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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

Centaurus Energy Donates IBM Supercomputer to NSU

Mar 5, 2014 |

Centaurus Energy has donated an IBM supercomputer nicknamed “Megalodon” to Nova Southeastern University. Megalodon is an IBM P6 supercomputing cluster composed of 32 nodes that each have 16 POWER CPU’s with 256 GB of RAM. Each CPU contains two processor units and has about 790 million transistors as well. Megalodon is also water-cooled and uses Read more…

NERSC Supercomputer Boosts Energy Research

Dec 4, 2013 |

Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are using DOE supercomputers and a neutron scanning technique to develop more efficient methods of extracting gas and oil from shale. Using the systems at the Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Supercomputing Center (NERSC) – supercomputing resources include Hopper and Edison – the researchers are studying the Read more…

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…

Off the Wire

DUG to Purchase HPC Hardware from SGI

Oct 21, 2014 |

MILPITAS, Calif. and PERTH, Australia, Oct. 21 — DownUnder GeoSolutions (DUG), a global geosciences company offering seismic processing and interpretation solutions to the oil and gas industry, has announced the purchase of high performance computing (HPC) hardware from SGI, a global leader in high performance solutions for compute, data analytics, and data management, significantly improving the Read more…

Altair to Showcase Oil and Gas Simulation Technology in Houston

Sep 18, 2014 |

TROY, Mich., Sept. 18 — Altair will host a technical seminar on simulation and high-performance computing (HPC) solutions for the oil and gas industry next Wednesday, September 24 in Houston.  Scheduled customer presentations from Chevron, Wood Group Kenny, ConocoPhillips, Baker Hughes, and Sundrop Fuels will provide an overview of computer-aided engineering (CAE) methods and best practices for mechanical earth modeling, subsea Read more…

Registration Now Open for University of Houston Oil & Gas Workshop

Sep 9, 2014 |

Sept. 9 — High-level, directive-based programming models have been rapidly gaining traction as a portable, productive means to develop application code for multicore platforms and accelerators. Due to their usability and portability, programming APIs such as OpenMP and OpenACC, are increasingly being adopted as an alternative to lower-level APIs such as CUDA and OpenCL. This Read more…

Total Utilizing Pangea Supercomputer from SGI and SUSE

Sep 3, 2014 |

NUREMBERG, Germany, Sept. 3 – As new oil and gas reserves become more elusive, companies like Total rely increasingly on high performance computing (HPC) to find opportunities in an ocean of seismic data. With SUSE Linux Enterprise Server as the operating system for its new SGI supercomputer, Total now has an optimal combination of performance, price and efficiency. The solution – Read more…

University of Houston Oil and Gas Workshop Issues Call for Participation

Aug 22, 2014 |

Aug. 22 — The University of Houston (Dr. Barbara Chapman) in collaboration with the other members of OpenACC, will be hosting an Oil and Gas (O&G) Workshop. We would like to reach out to O&G domain scientists/researchers who are keen to hear about alternative high-level programming models used to port seismic codes to use accelerators. High-level Read more…

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