22 Jan 2018   |   Network News

Exascale architectures lead to greener and more advanced combustion systems

The European funded project HPC4E presents its whitepaper with incisive insights for the energy sector

Two years ago, experts in the HPC4E consortium aimed to move beyond the state of the art in HPC simulations required for different sources of energy: Oil & Gas, Wind and Biogas combustion. After two years of joint European and Brazilian research, HPC4E has published a detailed summary with conclusions in the position paper titled “Whitepaper about the use of Exascale computers in Oil & Gas, Wind Energy and Biogas Combustion industries”. The use of new Exascale architectures and the corresponding advances in codes to fully exploit new chip capabilities will help address challenges for combustion technologies, wind power generation and hydrocarbon exploration, allowing a transition to greener and more advanced energy systems based on alternative fuels combined with renewable energy technologies.

“This project has revealed the synergies between European and Brazilian researchers, and has strengthened the bilateral relationships. From the point of view of the technical results, the project has been a success, having achieved all the planned objectives“, comments José M. Cela, BSC CASE Department Director and the European HPC4E project coordinator.

All the project’s results have been summarised in a single factsheet. The complete outcome of the project will also explained in the workshop “HPC Roadmap for Energy Industry” taking place on Wednesday, 24 January at Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC). The aim of this event is to explain the scientific results by each partner as well as to find new synergies for future collaborations related to high-performance computing (HPC) for energy.

The HPC for Energy project (HPC4E), coordinated by Barcelona Supercomputing Center (EU) and COPPE (Brazil), brings together European and Brazilian partners that include both companies within the energy sector, such as REPSOL, TOTAL, Iberdrola and PETROBRAS, as well as the following research centres:  Barcelona Supercomputing Center, CIEMAT, Inria, University of Lancaster (ULANC), Queen Mary University of London, COPPE, LNNC, ITA, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul and Universidade Federal de Pernambuco. More information: www.hpc4e.eu