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Folgers HPC
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“Supercomputers and the Secret Life of Coffee.”

Published May 2008

To improve the freshness of its Folgers® coffee and reduce the costs of packaging, researchers at Procter & Gamble decided to switch from a metal can to a plastic container. However, they ran into a number of problems related to gas build up inside the containers, fluctuations caused by changes in atmospheric pressure during shipment and a problem associated with the coffee cans imploding while being trucked to their destination. This latter problem almost caused the entire research project to fail. The group used high performance computing both to solve their problems in a timely fashion, and provide the company with a competitive advantage as well.