BP opens new supercomputing facility in Houston
Oct 25, 2013 (MarketLine via COMTEX) --
BP p.l.c., a provider of fuel, lubricants and petrochemicals products, has opened a new facility in Houston to house a supercomputer for commercial research.
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 analyze massive quantities of seismic data and enabling more detailed in-house modeling 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.
"BP's investment in this new supercomputing center 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," said 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. 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.
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