Digital simulation using high-performance computation (HPC) and real-time computation are essential tools for the development of breakthrough innovations, particularly in the energy sector. Because it contributes to a better understanding of physical phenomena or because it makes it possible to optimize and more effectively control complex systems, the use of intensive computation helps reduce the timescales and costs involved in the emergence of innovations. It is therefore a useful lever to boost company competitiveness.
Through this agreement, the two signatories hope to launch a structured joint programme aimed at overcoming some major obstacles relating to high-performance and real-time computation issues.
As a developer of technological and software innovations in the energy sector, IFPEN has built up substantial expertise in the application and adaptation of advances in the field of digital sciences - digital methods, HPC simulation, software architectures, optimization and control, real time, modelling and data processing, etc. - to its various research areas - oil exploration and production, production of fuels and chemical intermediates from fossil resources and biomass, fuel-efficient, environmentally-friendly transport systems, offshore wind energy, the circular economy, etc.
The contributions of Inria, the French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation, primarily concern the development of models, grids, effective digital methods, such as discretization or the resolution of algebraic systems, as well as the optimization of scientific computation tools. To aid "real-time" decision-making, Inria works on the management of systems of systems, notably using design algorithms - generation of metamodels, automatic solution generation, comparison of options, etc., command algorithms - multiphysical, multifield or multiscale systems - or optimal control algorithms.
Other areas of expertise will also be brought into play, such as the quantification of uncertainties for system reliability and safety.
The complementarity between the two players will help meet the digital requirements of the new challenges facing the energy sector.
"Inria and IFPEN have been successfully collaborating for a number of years in the field of digital sciences applied to energy optimization and the environment. Inria is delighted to be able to step up this collaboration and structure it around the two major challenges of scientific computation and real-time computing", stated Antoine Petit, Chairman and CEO of Inria.
"This alliance with Inria in the field of high-performance and real-time computation is of strategic importance for IFPEN. By pooling our research efforts, we will help drive innovations in the energy field", stated Didier Houssin, Chairman and CEO of IFPEN.