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HPC3: Eni's new High Performance Computer for E&P

5 April 2017

A new supercomputing system of Eni, HPC3, has been fired up at the beginning of April in the Green Data Center of Ferrera Erbognone (PV). The supercomputer will allow Eni to fully support all the activities in the Exploration and Production sector. Together with the co-existing HPC2 system, HPC3 will provide Eni with a sustained 5.8 PetaFLOPS, and 8.4 PetaFLOPS of peak computing capacity.

The new cluster continues along the Eni’s HPC philosophy based on hybrid architectures, by using top end GP-GPUs as computational accelerators. The development of the system driven by internal Eni’s research activity, has been carried on with the support of the Cineca team, the cluster design targets both the most efficient energy solution and the delivery of the maximum computational power required by the most advanced proprietary algorithms. 

Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi said: "The start-up of the new HPC3 supercomputer and the next comer HPC4 will enable Eni to deploy the most advanced and sophisticated proprietary codes developed by our research for the E&P activities. These technologies will provide Eni with unprecedented accuracy and resolution in seismic imaging, geological modelling and reservoir dynamic simulation, allowing us to further accelerate overall cycle times in the upstream process and to sustain the E&P performances".

The project has seen a close collaboration between the HPC systems management team of Cineca and the Production Support Eni. Moreover, Cineca will continue to work on the development and optimization of the software used by the supercomputer.

 "A result that rewards the engagement of the staff both of Cineca and Eni" said Sanzio Bassini, director of HPC Business Unit Cineca.

"A confirmation of the importance of the collaboration between public and private research, of which our Country can be proud," concludes the director of Cineca, dr. David Vannozzi.