Chip Shot: World’s Largest System for Commercial Research Powered by Intel® Xeon® Processors

Announced recently, the supercomputer located in BP’s Center for High-Performance Computing in Houston will be the world’s largest installation for commercial research. 2.2 Petaflops of computing power is delivered by 10,864 Intel® Xeon® processors (5432 nodes, 96,992 cores) and is aimed to 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. The supercomputer also relies on support of a Lustre-based storage system with over 100 petabytes of storage space.