Italy: Digitalisation Eni Introduces New Super Computer HPC5
Claimed to be the world's most powerful supercomputer infrastructure in the industrial sector, the new super computer HPC5 is capable of enhancing highly complex processes in the energy sector. The move will assist Eni to further improve its digitalisation process.
Ferrera Erbognone/Italy – Eni recently presented its new super computer HPC5, in the presence of Eni’s Chief Executive Officer Claudio Descalzi and President Emma Marcegaglia. Some of the company’s partners in research and scientific innovation, such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Stanford University, the National Research Council (CNR) and the Politecnico di Torino were also present at the occasion. It also included technology partners Dell Technologies, Intel and Nvidia.
Claudio Descalzi, Eni’s CEO, stated: “Eni unveils a supercomputing system with key features which are unique in the industrial world. This system is able to boost and even further refine the highly complex processes that support Eni’s people in their activities and therefore accelerate our digital transformation. This is an important time in the path towards energy transition. It’s another step forward to the global goal that we share with our research and technology partners: making tomorrow’s energy an even closer reality”.
The new supercomputer supports the previous system (HPC4), tripling its computing power from 18 to 52 Peta Flop/s, equivalent to 52 million billion mathematical operations per second, allowing Eni’s supercomputing ecosystem to reach a total peak power of 70 Peta Flop/s. HPC5 is in fact the world's most powerful supercomputer infrastructure in the industrial sector, and allows the company to achieve another milestone in its digitalisation process.
The remarkable increase in computing power, obtained thanks to the use of hybrid architectures, assists Eni in the achievement of multiple strategic targets: further acceleration of the company’s transformation and the development of new energy sources and related processes, such as the generation of energy from the sea, the magnetic confinement fusion, as well as other climate and environmental technologies, developed in collaboration with the many prestigious partnerships formed with research centres.
In addition, HPC5’s capability of processing big data and artificial intelligence systems will lead to further improvement in work processes, with increased process safety, better performances, better planning of exploration activities, enhanced precision in reservoir simulations, supporting the company’s professionals in daily activities, while speeding up decision-making.