At Air Liquide, numerical simulation represents a cornerstone of the approach to innovation chain used in order to understand, predict and optimise Air Liquide's processes and those of its clients. This approach opens up new paths for gases for industry, health and the environment. In particular, high-performance simulation allows for the better forecasting of technological changes and makes it possible for new solutions to reach the market faster. In the areas of energy and environment, it is extremely important to control an innovation from the laboratory phase through to industrial deployment via predictive numerical simulation.
"Our researchers are coming up with more and more simulations and are generating increasingly high-volume amounts of data. Access to files has become just as important as raw computing power. This balance has had a crucial impact on our IT infrastructure," Camy-Peyret concludes.
The computing power is expected to be upgraded in 2013 with the addition of approximately 10 teraflops to the SGI ICE X supercomputer, making use of the next-generation Intel Xeon processor family.
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