Over at Le Republique, Eric Normand writes that the Total Oil Company in France has started installation of a 2.5 Petaflop supercomputer from SGI. Named after the original supercontinent, the Pangea supercomputer is 15 times more powerful than Rostand, its predecessor installed in 2008.
Total will use the new system for oil and gas exploration underneath the sea bed, something that was nearly impossible without the huge computational power of a system like Pangea.
“For example, until, when they met a layer of salt, you never knew what was underneath,” said Total’s Didier Naval. “With the new computer, we can.”
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