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Research Roundup: Toward a More Efficient Cloud

May 10, 2013 |

In this week’s hand-picked assortment, researchers explore the path to more energy-efficient cloud datacenters, investigate new frameworks and runtime environments that are compatible with Windows Azure, and design a unified programming model for diverse data-intensive cloud computing paradigms.

Moonshot Highlights HPC’s Longshot

Apr 11, 2013 |

While Moonshot might be wooing the mobile and hosting camp, there is something more compelling here for HPC. This concept presents high-density, low-power servers with the ability to swap in accelerators, DSPs, GPUs, FPGAs to create an efficient heterogeneous platform that is tailored around specific workloads.

SGI Snatches Oil and Gas Giant with “Cool” Super

Mar 26, 2013 |

<img src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/icex.jpg” alt=”” width=”94″ height=”83″ />European oil and gas giant, Total, has looked to SGI again to supply a super that meets their modeling and simulation needs–but that is focused on power and cooling. The result, based on the SGI ICE X, should pull a top ten ranking on this year’s Top 500 list–the most powerful commercial….

Supercomputing Crucial to Clean Energy Production

Feb 13, 2013 |

<img src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/NETL_HPCEE_supercomputer_150x.jpg” alt=”” width=”95″ height=”65″ />The Office of Fossil Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory is the proud owner of a brand new SGI supercomputer. Named High-Performance Computer for Energy and the Environment, or HPCEE for short, the 500 teraflops machine will help NETL scientists undertake a broad range of energy and environmental research, with a focus on coal, natural gas and oil.

BP Brings Petascale Computing to Oil and Gas Industry

Dec 12, 2012 |

<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/oil_rig_small.jpg” alt=”” width=”96″ height=”83″ />British multinational BP revealed it is building a new datacenter in Houston to house a 2-petaflop supercomputer. When installed in 2013, it will likely be the most powerful system deployed by a commercial entity, at least of the ones that have been publicly revealed. The upcoming petaflopper will support the company’s oil and gas exploration efforts and other research objectives.

Short Takes

Eni Joins Oil and Gas Petaflop Club

Nov 20, 2013 |

Italian energy company, Eni, launched a new petaflop class supercomputer this week. Not to be outdone by BP or Total Group, which recently announced 2.2 and 2.3 petaflops systems respectively, Eni’s high-performance number-cruncher touts “in excess of 3 petaflops.” (And don’t forget Woodside Energy, Australia’s largest independent oil and gas firm, which earlier this month declared its Read more…

Australia’s Largest Oil and Gas Firm Mines HPC Well

Nov 13, 2013 |

Supercomputing for oil and gas is heating up, as giant energy firms race to exploit the advantages of HPC for their seismic imaging workloads. Energy goliath BP recently revealed a new datacenter in Houston that will house what BP is calling the “world’s largest supercomputer for commercial research,” clocking in at more than 2.2 petaflops. Read more…

BP Opens New HPC Facility at Houston Headquarters

Oct 22, 2013 |

BP announced that it has opened a new facility in Houston, Texas, to house what it claims is the “world’s largest supercomputer for commercial research.” The Center for High-Performance Computing is part of BP’s five-year, $100 million investment in computing. The facility occupies a three-story, 110,000 square foot building at BP’s Westlake campus. Located at Read more…

Cray Targets Oil and Gas Sector’s Big Data Needs

Sep 25, 2013 |

Supercomputer-maker Cray is helping oil and gas companies benefit from the most-advanced reservoir modeling approach yet. Called Permanent Reservoir Monitoring, or PRM, the technique requires innovative data warehousing technology and data analysis techniques.

Ice-Repellant Materials One Step Closer

Sep 12, 2013 |

Scientists at GE Global Research are using the multi-petaflop Titan supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to study the way that ice forms as water droplets come in contact with cold surfaces. They are working to develop “icephobic” materials that prevent ice formation and accumulation.

Off the Wire

Acceleware to Present on HPC for Oil & Gas Exploration at EAGE Workshop

Aug 5, 2014 |

Aug. 5 — As global demand for hydrocarbon-based fuel continues to grow, particularly in Asia, and as Western economies recover, there is more pressure on oil companies to invest in new reserves, sweat the assets of mature fields and even revisit what were once considered to be exhausted wells. Exploration techniques and technology advancement has Read more…

IBM Expands HPC Capabilities in the Cloud

Jul 23, 2014 |

DALLAS, Tex., July 23 — IBM today announced that it is making high performance computing (HPC), as part of technical computing, more accessible through the cloud for clients grappling with big data and other computationally intensive activities. A new option from SoftLayer, an IBM Company, will provide industry standard InfiniBand networking technology to connect SoftLayer Read more…

Eni to Utilize New Supercomputer for Oil and Gas Activities

Jul 3, 2014 |

July 3 — Eni has put into operation its second major HPC system. The new supercomputer has an innovative approach based on the usage of accelerators to implement a so called “hybrid cluster architecture.” It comprises 1500 IBM iDataPlex dx360 M4 nodes, built on more than 30,000 processing cores, each equipped with two NVIDIA Tesla GPU Read more…

Univa Grid Engine Certified and Integrated with ECLIPSE

Jun 19, 2014 |

MARKHAM, Ontario, June 19 — Univa, the Data Center Automation Company, announced today that Univa Grid Engine has been certified and integrated with Schlumberger’s ECLIPSE industry-reference reservoir simulator software version 2014.1. This integration will provide users with an easy-to-use platform to use Univa’s workload manager in conjunction with the ECLIPSE reservoir simulator. Univa’s core product, Univa Read more…

NAG and Red Oak Announce Strategic Partnership

Jun 5, 2014 |

June 5 — The Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG) Ltd and Red Oak Consulting LLP have announced a strategic partnership to deliver comprehensive results-focused HPC consulting and professional services to commercial and public sector clients across a range of global markets. Today’s announcement formalizes and substantially extends the longstanding collaborations between NAG and Red Oak Consulting, Read more…