Eni turns on one of the largest and energy efficient High Performance Computing System for Industrial Oil and Gas activities

Eni has put into operation its second major HPC system. The new supercomputer has an innovative approach based on the usage of accelerators to implement a so called "hybrid cluster architecture". With an upgrade of 1,500 IBM server nodes, 3,000 new Intel processors and 3,000 NVIDIA GPU accelerators, the energy-efficient HPC system allows Eni to increase its computational capability to 3 Petaflops to more effectively support exploration and reservoir activities.

The new Eni’s HPC System is the largest supercomputer in Europe for Oil & Gas industrial production use and one of the largest in the oil industry, ranked number 11th on the new TOP500 List.

The new HPC cluster will support the core business of the Company by allowing faster and more accurate depth data processing. Eni has adopted the strategy of using the latest computing technology to spur on advances in exploration geophysics and in reservoir simulation. By utilising its own proprietary code, developed with the latest parallel programming tools, Eni can get high resolution 3D subsurface images from seismic data at more than five times the speed of conventional supercomputers, as well as granting the highest quality data needed to reduce exploration risk.

As far as dynamic reservoir simulation is concerned the new system allows more and more accurate dynamic simulations of oil and gas deposits to target a significantly higher level of detail of the model, as well as reducing the simulation time. These two aspects can be crucial for optimizing hydrocarbon recovery field development planning and time to market.


Last updated on 18/07/14