Referenznummer: CON-GER-STU-MA

Master Thesis: Exploring the role of high-performance computing in future (software-defined) vehicles

Aachen, Cologne, Munich


Target Group:
9/6/2023 -
FEV Consulting GmbH


FEV Consulting is the FEV Group's technology-driven top management consultancy. We act as a guide between strategy development and product realization in today's global environment. We do not simply work for companies, but for our customers - people who want to move society forward. That's why we develop and optimize technical product concepts with our focus on customer benefit, feasibility, sustainability and profitability. 

Work together with us on challenging projects from different areas of the mobility, transportation and energy sectors.
Sample topics include: sustainable vehicle and mobility concepts, business transformations to maintain future viability, coupling the energy and transportation sectors, digital services, and business development for innovation.


The automotive industry is undergoing a profound transformation, inceasing the importance of in-vehicle computing power to enable advanced vehicle functions such as advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), infotainment and vehicle connectivity. This master's thesis delves into the critical role of high-performance computing (HPC), but especially into different types of chip clusters and their specific properties to create the computing hardware required for software-defined vehicles.

This research will investigate different types of chips & semiconducters that will be required to enable software-defined vehicles, considering factors such as real-time processing, machine learning, and data-intensive applications. It will also explore how the vehicle computer hardware architecture will evolve across future vehicle generations to accommodate these HPC requirements. Furthermore, the thesis will investigate the implications of this development on both vehicle OEMs and suppliers, as it reshapes the strategic importance and dependency on chip design and manufacturing competences. It shall also provide an indication which types of chips are strategically relevant and suitable for local supply or even in-house design and manufacturing.

Potential research question: "What kinds of high-performance chips are essential for future software-defined vehicles, how will the vehicle computer hardware evolve, and what are the strategic implications for vehicle OEM


  • You are completing your master's degree in industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, business administration, economics or a comparable course of study at a leading university
  • You have exceptional academic performance and impress us with your personal profile
  • You ideally gained inital practical experience in consulting or a technical industry
  • You have very good analytical skills
  • You are a motivated and committed team player
  • You have very good knowledge of MS Office applications
  • You communicate very well in English, and you are ideally fluent in the local office language - both verbally and in writing


Sina Aumann
Human Resources - FEV Consulting GmbH

Phone: +49 160 746 3685

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