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Dell EMC to Deploy World’s Largest Industrial Supercomputer at Eni

Today Eni announced plans to deploy the world’s largest industrial supercomputer at its Green Data Center in Italy. Called “HPC5,” the new system from Dell EMC will triple the computing power of their existing HPC4 system. The combined machines will have a total peak power of 70 Petaflops.

HPC5 will be provided by Dell Technologies and made up of 1,820 Dell EMC PowerEdge C4140 servers, each with two Intel Gold 6252 24-core processors and four NVIDIA V100 GPU accelerators. The servers will be connected through an InfiniBand Mellanox HDR ultra-high-performance network with a speed of 200 Gbit/s and a full non-blocking topology that ensures efficient and direct connection among every server. HPC5 also comes with a high-performance 15-petabyte storage system (200 GB/s aggregate read/write speeds).

Eni continues to draw a strategic path on which the new supercomputer system will be crucial both to digital transformation throughout the energy value chain and to Eni’s vision for energy in the future. HPC5 allows the use of the “big data” generated during the operations phase by all of the production assets, and will further accelerate R&D into non-fossil energy sources, as well as supporting exploration, development and monitoring of oil fields during all stages.

Our investment to strengthen our supercomputer infrastructure and to develop proprietary technologies are a crucial part of the digital transformation of Eni,” said Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi. “Having great computing power and sophisticated algorithms at our disposal makes us leaders in the modern energy sector and projects us on to the future. Eni is forging that future through a range of alternative energy projects, and through a solid R&D investment plan. With HPC5, we are entering the world of exascale computing in the energy sector, which will revolutionize company processes in the future.”

In line with Eni’s unwavering commitment to sustainability, HPC5 has been designed to be as energy-efficient as possible, using energy produced by the solar plant at the Green Data Center to reduce emissions and running costs.

Eni’s Green Data Center opened in 2013 and was one of the first facilities of its kind and size in Europe. The launch of HPC5 confirms the excellence that defines the company’s technical infrastructure.

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