High Performance Computing (HPC) jobs at Shell

High Performance Computing (HPC) in Shell is used extensively in the Upstream part of our business (seismic processing, reservoir modelling, and R&D). And because Shell is actively exploring for hydrocarbons across the globe, HPC is an enabling technology for many of our businesses, Joint Ventures and Operating Units.

Hydrocarbons are compounds comprised exclusively of carbon and hydrogen and they are by far the dominant components of crude oil, processed petroleum hydrocarbons (gasoline, diesel, kerosene, fuel oil, and lubricating oil), coal tar, creosote, dyestuff, and pyrolysis waste products.

Our HPC team provides HPC infrastructure services globally to Shell, with the bulk of our staff being based in Houston, USA, the Hague, Netherlands, Malaysia and Bangalore.

Join us and be part of a wider IT group that focuses on Technical and Competitive IT solutions and services within Shell. Our team sits within the IT Services & Operations (ITSO) function under the Projects and Technologies Service Operations Management (P&T SOM) department. We bring business value with reliable and secure operations and services. P&T SOM puts capabilities into the hands of end-users who are generating significant business value. The HPC team deploys and supports large Linux-based compute clusters providing highly available, reliable capacity aimed at users of HPC-enabled applications in Shell’s Geoscience and Engineering communities. Don’t just take our word for it. Hear what HPC is really like at Shell from one of our team members.

P. V. Satyanarayanaraju

Satyanarayanaraju’s Story

Hear from P. V. Satyanarayanaraju, a High Performance Computing (HPC) Engineering Team Lead based in Bangalore, about what it is like working in HPC at Shell in his own words.

Satya is a post graduate in Computer Sciences with over 18 years of experience in the IT industry. For the last 15 years, he has been focusing on High Performance Computing (HPC), in which during that time, he has worked for various HPC organisations, built supercomputers for the Indian academia and research labs, was part of the core team that built the fourth fastest supercomputer in the world, and a core member of a simulation strategy team in a tier 1 multinational automobile organisation, designed and architected various HPC solutions for research communities in Weather Forecasting, Seismic Analysis, Engineering (CAE and CFD), Animation, and Defence, to name a few.

“Let me tell you a bit more about my work at Shell. I am a HPC lead within the global HPC organisation and lead a team of eight people in Bangalore. We currently operate and run peta-class supercomputing environment with high-speed interconnects and multi-petabyte parallel filesystems to provide high performance computing service to our end-users, supporting them in their seismic analysis and other computational needs. We also support the upstream business in their exploration activities and enable the business to identify chances for drilling oil wells.

Of course, no job comes without any challenges. By operating some of the largest supercomputers with high-speed interconnects and parallel storage, we need to be constantly updated with the latest in HPC technology, and connect with the OEMs and other technology vendors before looking towards understanding the changes that can happen in the HPC landscape. We must always keep in touch with the scientific and research community to convert their science problems into IT solutions.

We design and run large supercomputers that are a necessity for Shell’s seismic analysis of the Geophysics datasets that are acquired from exploration. Within HPC technologies, we interface with the latest in processor technologies, high-speed interconnect technologies, high-speed storage technologies and the latest in simulation technologies in our daily job.

Ever since I was a young boy, I have always wanted to be in the big league, operating the largest supercomputers or working with an employer that simply does big and amazing things. Shell ticked all the boxes. Prelude is the world’s largest ship, Pearl GTL is the first of its kind, and Appomattox is just awesome. My everyday work contributes to all of these, so that is why I am still here today. Plus, I am part of the first IT Centre set up by a global energy leader.”


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