PANGEA, unprecedented computing power: breaking new ground

Total’s upgraded Pangea supercomputer, unveiled in January 2016, offers unprecedented computing power. It is now one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world. We visit this exceptional site in the Jean-Féger Scientific and Technical Center (CSTJF) in Pau.

Bertrand Duquet

Deep Offshore

Enrico Zamboni



The processing of enormous volumes of seismic data requires huge amounts of computing power.

The recent upgrade of Pangea significantly reduces approximations and increases iteration rates in seismic imaging. Production times are also quicker, with accelerated imaging-interpretation round-trips. This results in an improved signal/noise resolution and, in deposit seismics, offers an unrivalled spatial and vertical resolution.


For the reservoir, the speed of execution of the simulations increases significantly. But the supercomputer also improves the mathematical modelling and visualization tools at the pore level and the simulation of fluid flows at the field level.


With the new Pangea, uncertainties are better managed across all studies. And major progress will be made in reservoir/well/surface network integration studies.


The new Pangea fits into Total’s R&D strategy. This strategy was adopted back in the 1980s and must continue to further increase computing power and develop new algorithms and digital simulations.


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