3DGeo Sees Future of HPC in Linux Clusters

July 28, 2000

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Sandy, UTAH — 3DGeo Development, Inc., a leading innovator in 3-D advanced seismic imaging technology, has purchased a 32-processor cluster system from Linux NetworX to use in its high computation data processing application. According to 3DGeo, the high performance computing market is experiencing a paradigm shift from traditional supercomputers and large parallel servers to Linux cluster systems.

“It’s not surprising that the oil and gas industry already recognizes the advantages of using a Linux cluster system over other alternatives. Other than the federal government, this industry is the largest market for high performance computing,” said Alexander Mihai Popovici, Ph.D. and chief executive officer of 3DGeo. “With the Linux NetworX cluster system we’ve purchased, we expect to receive the same performance as a supercomputer for one-tenth the cost. It’s hard to ignore impressive figures like 10-to-1.”

The Linux NetworX cluster system will be used to perform various complex data processing tasks, including algorithms exclusive to 3DGeo, for seismic processing applications. The company plans to upgrade and add additional nodes in the future to the scalable cluster system offered by Linux NetworX. Scalability, system management tools, price performance and service/support issues are the main reasons 3DGeo selected the Linux NetworX cluster system.

“We’re focusing on providing customers with hardware and software tools and the service and support to make cluster management easy – you no longer need a Ph.D. to reap the benefits of this technology,” said Clark Roundy, vice president of Linux NetworX. “As additional industry leaders, like 3DGeo, endorse our powerful cluster technology, we anticipate the shift from supercomputers to Linux clusters will accelerate.”

3DGeo is a leading innovator in 3-D advanced seismic imaging technology, offering state-of-the-art software and service solutions to the oil and gas industry. Linux NetworX ( http://www.linuxnetworx.com ) uses the Linux operating system to create a reliable and cost-effective alternative to the supercomputer and server platforms for organizations demanding high performance and low failure rates. With the use of cluster-computer technology, a method of linking multiple computers through high-speed networks to form a single and more powerful system, Linux NetworX provides solutions for companies with high-computing needs, including Internet servers, research, industry, government and other technological fields.

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