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Primeur weekly 2013-10-28

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Both citizens and scientific communities to benifit from Desktop Grid technology within the IDGF-SP project ...

Desktop Grids technically integrated into wider Grid and Cloud infrastructure for scientific computing ...

Users are now able to build their own Desktop Grid infrastructure in the Cloud ...

Exascale supercomputing

Indiana University Center scores funds for exascale supercomputing ...

The Cloud

Innovative HPC-in-the-Cloud service for China enabled by Bright Cluster Manager ...

City of Rotterdam selects Oracle HCM Cloud to help reduce costs, automate HR processes and improve HR activities ...

HP Aurasma boosts scalability and performance for augmented reality with HP Cloud ...

eMeter, a Siemens Business, provides real-time access to data analytics in the Cloud ...

Oracle buys BigMachines ...

IBM opens Federal Cloud Innovation Center in Washington, D.C. ...

EuroFlash

Notre Dame scales up HPC with Allinea Software's tools ...

ZIB and Intel have established a research centre for many-core high performance computing in Berlin ...

ZIB successfully concluded Phase I of the acceptance test of the HLRN-III Cray supercomputer ...

AMS-IX exceeds 10 Tb/s of connected capacity ...

Saarbrücken physicists aim to make transition to quantum world visible ...

New Belarus-Russian Union State programme on SKIF supercomputers possible in 2014 ...

USFlash

Univa completes acquisition of Grid Engine assets, becoming the sole commercial provider of Grid Engine software ...

Fusion-io expands relationship with Fujitsu worldwide to accelerate PRIMERGY and PRIMEQUEST servers ...

New IDC worldwide HPC end-user study identifies latest trends in high performance computing usage and spending ...

BP opens new facility in Houston to house the world's largest supercomputer for commercial research ...

New explanation for star formation: Computer simulations to provide physical explanation for Larson's Laws ...

SGI launches portfolio of new solutions to enable Big Data innovations and big breakthroughs ...

SGI empowers enterprises with Big Data innovations for big results ...

Game-changing classroom opens in library at Clemson University ...

IBM licenses new ARM technology for custom chips aimed at networking and communications ...

Oracle licenses VMware vSphere storage APIs for Oracle storage ...

NIST/JQI team gets the edge on photon transport in silicon ...

When scaling the quantum slopes, veer for the straight path ...

BP opens new facility in Houston to house the world's largest supercomputer for commercial research

22 Oct 2013 Houston - BP has opened a new facility in Houston to house the world's largest supercomputer for commercial research, highlighting its commitment to leading-edge technology in support of its core oil and gas business around the globe. BP worked with HP and Intel to grow its computing power to over 2.2 Petaflop/s, almost doubling its capability this year.

The Center for High-Performance Computing, located at BP's US headquarters in Houston, will serve as a worldwide hub for processing and managing huge amounts of geophysical data from across BP's portfolio and be a key tool in helping scientists to "see" more clearly what lies beneath the earth's surface.

Ever-more precise images of the subsurface - made possible by greater computing power, speed and storage capacity - will enhance BP's ability to find new energy resources, by reducing the time needed to analyse massive quantities of seismic data and enabling more detailed in-house modelling of rock formations before drilling begins. Such advances will help BP build on its historic strength in oil and natural gas exploration.

Better imaging capability will also help the company more safely and efficiently appraise new finds and manage complex reservoirs once production starts. In addition, the centre opens up new possibilities for research into other important aspects of BP's business activities, from oil refining to enhanced oil recovery. For example, it will help facilitate BP's industry-leading development of "digital rocks", a proprietary technology for calculating petrophysical rock properties and modelling fluid flow directly from high-resolution 3D images - at a scale equivalent to 1/50th of the thickness of a human hair.

"BP's investment in this new supercomputing centre not only highlights the increasingly high-tech nature of today's global oil and gas industry, it underscores our company's long-held belief in the vital role technology plays - and will continue to play - in solving the world's biggest energy challenges", stated Jackie Mutschler, BP's Head of Upstream Technology.

BP's new Center for High-Performance Computing is housed in a three-story, 110,000 square foot building at BP's Westlake campus. Built to withstand the strong Gulf Coast weather events, reduce energy consumption and accommodate future growth, the building replaces BP's previous supercomputing complex, which had been located within an office tower at the campus.

The previous supercomputing facility was the world's first commercial research centre to achieve a petaflop of processing speed - or one thousand trillion calculations per second. But it had reached maximum power and cooling capacity, limiting options for growth.

BP worked with HP and Intel to grow its computing power to over 2.2 petaflops, almost doubling its capability this year.

BP's new supercomputer will also boast total memory of 1000 terabytes and disk space of 23.5 petabytes - the equivalent of over 40,000 average laptop computers.
Source: BP

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2013-10-28

Special

Both citizens and scientific communities to benifit from Desktop Grid technology within the IDGF-SP project ...

Desktop Grids technically integrated into wider Grid and Cloud infrastructure for scientific computing ...

Users are now able to build their own Desktop Grid infrastructure in the Cloud ...

Exascale supercomputing

Indiana University Center scores funds for exascale supercomputing ...

The Cloud

Innovative HPC-in-the-Cloud service for China enabled by Bright Cluster Manager ...

City of Rotterdam selects Oracle HCM Cloud to help reduce costs, automate HR processes and improve HR activities ...

HP Aurasma boosts scalability and performance for augmented reality with HP Cloud ...

eMeter, a Siemens Business, provides real-time access to data analytics in the Cloud ...

Oracle buys BigMachines ...

IBM opens Federal Cloud Innovation Center in Washington, D.C. ...

EuroFlash

Notre Dame scales up HPC with Allinea Software's tools ...

ZIB and Intel have established a research centre for many-core high performance computing in Berlin ...

ZIB successfully concluded Phase I of the acceptance test of the HLRN-III Cray supercomputer ...

AMS-IX exceeds 10 Tb/s of connected capacity ...

Saarbrücken physicists aim to make transition to quantum world visible ...

New Belarus-Russian Union State programme on SKIF supercomputers possible in 2014 ...

USFlash

Univa completes acquisition of Grid Engine assets, becoming the sole commercial provider of Grid Engine software ...

Fusion-io expands relationship with Fujitsu worldwide to accelerate PRIMERGY and PRIMEQUEST servers ...

New IDC worldwide HPC end-user study identifies latest trends in high performance computing usage and spending ...

BP opens new facility in Houston to house the world's largest supercomputer for commercial research ...

New explanation for star formation: Computer simulations to provide physical explanation for Larson's Laws ...

SGI launches portfolio of new solutions to enable Big Data innovations and big breakthroughs ...

SGI empowers enterprises with Big Data innovations for big results ...

Game-changing classroom opens in library at Clemson University ...

IBM licenses new ARM technology for custom chips aimed at networking and communications ...

Oracle licenses VMware vSphere storage APIs for Oracle storage ...

NIST/JQI team gets the edge on photon transport in silicon ...

When scaling the quantum slopes, veer for the straight path ...