Gazprom Neft has built a computing cluster in St Petersburg designed to generate digital twins of oil fields. With an intra-node data transmission rate exceeding that of many Russian supercomputers, the new distributed computing system is capable of processing more than 100 gigabits (Gbit) per second, speeding up the digital modelling process five-fold.
Digital field models help specialists take informed investment decisions, and plan future asset infrastructure and hydrocarbon production volumes. Computer processing of 3D models demands analysing a multitude of variables in terms of physical, engineering and economic metrics. To which end, Gazprom Neft’s new project is utilising cluster parallel computing, in which all tasks are divided into several concurrent processes, increasing speed and efficiency in addressing them.
The computing cluster has been used successfully by specialists at Gazprom Neft’s Science and Technology Centre in preparing calculations for developing the Vyngayakhinskoye (Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug) and Shinginskoye fields (Tomsk Oblast). The supercomputer has demonstrated a performance of at least 16 teraflops (16 trillion floating point operations (TFLOPS) per second) in pilot testing: by way of example, this sort of capacity equates to 160 conventional computers.
The new cluster’s computational capacity is expected to be put to use in working with fields in the Orenburg Region and Sakhalin, in the near future. Thereafter, the project is expected to be used in improving efficiency in developing Gapzrom Neft’s assets in the Arctic.
(Source and image: Gazprom Neft)