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Eni: the new supercomputer for Eni’s exploration & production activity starts work

November 19, 2013 News No Comments

ENIThe system is hosted in the new Eni Green Data Centre and it is among the most powerful installations in the world

San Donato Milanese (MI), 18 November 2013 – Eni has fired up  its new Petaflop class supercomputer. The supercomputer will support hydrocarbon exploration activities, providing the computing capacity needed to improve the accuracy and resolution of the geophysical and geological studies, which are essential to locate and develop new hydrocarbon reserves and to project safe and optimal drilling activities. Eni will have an available computing capacity in excess of 3 Petaflops. The system is able to achieve a performance comparable to most powerful computing centres worldwide.

The supercomputer is based on a cluster architecture with a system consisting of 1.500 dual CPU nodes (24.000 cores), enhanced by 1.300 General Purpose Graphics Processing Units (GPGPU),which are used as computational accelerators (equivalent to 20.800 additional cores).Cluster nodes are connected by a very high speed internal network and data storage is assisted by a high bandwidth parallel storage system  providing 5 PetaByte disk capacity. The computing capacity will be maintained to the level needed to match business requirements with an annual replacement of half of the nodes every year in order to constantly keep the pace of the HPC technology development cycle. … Continue Reading

IMO Assembly set to adopt mandatory audit scheme

November 19, 2013 News No Comments
IMO SmallThe Assembly of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), meeting for its 28th session in London, is expected to adopt key resolutions and amendments relating to the Organization’s mandatory audit scheme, paving the way for the scheme to come into effect by 2016 once amendments to mandatory instruments have entered into force.
The 28th Assembly of IMO will meet in London at IMO Headquarters from 25 November to 4 December 2013. All 170 Member States and three Associate Members are entitled to attend the Assembly, which is IMO’s highest governing body. The intergovernmental organizations with which agreements of co-operation have been concluded and international non-governmental organizations in consultative status with IMO are also invited to attend.
The Assembly normally meets once every two years in regular session. It is responsible for approving the work programme, voting the budget and determining the financial arrangements of the Organization. It also elects the Organization’s 40-Member Council.
Council extraordinary session
The Assembly will be preceded by the twenty-seventh extraordinary session of the Council, on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 November. … Continue Reading

Lerus Training Presentation

November 5, 2013 Featured, News No Comments

Lerus Training SmallSafety at sea is one of the fundamental principles for all who involved in maritime operations. Qualifications and training of personnel is critical for efficient operation at sea.

Lerus ltd. is the Ukrainian company, which was founded in 2007 and located in Odessa, Ukraine. We provide recruiting, ships supply and training services for international clients in Oil and Gas Industry. Mission of our new Training Centre is to improve professional skill of seafarers from Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and other regions.

Lerus Training provides training courses that maximize performance in a range of operations at sea. Our training courses are based on unrivalled experience with real systems, to provide you with the highest degree of realism in use and appearance.

Our Quality Management System was certified by Bureau Veritas (ISO 9001:2008). We are one of the accredited Dynamic Positioning training centers of The Nautical Institute training scheme. We are member of International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) and International Dynamic Positioning Operators Association (IDPOA). … Continue Reading

GL Garrad Hassan to validate Tidal Bladed with new data

November 5, 2013 News No Comments

GL_GROUP_SMALLAfter a successful initial study to validate their tidal turbine design software Tidal Bladed, GL Garrad Hassan are preparing for the next phase of full scale validation, under the Reliable Data Acquisition Project for Tidal (ReDAPT) project. Tidal Bladed is a commercial software package which can be used to calculate the performance of, and loading on, tidal stream energy converters in the tidal stream environment.

Initial comparisons to measurements taken from the Tidal Generation Limited (TGL) 500kW tidal turbine have shown that Tidal Bladed gives very accurate predictions of the mean values of blade near-root flapwise bending loads, rotor speed, electrical power and pitch angle. Improved characterisation of the turbulent flow structure was identified as key to understanding and predicting the dynamic loading on tidal turbines.

Since its initial deployment in January 2013, the TGL 1MW turbine has been collecting high quality flow data using several Single Beam Acoustic Doppler Profilers (SBDs) mounted on the device. Many hours of flow data have already been collected and the data is currently undergoing analysis at GL Garrad Hassan. This analysis should lead to new understanding of the flow structures present in tidal stream turbulence and improved prediction of turbine dynamic loading. … Continue Reading

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