Eni Upgrades HPE HPC Infrastructure via GreenLake

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) today announced the upgrade of the supercomputer system of Eni, the Italian multinational supermajor energy company. The upgrade of the company’s supercomputer, HPC4, will be delivered as a service through the HPE GreenLake edge-to-cloud platform and is intended increase performance and double storage capacity to improve accuracy of image-intensive modeling and simulations of complex energy research.

Eni’s new HPC4 is built with 1,500 customized nodes with HPE ProLiant DL385 Gen10 Plus servers utilizing the 3rd Gen AMD EPYC processors, the AMD Instinct MI100 accelerator and NVIDIA V100 and A100 Tensor Core GPUs.

HPE said the GreenLake platform will allow Eni to more easily monitor HPC4 utilization and energy consumption. Eni will house HPC4 in the Green Data Center in Ferrera Erbognone, a province in Pavia, Italy.

The HPC4 upgrade doubles system capacity with 10 petabytes of storage to support the scaling and image-intensity of its analysis. The expanded storage includes the Cray ClusterStor E1000 storage system and the HPE Data Management Framework to support image-intensive modeling and simulation workloads.

HPE said the new infrastructure will improve energy usage and reduce electronic waste by using HPE Asset Upcycling Services. This is part of the circular economy initiative from HPE Financial Services, which leverages asset longevity to reuse products by recycling equipment from its existing HPC4 system and replacing it with newer solutions.

“HPC plays an increasingly important role in fueling innovation, which has a tremendous impact on economic growth for Italy. The ability to process and extract value from data helps organizations identify new opportunities to stay competitive,” said Stefano Venturi, president and managing director at Hewlett Packard Enterprise Italy. “We are honored to have been selected by Eni to deploy powerful supercomputing technologies that will drive innovation for the energy industry as well as digital transformation for our nation.”

“In the Age of Insight, harnessing data efficiently and quickly will play a significant role in driving optimal business results,” said Antonio Neri, president and CEO at HPE. “Our comprehensive high-performance computing (HPC) solutions and HPE GreenLake support Eni in achieving greater image accuracy of critical seismic analysis and are key to unlocking outcomes in energy production. We are thrilled to be part of Eni’s important mission to identify and develop new energy sources.”

The HPE GreenLake platform can run on-premises, at the edge or in a colocation facility; it’s designed to combines the simplicity of the cloud with the governance, compliance and visibility of hybrid IT. HPE GreenLake offers cloud services for analytics, bare metal, compute, container
management, core payment systems, data protection, electronic medical records, 5G, HCI, HPC, machine learning operations, networking, risk management, SAP HANA, storage, VDI, and VMs. The HPE GreenLake business has more than $5.2 billion USD in total contract value and about 1,200
enterprise customers in 50 countries.