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Petroleum Geo-Services to Acquire 5 Petaflop Cray XC40

logoToday Cray announced a contract to provide Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) with a 5 Petaflop Cray XC40 supercomputer. The system will be one of the largest supercomputers ever deployed in the commercial sector.

Headquartered in Oslo, Norway with regional centers in London, Singapore and Houston, PGS creates high-resolution seismic maps and 3-dimensional (3D) models of the earth’s sub-surface, which oil and gas companies use to explore and produce offshore reserves worldwide.

The new Cray XC40 supercomputer and Sonexion storage system will provide PGS with the advanced computational capabilities necessary to run highly-complex seismic processing and imaging applications. These applications include imaging algorithms for the PGS Triton survey, which is the most advanced seismic imaging survey ever conducted in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The new Cray systems are expected to be deployed in 2015.

With the Cray supercomputer, our imaging capabilities will leapfrog to a whole new level,” says Guillaume Cambois, Executive Vice President Imaging & Engineering for PGS. “We are using this technology investment to secure our market lead in broadband imaging and position ourselves for the future. With access to the greater compute efficiency and reliability of the Cray system, we can extract the full potential of our complex GeoStreamer® imaging technologies, such as SWIM and CWI.”

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