New Total Supercomputer to Help Exploration
Total has brought its new Pangea III supercomputer online, boosting the group’s computing power to 31.7 petaflops (equivalent to 170,000 laptops combined) and tripling its storage capacity to 76 petabytes (equivalent to around 50 million HD movies).
The new supercomputer will enable Total to reduce geological risks in exploration and development, accelerate project maturation and delivery and increases the value of the company’s assets through optimized field operations, according to Arnaud Breuillac, Total’s president of exploration and production.
Total revealed that Pangea III’s “enhanced capabilities” will also extend to new applications within the group, such as molecular modeling to optimize refining processes or improve lubricants’ properties.
“In addition, it will enable our R&D teams to test complex new algorithms and facilitate the development of artificial intelligence solutions, an important growth area for Total as illustrated by our partnership with Google Cloud,” Total said in a company statement posted on its website.
Back in April, Total revealed that it and Google Cloud had signed an agreement to jointly develop artificial intelligence solutions applied to subsurface data analysis for oil and gas exploration and production.
Total, which describes itself as a major energy player, employs around 100,000 people in more than 130 countries. The company is present in Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and North and South America.
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