Philippe Ricoux / Executive in charge of Numerical Processing and Modeling, Scientific Division, Total

Last updated on profile page : November 30th, 2011


Dr Philippe Ricoux studied Applied Mathematics, Signal Processing and Advanced control during Supélec. After applying Kalman Filter for space engines control, he studied chemical engineering at ENSIC (Nancy) with Jacques Villermaux and his PhD thesis was on optimal control of catalytic chemical reactors. Then, he spent 20 years in ELF Aquitaine R&D as an expert in process modeling and control. He managed a Corporate Scientific calculation team (APC, CFD, Process modeling, Applied Maths, Multivariate Statistics, SPC, Optimization) and he was an expert for American DOE, for European R&D projects during the 90s: creation of his own optimization software (for production forecast), publications on Multivariate Analysis, and also some patents. In 2000, he created his own company: Process Modeling, and Control, Simulation, Schedule, Optimization, with an international experience, as advisor of Oil and Gas minister of a Central Asian producer country. He re-joined TOTAL group in late 2007, at Scientific Division level, in charge of Numerical Processing and Modeling: animation and development of transverse technologies: Applied Mathematics, Dynamic Modeling, CFD, Digital Simulation, High Performance Computing, On line data processing, Advanced control, Image processing.

By Philippe Ricoux on ParisTech Review

Pour comprendre les tsunamis et essayer de prévoir leurs conséquences ou encore localiser des réservoirs de pétrole, les scientifiques font tourner des modèles toujours plus complexes sur des machines toujours plus puissantes. Certaines peuvent désormais réaliser près de dix millions de milliards d'opérations à la seconde. Bienvenue dans le monde du calcul haute performance, un défi technique doublé d'un enjeu industriel majeur.
To understand tsunamis or locate oil slicks, scientists are running ever more complex models in ever more powerful machines. Some are now able to compute nearly ten million billion operations per second. Welcome to the world of HPC (High Performance Calculation) where technical challenge meets major industrial stakes.

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