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House Energy and Commerce Chair visits BP’s supercomputer in Houston

Release date: February 21, 2018

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) visited BP’s Houston campus to tour its Center for High-Performance Computing (CHPC) and learn about the company’s investments in low-carbon energy solutions
House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden talking to a group at the center
Greg Walden on the tour

Hosted by BP America Chairman and President John Mingé, Walden also participated in a roundtable discussion with leaders from several of BP’s U.S. businesses, including the Gulf of Mexico and Lower 48.

 

BP more than doubled the total computing power of the CHPC in December 2017, making it the most powerful supercomputer in the world for commercial research. The CHPC provides critical support to BP's upstream business segment, where it serves as the worldwide hub for research computing. BP’s downstream business also is using the supercomputer for fluid dynamic research to study hydrocarbon flows at refineries and pipelines to improve operational safety.

 

Since the CHPC opened in 2013, BP has quadrupled its computing power and doubled its storage capacity and plans to continue expanding its computing capability in 2018.