCs with thin clients last fall to save money. Because students demand good multimedia performance, Grigsby deployed a thin-client architecture called OS streaming, which gives students access to a full operating system and applications on the thin clients.

When a student logs in, a server grabs a computer image — featuring Windows XP, Microsoft Office and other applications — from the college’s storage area network (SAN) and delivers it over the network to a high-end thin-client device.

The OS and applications run locally on the thin client, but all the data is stored on the SAN. When students log in, they are each given 2 gigabytes of cache storage on the SAN, which stores temporary files while the students are using applications.

“We needed the full XP operating system because our students want to use media,” Grigsby says. “Audio and video are big things that they use in the labs, and this provides a good experience for them.”

Worldwide thin-client sales are expected to grow from 2.9 million in 2008 to 3.4 million in 2009, an increase of 17.5 percent.

Source: IDC

Cleveland State began the migration last summer. So far it has switched 220 of the 350 computers to thin clients and hopes to finish the migration by fall 2010. The IT department standardized on Wyse V00LE thin clients, which feature a 1.2 gigahertz processor and 1 gigabyte of RAM, and Citrix’s streaming OS software, called Citrix Provisioning Server for Desktops.

The IT department also purchased two Hewlett-Packard BladeSystem c-Class server blades, featuring Intel dual-core processors and 4GB of RAM. The two blades increase reliability: If one blade fails, the other can handle the workload and prevent downtime, Grigsby says.

Nearly one year into the deployment, Cleveland State has already seen a return on investment. Compared with the cost of PCs, an entire thin-client solution — including servers, software licenses and the thin clients themselves — saves the college about $200 per client. When the project is complete, Grigsby expects thin clients will save the university about $50,000 annually.

The thin clients are easy to manage, Grigsby says, because there is only one computer image. As for security, Grigsby likes that the image is in read-only mode, so students can’t change the computer settings.

Grigsby is making improvements to the system. The computer image with the OS and applications was initially 50GB. To speed the OS streaming, Grigsby is reducing the size of the image by moving large applications to a more traditional thin-client architecture. He’s already moved some applications to Citrix XenApp, which has reduced the computer image to 32GB. He hopes to speed the streaming OS even further this summer by moving more large applications to XenApp and reducing the image to 8 to 12GB.

A need to update the PC fleet led the University of Pittsburgh’s Paul Milazzo to opt for thin clients. “They use very little electricity, have no fans, generate no heat and they’re easy to manage.”

Photo Credit: Jeff Swensen

University of Pittsburgh

Last fall, as aging PCs in the student computer lab broke down every other day, network administrator Paul Milazzo knew his school could no longer hold off on purchasing new technology.

Students and staff in the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Dental Medicine rely on the lab to check e-mail and browse the web. Upper-level students who see patients also use the lab to access the school’s online patient management system. The lab’s 30 beat-up computers were nearly six years old. Every other day, Milazzo and his IT colleagues were called in to fix something: a crashed hard drive, failed CD-ROM, sticky keyboard or dead mouse.

All the breakdowns and troubleshooting helped make the case for Milazzo to purchase thin clients. This past January, the school switched to HP thin clients on an HP ProLiant DL380 dual-quad core server with 12GB of RAM running Microsoft Terminal Services.

“We looked for something small and simple with no moving parts,” says Milazzo, now a systems architect for the university. “We knew there would be energy and cost savings, so instead of buying all new desktops, we decided to centralize everything.”

The HP t5630 thin client, built with a 1GHz processor and 1GB of RAM, runs Windows XP embedded. Microsoft Terminal Services software on Windows Server 2003 uses Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), a communications protocol that transfers a user’s mouse and keyboard clicks to the server, which in turn, sends the graphical output to the user’s thin-client device.

To speed multimedia performance, the IT staff installed some applications locally on each thin client’s Flash drive, including Adobe Flash and Apple QuickTime.

“It works great,” Milazzo says. “XP Embedded’s look is familiar to users. Software like Word and PowerPoint works like it does on any other machine, and they love that it boots up in six seconds. You can’t tell you’re on a thin client, and that’s what we were shooting for.”

Milazzo made the thin clients easy to use. When students log on, four icons pop up, giving students access to applications. The first icon is Internet Explorer for web surfing. The three other icons let students log on to terminal sessions.

Some thin clients can consume as little as 6.6 watts of energy, compared with desktops that can consume as much as 150 watts.

Source: Wyse Technology

The first session gives access to the live patient management system, while the second session connects to a test patient management system, set up to train students on how to use the application. The third session gives students access to Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop and other general applications.

The IT staff disabled the USB ports on the thin clients to prevent students from making copies of documents on removable media, such as thumb drives. The dental school must protect patient data because of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. To save documents, students have to visit the IT department, where staffers make sure the files being saved are not sensitive. “There’s no way around it because of HIPAA regulations,” Milazzo says.

While it’s too soon to determine cost savings, Milazzo says the school is taking advantage of central IT management. With Symantec’s Altiris management software, the IT department can manage the thin clients remotely — for instance, to power down devices or set a common screen saver.

Cost is the prime driver for Murray State University’s Tim McNeely. “Long term, our cost is lower. Instead of replacing PCs every five years, we just have to replace three servers every five to seven years, and that’s cheaper.”

Photo Credit: Tamara Reynolds

Murray State University

When Murray State’s College of Humanities and Fine Arts needed to replace 150 aging PCs in its classrooms and computer labs, the IT department switched to thin-client computing for one reason: It wouldn’t take a big, fat chunk out of the budget.

Tim McNeely, the college’s technology coordinator, first considered buying new PCs, but after doing some research he realized thin clients are more affordable. It would have cost $150,000 to replace all the PCs in five classrooms and two small computer labs. Buying an entire thin-client solution — three servers, software licensing and the less expensive thin-client devices — cost only $98,000, a $52,000 savings.

The Kentucky school expects to save even more money in the long run. Because thin clients have no moving parts, such as hard drives and fans, they last several years longer than PCs. When the servers need replacing or software needs upgrading, the college will need to spend only about $8,000 a year.

Microsoft’s Terminal Services will support between 25 and 40 users per processor with 3 to 4 GB of RAM. A virtual desktop infrastructure can typically support six to eight virtual machines per processor core.

Source: CDW, VMware

“Long term, our cost is lower,” McNeely says. “Instead of replacing PCs every five years, we just have to replace three servers every five to seven years, and that’s cheaper.”

McNeely says Murray State’s five classrooms with PCs in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts are packed all day with students who need computers to do research and write papers.

Over the past two years, McNeely has replaced the PCs with a Terminal Services thin-client system featuring three IBM System x3650 rack servers, Wyse S30 thin clients with 400 megahertz processors and 128 megabytes of RAM, and 19-inch LG flat-screen monitors.

Two servers run terminal sessions that give users access to Microsoft Office and the web. The workload is split evenly between the two servers, but if one server goes down, the other can handle the entire load without a major performance hit, McNeely says. The third server provides users access to a statistics application used by students in government, law, international affairs and psychology. The college also runs a virtual server for managing all the sessions, he says.

The ability to remotely and centrally manage the thin clients has saved the IT staff a lot of time, McNeely says. In the past, if professors wanted to add new software, the IT staff would have to schedule around class times to install the software in all 30 computers in a room. Now, with thin clients and remote tools, the IT staff can install the software on the servers immediately.

“It’s definitely decreased our workload. When we’re upgrading software, we do it on three servers without having to touch the 150 stations,” he says.

The college also expects to save significant dollars because the thin clients use very little power and generate very little heat, which saves on air-conditioning costs. Classrooms are also quieter because thin clients don’t have fans, he says.

McNeely is tapping his experience to help three other schools within the university with their thin-client implementations. Students have adapted to the new technology quickly, with no complaints or questions, he says.

“It was very important to us that the user experience be as easy and responsive as the desktop computers we were replacing,” he says.

Ask Some Good Questions

IDC analyst Bob O’Donnell says iT departments should ask these questions to help them settle on a thin-client solution:

1. What are the computing needs of your users?Determine your priorities first, and that will help you determine what kind of architecture and thin-client devices you choose.

2. What kind of infrastructure do you already have? Your existing data center technology should drive your decision.

3. What kind of Microsoft software licenses do you have? Some licenses let iT departments share full operating systems in a virtual-client environment.

4. How good is your IT staff? Implementing the traditional thin-client architecture is easy, but other architectures (such as virtual desktop infrastructure and streaming OS, for which an organization may use a common computer image) can be complex. Make sure the IT department has the expertise to implement the technology you choose.

5. Who will manage the thin clients? The iT staff who manage the servers, or the iT staff who manage the clients? Work out the turf battles in advance.

Choose an Operating System

Operating system choices for thin clients include Windows CE, Windows XP Embedded, Linux and custom OSes. Here’s a rundown:

Windows CE. This OS has a smaller footprint than XP embedded and is capable of internet browsing and multimedia applications. it supports Windows, mainframe and basic web applications, but it has limited support for peripherals.

XP Embedded. This OS features an interface similar to XP, is good for Windows 32-bit applications and supports multimedia applications, internet browsing and has extensive hardware peripheral support. it also supports connectivity to mainframe and feature-rich web applications. On the negative side, it has a large memory requirement.

Linux. An embedded linux operating system requires a small amount of memory. it’s customizable with open-source software and components and supports internet browsing and multimedia capabilities. it has limited peripheral support.

Bolster Multimedia Support

IT departments that use traditional thin-client architecture can ensure quality multimedia through Wyse TCX Multimedia technology. in the past, playing audio or video over independent Computing Architecture or Remote Display Protocol resulted in spotty performance. With Wyse TCX Multimedia 3.0, users can run multimedia applications locally on the thin client, delivering a smooth multimedia experience. The Wyse TCX software works with Citrix XenApp, Microsoft Terminal Server and VMware View.

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Killexams : VMware and HP Unveil Solution to Simplify Datacenter Management

HP Insight Control Is the First Integration with VMware vCenterTM Server to Provide a Single Solution for Managing Both Physical and Virtual Infrastructures

Today at VMworld 2009, VMware and HP announced a solution that will enable customers to manage both physical and virtual infrastructure through the VMware vCenterTM console. This solution will increase administrator efficiency. HP Insight Control for VMware vCenterTM Server, the first integration of its kind, was unveiled during HP's Super Session keynote at VMworld 2009. It is also being presented at demonstrations throughout the event and at the HP booth in the Solutions Exchange (Booth No. 2023).

Customers are demanding tighter integration between virtual and physical environments to simplify the user experience and provide greater infrastructure control in a simple, familiar interface. HP Insight Control for VMware vCenter Server will enable administrators to more efficiently and easily manage both the physical and virtual components of their virtualized infrastructure through the VMware vCenter console. Customers can streamline day-to-day monitoring and management tasks while freeing up IT staff to focus on more strategic projects that better align technology to business needs.

"VMware and HP have joined together to help customers maximize their return on investment in virtualization, continuing our longstanding relationship of deep technology collaboration," said Raghu Raghuram, vice president and general manager, Server Business Unit, VMware. "The new HP Insight Control for VMware vCenterTM Server combines two industry-leading management solutions to offer customers the best of both worlds through ‘single-pane-of-glass' infrastructure management. The solution will help customers manage virtualized environments more easily, with familiar tools that their IT staff has been trained on. At the same time, customers will be able to Improve operational efficiencies by spending less time on maintenance issues and more time building out solutions that will help increase revenue."

"Customers need both a technology infrastructure that accelerates their business and one that addresses the issue of rising management costs," said Mark Potter, senior vice president and general manager, Infrastructure Software and Blades, HP. "HP and VMware have a shared vision of providing the best environment to Improve administrator productivity, resource utilization and time-to-market for technology services to support business demand."

HP and VMware have delivered industry-leading solutions for more than seven years to solve customer problems around virtualizing their infrastructures and managing both physical and virtual environments.

HP Insight Control for VMware vCenter Server will empower customers to:

  • Automatically reduce server problems: IT staff can gain deep insight into their HP physical infrastructures through the VMware vCenter console. If HP tools detect a potential failure, an alarm is passed to the VMware vCenter console, placing the server in maintenance mode while VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS), a component of VMware vSphereTM 4, automatically relocates the virtualized workload to a different host. In addition to ensuring uptime for virtual environments, HP Insight Control is a powerful solution to help manage physical servers. Using HP Insight Control to help manage physical infrastructure can decrease server downtime by up to 77%.(1)
  • Increase IT staff efficiency: With HP Insight Control for VMware vCenter Server, administrators will have access to the information they need to quickly resolve problems. This eliminates the need to switch between consoles to identify hardware issues that may impact application availability. Customers who use HP Insight Control to manage their HP ProLiant and HP BladeSystem physical infrastructures have been able to increase server-to-administrator ratios by up to 98%.(1)
  • Manage infrastructure globally: Customers will be able to remotely manage and troubleshoot VMware virtualized HP ProLiant and BladeSystem servers using HP Integrated Lights Out Advanced capabilities directly from the VMware vCenter Server console, resulting in quicker resolution of system issues and increased server uptime.
  • Reduce energy costs: Intelligent power measurement and control through VMware Distributed Power Management (DPM) and HP Insight Control combined with energy-efficient HP hardware will help customers reduce power costs and their carbon footprint. With HP Insight Control, customers can triple the capacity of their datacenters without expanding their existing power envelopes.(2)

"We've already had huge success with VMware virtualization on HP ProLiant and BladeSystem hardware through our server consolidation project, and now our focus is on determining how we can optimize management of this environment," said Joel Fuller, technical architect at Kroll Ontrack, a technology-driven services, software and consulting company that helps legal, corporate and government entities and consumers recover, search, analyze, produce and present data efficiently and cost-effectively. "HP Insight Control for VMware vCenter Server will help my team respond more quickly to ever-increasing service-level demands while eliminating many of the mundane tasks that consume much of their time."

VMware and HP plan to continue to develop go-to-market programs that leverage both companies' direct and channel sales forces.

"Customers have been asking us for solutions that reduce management complexity and risk of downtime," said James Geis, director of solution development at Forsythe, a North American IT infrastructure integrator. "This new joint solution from HP and VMware will provide a strong server virtualization management solution that addresses those issues."

For more information on the HP Insight Control plug-in for VMware vCenter Server, please visit


HP Insight Control customers are entitled to the VMware vCenter integrations when they purchase an HP Insight Control license. Pricing starts at $349 per server. The software is expected to be available in the first quarter of 2010.

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Killexams : New IIHS Side-Impact Crash Test Shows Troubling Sedan, Wagon Results

Photo credit: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

  • The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) continues to roll out its new side-impact crash testing, releasing video and other information this week about seven sedans and wagons that IIHS recently tested.

  • The short version: It may be time to rethink how smaller vehicles are built in an era of extra-large trucks and SUVs with their higher ride heights.

  • Only the 2022 Subaru Outback (pictured above) was given the top score of Good, while the Chevrolet Malibu, Nissan Altima, and Toyota Camry were all rated Poor in the new test. Subaru's four-door sedan, the Legacy, was not included in this batch of testing.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has again revised its side-impact test, and the latest batch of seven sedans and wagons that IIHS tested did not fare well. Only the Subaru Outback managed to score the top Good rating, while the Volkswagen Jetta and Hyundai Sonata (pictured below) got Acceptable ratings. The other four vehicles tested were the Honda Accord, which got a Marginal rating, and three that ended up with a Poor rating: the Chevrolet Malibu, Nissan Altima, and Toyota Camry. All vehicles tested were from the 2022 model year.

IIHS announced in November 2019 that it would change its side-impact test to better reflect real-world crashes where a tall SUV or a pickup truck hits a smaller vehicle. IIHS said that the side-impact test it was using had been in place since 2003, and automakers had designed their vehicles to pass it. This meant that customers could not distinguish which vehicles performed better in a crash. IIHS believes its updated test will force similar changes on the auto industry in the future.

"We expect automakers to respond to our updated side test, providing increased protection for occupants and producing safer vehicles for consumers," IIHS president David Harkey said in a video about the new test results.

IIHS's new side test uses a 4200-pound movable barrier programmed to strike the driver's side of the vehicle being tested at 37 miles per hour. Previously, the barrier weighed 3300 pounds and hit the car at 31 mph. When the test began, "Many SUVs on the road were close to that weight, but they have gotten much heavier since then," IIHS said in 2019.

The new test barrier's larger size and higher speed mean that it generates 82 percent more energy than in the original test. Using two female dummies sitting in the driver's seat and in the rear seat behind the driver's seat, the new test can better determine how much cabin intrusion might happen in an actual crash. IIHS said the female crash test dummies have been used since 2003 and were chosen for this test to see how well the side airbag coverage works for smaller occupants.

Photo credit: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

In late 2021, IIHS used its new side-impact crash test on a batch of 20 small SUVs. Of those tested, only one, the Mazda CX-5, scored a Good rating.

The seven sedans and wagons tested with the new procedure will not have their new results used in the 2022 criteria for IIHS awards. But, starting in 2023, IIHS will only hand out Top Safety Pick honors to vehicles that get a Good or Acceptable rating in this test, while Top Safety Pick+ will require a Good rating.

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