High-performance computing (HPC) is mission-critical for Shell. Having more HPC capacity helps us explore for and find hydrocarbons in increasingly more complex and difficult geologic environments, extract resources efficiently, and help meet the world's energy needs while minimizing environmental impact.
Shell's demand for HPC capacity is increasing dramatically. For our upstream ...exploration businesses, newer seismic acquisition techniques are generating larger and larger seismic datasets, which alongside new seismic algorithms are creating more and more demand for HPC capacity. In addition, dramatically more complex and larger reservoir models, combined with new reservoir simulator technologies, are increasing HPC demand. Shell's research and development (R&D) programs and other new emerging HPC opportunities also require next-generation HPC capabilities as well.