KFUPM and Intel open energy competency lab in KSA

King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals and Intel have opened the Energy Competency Laboratory in Dhahran. The lab, located in KFUPM and a part of Dhahran Technology Valley, will lay the foundation for a specialised centre in oil, gas and petrochemicals applications and software.

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By  Colin Edwards Published  July 6, 2006

King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) and Intel have opened the Energy Competency Laboratory in Dhahran. The lab, located in KFUPM and a part of Dhahran Technology Valley, will lay the foundation for a specialised centre in oil, gas and petrochemicals applications and software, and will receive contributions from a number of specialist companies. The creation of the lab is part of Intel’s Digital Transformation initiative in the Middle East and reinforces ongoing cooperation between the University and the processor giant. It will provide students, academia and researchers with early access to Intel’s latest technology. “The opening of the lab coincides with the dedication the university has demonstrated towards the development of the skills of its students, particularly in the field of information technology. The university is keen on improving computer accessibility, employing ICT in the educational process, creating smart-classrooms and developing the capabilities of its academic staff,” said Dr. Mohammed Omar Budair, Vice Rector for Graduate Studies and Scientific Research. Housed in the university’s research centre, the lab will use Intel’s latest software and hardware including a server system based on Intel Itanium processors for super-computing applications, and an additional server system using the recently released dual-core Intel Xeon 5100 series. The lab will offer significant computing power for students and academic staff alike to run projects and research and development. According to Dr. Faleh Al Sulaiman, Supervisor for Dhahran Technology Valley, Intel’s lab forms the beginning of an international centre specialised in petroleum, gas and petrochemicals software. “The centre, to be set up in cooperation with leading companies specialised in this field, is to be integrated with the research centres of the international companies at the Dhahran Technology Valley in order to meet the technical needs in what is a vital sector of our national economy,” said Dr. Al-Sulaiman. “The centre will also serve to localise and further develop the related technologies, which will help to provide distinguished services for the biggest national corporations, such as Saudi Aramco, Sabec and many others and we fully appreciate Intel’s pioneering role in this field.” The Energy Competency Laboratory will host continuous training on Intel tools and software libraries, which allow the students to acquire valuable hands-on experience. The lab will also serve as a platform for each company operating in the energy domain that is looking to develop, test and optimise solutions utilising Intel technologies. “KFUPM creates the ideal environment to showcase the capabilities of Intel’s leading technologies through the laboratory. No doubt, the cooperation between the two parties on this project enhances the distinguished academic reputation the University has enjoyed, and will go a long way to improve its strategic relations with the local industry,” commented Abunijem, Director of Strategic Relations for the Energy Sector, Intel META.

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