BP has started the build of a new facility in Houston that will house what the super-major says will be the world’s largest supercomputing complex for commercial research.
The High-Performance Computing (HPC) Center is scheduled to open mid-year at BP’s Westlake Campus in Houston.
It will serve as a worldwide hub for processing and managing huge amounts of geologic and seismic data from across BP’s portfolio and enable geoscientists to better image of deep subsurface structures.
Equipped with more than 67,000 CPUs, it is expected to have the ability to process data at a rate of up to two “petaflops” before the end of the year.
The existing HPC now has a peak rate of 1.227 petaflops.
BP’s new supercomputer will also have a total memory of 536 terabytes and disk space of 23.5 petabytes.