Tag: seismic imaging
“We’re gonna need a bigger supercomputer” is what Norwegian oil and gas company Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) must have said to Cray ahead of working with the iconic supercomputer maker to expand its seismic processing capability by a full 50 percent. And it’s not like PGS didn’t already have a big supercomputer. The energy giant, which specializes in marine exploration, took delivery of a 4-petaflops (5.3 petaflops peak) Cray system last year.
In a recent blog post, Cray Senior Practice Leader Geert Wenes argues that “a perfect storm in seismic processing requirements” is ensuring that the oil and gas industry will be an early adopter of exascale computing technologies. The industrial sector is not far behind the DOE when it comes to interest in exascale, contends Wenes, especially the integrated oil Read more…
<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.
Acceleration technology is all the rage these days in high performance computing. With the emergence of GPGPUs into the mainstream, a whole new sub-industry has coalesced around acceleration solutions based on the latest GPUs. Maxeler Technologies, however, has made a nice living delivering FPGA acceleration to a rather elite customer base.