France's Total announced Tuesday that its supercomputer Pangea recently boosted its computing power from 2.3 to 6.7 petaflops1, the equivalent of more than 80,000 laptops combined. The company said its storage capacity has also been increased, to 26 petabytes2 — the equivalent of 6 million DVDs. Total said that with this upgrade, Pangea is the No. 1 Computer in the O&G industry and among the top 10 most powerful computers, public or private, in the world in the TOP 500 ranking.
“We tripled Pangea’s computing power in just two years. In the era of big data, state-of-the-art data-intensive computing is a competitive advantage. This power will help us to improve our performance and to reduce our costs,” Arnaud Breuillac, President Total Exploration & Production, said.
Pangea was described by the companuy as a decision-support tool used for exploration and field management. Total articulated the following reasons it is investing in the latest IT technologies in the market:
- Improve the accuracy of subsurface imaging.
- Optimize the development and production of Total’s fields.
- Save time, by shortening the duration of studies.
The boost in capacity, Total says, will support the use of next-generation algorithms developed by Total's R&D team to image more and more complex regions and produce numerical simulations of fields, incorporating 4D3 seismic data.
Pangea requires a power supply of 4.5 MW. Total’s buildings in Pau, France are heated by reusing some of the heat released by the supercomputer. Silicon Graphics International (SGI) designed Pangea.