Intel Partners with Georgia Tech on Supply Chain Modeling

Chip giant providing hardware to run complex simulations for testing supply strategies, operational tactics in virtual supply chain

Chip giant providing hardware to run complex simulations for testing supply strategies, operational tactics in virtual supply chain

Atlanta — April 2, 2004 — Computer chip giant Intel is partnering with the Executive Master's in International Logistics (EMIL) program at Georgia Tech's School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) to create cutting-edge supply chain modeling and simulation tools.

The partners have agreed to combine Intel's processors with Georgia Tech's mathematical and engineering expertise to explore this new frontier in supply chain solutions. The goal of the research is to create a means for testing diverse supply chain strategies and operational tactics under different scenarios in order to discover which strategy is likely to achieve the best performance.

The distributed simulation modeling approach under development with the Intel technology is intended to enable companies to model and manage the unpredictability of their supply chains with greater ease, accuracy and speed than ever before.

In this research effort, individual supply chain elements are represented via independent simulation models capable of communicating with one another, much as factories and warehouses communicate. They can then pass material to one another through transport systems that are similarly modeled as independent simulations.

These simulation models, while running on different computers, communicate with one another over the Internet using High Level Architecture (HLA), a software infrastructure for support of distributed simulations. Eventually, the simulation methodology developed could be integrated with analytic tools for faster analysis and decision-making.

Intel and EMIL have a relationship that dates back to the program's inception in 1999. Intel executives have served on program's advisory board, and Intel has sponsored executives as EMIL participants since 2000.

Last October the Intel Innovation & Education Program granted ISyE $30,000 in computer hardware, including 3.06GHz Workstation 650s with Xeon Processors, for use in the school's ongoing distributed supply chain research, which is spearheaded by Dr. Leon McGinnis, a professor of manufacturing at Georgia Tech. In tandem, EMIL's advisory board approved funding through the EMIL Scholars Program to support faculty research on the same topic.

"By increasing the depth of the relationship between EMIL and Intel, we are building new capabilities that will allow us to model our businesses as never before," said Jim Kellso, manager of supply network research at Intel. "Georgia Tech excels in the engineering and mathematical expertise needed to analyze supply networks, while Intel offers the advanced technology needed to make complex simulations possible."

"Intel has chosen to invest in EMIL because it helps us to have a world-class supply network and to take full advantage of changes in the economy and respond quickly to any and all opportunities," said Cindie Kienitz, worldwide transportation manager at Intel.

The 18-month EMIL master's program keeps key employees on-the-job while teaching them techniques for decreasing logistics costs and improving supply chain efficiencies. Courses are delivered through faculty lectures, industry speakers, case studies, group projects and company presentations.