Total has brought on line its new Pangea III supercomputer, multiplying the Group’s computing power by almost 5 to 31.7 petaflops1 (equivalent to 170,000 laptops combined) and tripling its storage capacity to 76 petabytes2 (equivalent to about 50 million HD movies).
Pangea III’s capacity adds to its predecessors (Pangea I and II) and is now ranked the number 1 most powerful supercomputer in the industry, and the 11th most powerful computer globally, public or private (TOP500 ranking).
“Pangea III’s additional computing power enhances Total’s operational excellence. It enables Total to reduce geological risks in exploration and development, accelerate project maturation and delivery, and increases the value of our assets through optimized field operations, with all this at a lower cost,” stated Arnaud Breuillac, President Total Exploration & Production.
Developed by IBM, the new high performance computer also enhances energy efficiency, dividing the power consumption per petaflop by 11 (1.5 MW for Pangea III versus 4.5 MW for Pangea I and II).
Pangea III has varied applications, particularly in three different fields:
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.
Date: Jun 18, 2019