World's largest super computer for commercial research running in Houston


It's inside BP's new center for high-performance computing at the company's US headquarters in west Houston. The computer, which is running non-stop, helps the company better map oil and gas reservoirs.

The company says the state of art system, which is the equivalent of 44,000 average laptops, saves time, money, and leads to better efficiency and safety as it searches for carbon-based fuels around the world.

"We're trying to tie even more technologies together," said Jackie Mutschler, with BP. "So we're trying to look at geological models, seismic, reservoir models -- we try to understand the actual mechanics of the rocks."

The super computer at BP can now process more than two thousand trillion calculations per second and has a memory of 1,000 terrabytes. BP calls it their digital laboratory.

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