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Wednesday, March 4 • 15:45 - 16:05
Facilities, Infrastructure & Data I: “Hosting DLC HPC System and Beyond,” Diego Klahr, Total

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Due to the extraordinary challenges the Oil and Gas industry has to face, we have more and more data to process with algorithms taking more and more physics into account.
High Performance Computing is a key component of this evolution. We are now able to use and to take advantage of hundred thousands of cores. But are our facilities (data center building, electrical power, cooling system) ready to host such a "monster"?
To achieve the Peta flops challenge using our 15 years old datacenter we chose an ambient temperature direct water cooling approach. We have now an experience of 3 years of production with such a system and numbers prove that this solution is mature, efficient and stable.
But keeping in mind the evolution curve of the needs in term of computing power, we will have to face a new challenge in the next ten years: hosting an exascale system! How much energy will be necessary to run those machines run and to ensure a secure power and cooling supply at an acceptable cost?
The life cycle of our facilities is slightly different from the one of super computers. The target when we design a new datacenter is to ensure the capability of hosting for about five different generations of calculators. So we will have not only to take in account what the provider have in their lab today but also to imagine what will be the step beyond and for this, we need to change our classical approach in terms of data center design.


Wednesday March 4, 2015 15:45 - 16:05 CST
BioScience Research Collaborative 6500 Main Street, Houston, Tx 77005

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