Italy: Digital Transformation Oil Company Eni Boots Up Super Computer

Editor: Alexander Stark

Eni has booted up its HPC4 supercomputer with a peak performance of 18.6 Petaflops. Located at its Green Data Center in Ferrera Erbognone, 60 km from Milan, HPC4 quadruples the company’s computing power.

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Eni Chief Executive Officer, Claudio Descalzi
Eni Chief Executive Officer, Claudio Descalzi
(Source: Eni)

San Donato Milanese/Italy — According to the latest official Top 500 supercomputers list published last November (the next list is due to be published in June 2018), HPC4 is the only non-governmental and non-institutional system ranking among the top ten most powerful systems in the world.

The Italian company announced that the new HPC4 supercomputer would ensure a high level of data processing and storage capacity. The system is able to host the entire ecosystem of algorithms developed internally. Combined with the supercomputing system already in operation (HPC3), the new computer increases the oil company's computational peak capacity to 22.4 Petaflops.

The Green Data Center has been designed as a single IT Infrastructure to host all of HPC’s architecture and all the other Business applications. The supercomputers (the HPC3 and the new HPC4) provide strategic support to the company’s process of digital transformation across the entire value chain, from the exploration and development phase of oil and gas reservoirs, to the management of the big data generated in the operational phase by all our productive assets (upstream, refining and petrochemicals).

HPC4 will support the execution and evolution of Eni’s suite of 3D Seismic Imaging packages, as well as Petroleum System Modelling together with Reservoir Simulation algorithms and improvement of production plants. Eni chief executive officer, Claudio Descalzi, said that these technologies would enable his company, on the one hand, to accelerate and make the entire upstream process more efficient and accurate, reducing risks in the exploration phase.

The new hybrid HPC cluster provided by Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is built on 1600 HPE Pro Liant DL380 nodes, each equipped with two Intel 24-core Skylake processors (totalling more than 76,000 cores) and two Nvidia Tesla P100 GPU accelerators, all connected through a high-speed EDR Infini Band. The new system will be working alongside a high performance 15 Petabytes storage subsystem.