Eni has achieved a significant breakthrough with its HPC4 supercomputer, positioning itself for a bright future in reservoir engineering numerical modelling.

Deployed in Eni’s Green Data Centre facility, supercomputer performed a breakthrough calculation, executing 100,000 high-resolution reservoir model simulation runs in 15 hours.

The company noted that this is a much improved performance in comparison with CPU-based hardware and software, which allow just one single simulation run in a few hours.

The development is expected to bolster Eni’s capability to fast-track the time-to-market of projects and deliver ‘outstanding’ reservoir management strategies for all producing fields.

According to Eni, the new hybrid HPC cluster is equipped with 3,200 Graphical Processing Units (GPUs) and ECHELON reservoir simulation software, which is provided by Stone Ridge Technology.

“Using the supercomputer, the company executed a high-resolution model of a deep-water reservoir, with 5.7 million active cells.”

Using the supercomputer, the company executed a high-resolution model of a deep-water reservoir, with 5.7 million active cells.

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The execution, which simulated 15 years of production, was performed with 100,000 different geological realisations, each one running on a single GPU in an average time of 28 minutes.

The breakthrough is an integral part of Eni’s digital strategy and transformation.

Through the run, the company has showcased the first practical step to provide access to a powerful processing tool to all of its reservoir engineers for accurate quantification of subsurface uncertainty and continuous incorporation of data into ‘live’ models on operating assets.

With a peak performance capacity of 22.4 PetaFlop/s, the hybrid supercomputers (HPC3 and HPC4) at the Green data Centre provide strategic support to the company’s digital transformation process across the entire value chain.

The support covers exploration and development of oil and gas reservoirs, as well as management of big data generated in the operational phase by all of the company’s assets.