The HPC3 and existing HPC2 system will provide Eni with a sustained 5.8 PetaFLOPS, and 8.4 PetaFLOPS of peak computing capacity.
Eni’s HPC philosophy is based on hybrid architectures, using top-end GP-GPUs as computational accelerators. The cluster design is said to target the most efficient energy solution and delivery of the maximum computational power required by the most advanced proprietary algorithms.
HPC3 has an energy efficiency consumption of 3.66 gigaFLOPS/Watt: this is said to be maximized by the direct free-cooling solution provided by the hosting Green Data Center.
Next step in the process, the HPC4, should be ready at the start of next year, designed to exceed the current limit of 10 PetaFLOPS of computing power.
Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi said: “The start-up of the new HPC3 supercomputer and the next comer HPC4 will enable Eni to deploy the most advanced and sophisticated proprietary codes developed by our research for the E&P activities.
“These technologies will provide Eni with unprecedented accuracy and resolution in seismic imaging, geological modeling and reservoir dynamic simulation, allowing us to further accelerate overall cycle times in the upstream process and to sustain the E&P performances.”