A major event dedicated to digitalisation took place on 22 February at the Green Data Center in Ferrera Erbognone, in the heart of the Po Valley.

At Eni, talking about the HPC4 supercomputer system means describing excellence as it mostly relates to people and skills. The Green Data Center provides the perfect backdrop for such a discussion; a facility unlike any other, developed and built in Italy, which symbolises efficiency, innovation, security, sustainability and reliability.

"We are in the crucial phase of our digitalisation process, with 150 projects spanning all business areas and 150 managers involved, with the aim of reaching significant mid-term and short-term economic benefits."

Claudio Descalzi

The event featured Claudio Descalzi, CEO of Eni, Massimo Inguscio, president of the National Research Council, and Riccardo Luna, editor-in-chief of Agi. Riccardo Sabatini, a 34-year-old physicist from Cremona, now based in Palo Alto, and Valentina Sumini, a researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), described their experiences of digital innovation in different environments. The guests included geologist Emiliano Mutti and Clara Andreoletti, exploration manager at Eni, who discussed topics to do with the digital transformation currently taking place within our company. The discussion was chaired by Riccardo Luna.

HPC4 has a peak performance of 18.6 PetaFlop/s that when combined with the supercomputing system already in operation (HPC3) increases Eni’s peak computational capacity to 22.4 PFlop/s. The new supercomputer quadruples the computing power of the entire Green Data Center in Ferrera Erbognone, making it the world’s most powerful industrial system.

We have chosen low-carbon solutions to meet the energy needs of the entire system and opted for an air-based rather than a water-based cooling system. The facility is powered by the Enipower plant located next to the centre and, recently, by the 1MW (approx) photovoltaic system, which can provide up to 50 per cent of the power the supercomputers need, the first to become operational within “Progetto Italia”.

New ideas and immense tenacity are essential attributes in our line of work. They come naturally to our staff, going hand-in-hand with the technical skills we have developed over the years. We’ve made technology our ally, while IT is a valuable tool that benefits the entire company. Eni has always been considered a digital business and so over the years we have chosen to take part in numerous events to discuss the industry’s direction.