A supercomputer for the subterranean
Named after Well 7, paying homage to a landmark site rooted in bold exploration, the new supercomputer guides decision making in a way that would have been science fiction only a short time ago.
With its high-performance computing capability of 55.4 petaflops of peak (roughly 10 times faster than the current five models in the Kingdom), and with over 1000 graphics processing unit (GPU) nodes, Dammam-7 digitally pierces deep into the Earth’s surface. Some key algorithms can run 40 times faster on Dammam-7 than conventional computing hardware, and is able to integrate sophisticated algorithms into current-run software that will increase the resolution quality of subsurface seismic images.
The incredible power that Dammam-7 harnesses, therefore, presents new opportunities in both exploration and development, enhancing Aramco’s ability to predict the location of new reserves, build more accurate subsurface models, and reduce decision-making uncertainty. What used to take months to compute can now take days. Additionally, Dammam-7 is coupled with Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies, such as artificial intelligence and deep learning, that will aid with unlocking more oil and gas resources and boosting reserves.