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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.

Scale-out Storage for Oil and Gas Exploration

Nov 6, 2012 |

Successful oil and gas exploration today requires ever-faster upstream processing. To shorten the compute time needed to get actionable information, organizations need to reduce survey processing run times from months to weeks and be capable of scaling to handle the explosive data growth.

NVIDIA Launches Kepler Into HPC

May 15, 2012 |

<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/Kepler_GPU_die_small.bmp” alt=”” width=”81″ height=”78″ />NVIDIA has introduced its first Kepler-generation GPU product for high performance computing, and revealed some of the inner working of the new architecture. The announcement took place at the kickoff of the company’s GPU Technology Conference taking place this week in San Jose, California.

Short Takes

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.

HPC Helps Power Industry React Quickly

Sep 4, 2013 |

GE’s Steve Pavlosky explains how high-performance computing technology helps users in the power industry, where changes happen very fast. Whether it’s changes in demand or a power failure, the control system has to be able to react very quickly.

Ford Taps ORNL to Boost Vehicle Airflow, Fuel Efficiency

Aug 19, 2013 |

Anybody who drives one of Ford’s recent vehicles spends a little less money on gasoline thanks to HPC work the carmaker undertook with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where more than one million processor hours were spent getting a handle on the complex fluid dynamics governing airflow under the hood.

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…