BG Brasil, Senai CIMATEC launch Latin America’s fastest supercomputer

5/27/2015

SALVADOR, Brazil -- BG Brasil and Senai CIMATEC have unveiled the fastest ever supercomputer in Latin America at the Senai CIMATEC Supercomputing Center for Industrial Innovation in Salvador, Bahia.

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CIMATEC Yemoja is the fastest supercomputer in Latin America. Image: BG Brasil.

Designed by BG Group in partnership with SENAI/Fieb, the supercomputer is capable of performing at 400 trillion operations per second. The launch of the supercomputer is a key milestone for BG’s R&D program focusing on geophysics, involving a total investment of $19 million (R$ 60 million).

Baptised as CIMATEC Yemoja, the supercomputer is part of a revolutionary initiative in seismic data processing. A world-class center of excellence in computing is also being opened as part of the R&D program.

"The complexity of the pre-salt fields drives us to seek increasingly innovative solutions. The supercomputer is part of this effort and will assist us in our daily activities in the oil and gas industry," said Nelson Silva, senior V.P., BG South America.

The project will prioritize the study and optimization of the technology known as Full Waveform Inversion (FWI) for processing 3D and 4D seismic data on an industrial scale.

The project will be conducted by the consortium International Inversion Initiative, led by BG Brasil. The Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), the University of British Columbia (Canada) and Imperial College London (England) are collaborating in the research; the latter two are world references in FWI.

"The Supercomputer will give BG and leading university research groups the strategic infrastructure to resolve major industry challenges in reservoir imaging and data processing. This was made possible through the R&D levy in alignment with ANP, federal and state funding," Rick Moore, CTO of BG Group, said.

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