Latest TOP500 List is Petaflop Systems-Only

  • Latest TOP500 List is Petaflop Systems-Only

Latest TOP500 List is Petaflop Systems-Only

The top 500 list is considered one of the most authoritative rankings of the world's supercomputers.

But Total won't be using all that power to find some high-quality French grot, but rather will use Pangea III to locate new resources on oil and gas exploration missions and find more ways to generate revenue.

China is planning a multibillion-dollar investment to upgrade its supercomputer infrastructure to regain leadership after the United States took top spot for the fastest supercomputer in 2018, ending China's five-year dominance, the South China Morning Post reported in March, citing people familiar with the matter.

In addition, according to Total Pangea III requires 1.5 Megawatts, compared to 4.5 MW for its predecessor system.

Summit and Sierra, two IBM-built supercomputers, maintained their top positions for the United States, followed by two Chinese systems, the Sunway TaihuLight and the Tianhe-2A, which are installed in Wuxi and Guangzhou, respectively.

"Pangea III's additional computing power enhances Total's operational excellence".

China continues to dominate a list of the world's fastest supercomputers by the number of systems, according to a semi-annual ranking of the Top500 published Monday.

Exploring new oil and gas prospects, Total must first create an accurate picture of what lies underground, through the use of seismic data acquisition during exploration campaigns.

This will help Total to process the vast amount of data required in seismic modeling to get more accurate insights faster than they previously could. "We are developing advanced imaging algorithms to give us much better images of the sub-surface in these complex domains and Pangea III will let us do it 10 times faster than we could before".

The new IBM powerhouse now becomes Total's most powerful Pangea supercomputer, displacing a 2015 system from SGI (which was acquired by HPE in 2016) as the energy giant's most powerful.

The combination of the new supercomputer and algorithm will help improve the precision with which seismic data are being processed. Among the main highlights: All 500 machines on the list now provide a petaflop or more of processing power. Pangea III is also the #11 overall on the latest iteration of the Top500 ranking of supercomputers.