PARIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Regulatory News:
Total (Paris:FP) (LSE:TTA) (NYSE:TOT) 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
“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
- Exploration and development seismic imaging:
New algorithms can process huge amounts of data more accurately, at
higher resolution and help to more reliably locate hydrocarbons below
ground. This is especially useful in complex geologic environments with
resources trapped under salt, such as in Brazil, the Gulf of Mexico,
Angola and the Eastern Mediterranean.
- Development and production models
Increased computing power allows us to use innovative reservoir
simulation methods that, for example, integrate more efficiently a
field’s production history, to generate more reliable predictive
production models, much faster than we used to.
- Asset valuation and selectivity
Pangea III also contributes to our business efficiency by enabling an
early assessment of the value of exploration acreage and asset
opportunities, thus enhancing selectivity in our new ventures.
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.
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Total is a major energy player that produces and markets fuels, natural
gas and low-carbon electricity. Our 100,000 employees are committed to
better energy that is safer, more affordable, cleaner and accessible to
as many people as possible. Active in more than 130 countries, our
ambition is to become the responsible energy major.
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1 A petaflop is a quadrillion (thousand trillion) floating
point operations (“flops”) per second.
petabyte is a million gigabytes of data
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