Aramco takes delivery of Dammam 7 supercomputer

Jan. 25, 2021
Saudi Aramco will use a new supercomputer to support its E&P activities.

Offshore staff

DHAHRAN, Saudi ArabiaSaudi Aramco will use a new supercomputer to support its E&P activities.

Dammam 7, named after the first oil discovery well drilled in Saudi Arabia in 1938, was developed at Dhahran Techno Valley in partnership with Solutions, a subsidiary of stc Group, and Hewlett Packard subsidiary CRAY.

According to Aramco, Dammam 7 is one of the world’s 10 most powerful supercomputers, with 55.4 petaflops of peak computing power.

This should allow the company to process and image ultra-large geophysical datasets, with the imaging and deep-learning algorithm capabilities also suited to construction of very detailed 3D earth models.

Aramco expects the facility to improve its capability in the discovery and recovery of oil and gas; lessen exploration and development risks; and enhance decision-making concerning future investments in production and resource allocation.

President and CEO Amin H. Nasser said: “The Dammam 7 supercomputer…will help us with breakthroughs as part of our long-term ‘Discovery and Recovery’ strategy in our Upstream business.

“This technology that processes complex data faster will enable new discoveries and enhanced recoveries, which are crucial to both ensuring the availability of adequate supply to meet the demand for energy and to cut costs while boosting productivity.”