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BP's High-Performance Computing (HPC) Center (Image courtesy of BP)

BP has opened the doors on their new High-Performance Computing (HPC) Center at its US headquarters in Houston.

The facility, which will be the global hub for geological and seismic data, began construction in 2012.

BP Head of Upstream Technology Jackie Mutschler said, “”BP’s investment in this new supercomputing center not only highlights the increasingly high-tech nature of today’s global oil and gas industry, it underscores our company’s long-held belief in the vital role technology plays – and will continue to play – in solving the world’s biggest energy challenges.”

The three-story, 110,000 sq/ft facility at BP’s Westlake campus is fitted with thousands of the most advanced processors, designed to process data at a more than 2.2 petaFLOPS.

This computer power nearly doubles the firm’s previous facility’s ability.