BP Launches World's Largest Supercomputer For Commercial Research

Keith Gray, manager, BP Center for High Performance Computing, standing before a row of computers on the third floor of the new facility.
BP has formally opened its new Center for High Performance Computing in West Houston. The facility houses the world's largest supercomputer dedicated to commercial research.

BP ribbon cutting

The facility nearly doubles BP’s capacity to process amounts of seismic imaging data, used to locate oil and gas formations in deep water or deep underground.

The extra computing power will allow BP scientists to complete an imaging project in one day that would have taken four years using technology available just ten years ago.

Keith Gray is manager of the High Performance Computing center.

“At the moment, that rack has 56 computers. Each of the computers has 20 CPUs [with] 256 gigabytes of memory. One of those computers has more total capability than everything we had in 1999.”

The new supercomputer is designed to process over 2,000 trillion calculations per second, with a memory capacity equivalent to more than 40,000 average laptop computers.

 

BP High Performance building

 

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