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High-Performance Computing Breakthroughs on the Horizon

Some of the world’s largest exploration and production companies say the big bets they have placed on high-performance computing over the past several years are set to pay off. Their confidence is bolstered by the increasing capacity of the supercomputers they have built to interpret massive amounts of seismic and geophysical data that would have been nearly impossible to properly analyze using computers considered state-of-the-art only a decade ago.

And as a result of the major advancements being made each year in computing technology, the industry’s reliance on computer science continues to increase as it earns its place alongside the hallmark upstream disciplines of geoscience and engineering. Several of the companies making significant investments in high-performance computing talked about the promise that this technology holds for their exploration strategies at IPTC.

Total established itself as one of the leaders in this realm last March with the startup of a high-performance computer that it is using for seismic data imaging and to maximize future production by simulating how water, oil, and gas flow inside reservoirs. Called Pangea, the computer is capable of a processing speed of 2.3 petaflops, or 2.3 quadrillion computations per second, making it the 14th fastest computer ever built and the industry’s clear leader in terms of raw data crunching power. The company has committed more than USD 21.5 million to the project, which is 15 times faster than Total’s last supercomputer built just 5 years earlier. “We are particularly proud of this leap forward,” said Yves-Louis Darricarrère, upstream president at Total. “To keep meeting our needs, Pangea’s power will be doubled by around 2015.”

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High-Performance Computing Breakthroughs on the Horizon

Trent Jacobs, JPT Technology Writer

01 March 2014

Volume: 66 | Issue: 3

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