At ISC 2016 this week, SGI announced that Total’s SGI ICE X supercomputer, Pangea, was recognized as the industry’s top commercial supercomputer in the prestigious TOP500 list. “Our SGI ICE XA systems lead in delivering application performance in both homogeneous systems and hybrid systems with CPUs and accelerators,” said Gabriel Broner, vice president and general manager, high-performance computing at SGI. “Our production supercomputers continue to enable our customers to innovate and lead in their field, and occupy prominent positions in the prestigious TOP500 list.”
Oil and gas exploration is always a challenging endeavor, and with today’s large risks and rewards, optimizing the process is of critical importance. A whole range of High Performance Computing (HPC) technologies need to be employed for fast and accurate decision making. This Intersect360 Research whitepaper, Seismic Processing Places High Demand on Storage, is an excellent summary of the challenges and solutions that are being address by storage solutions from Seagate.
“In this video from SC15, Amar Shan describes how the the Cray CS-Storm takes GPUs to new levels of scalability. Systems like the CS-Storm have propelled Cray to power 50 percent of the TOP500 supercomputers. While the Cray CS-Storm started out successfully in government sectors, the systems have gained traction in various commercial sectors including Oil & Gas.”
Today Cray announced the achievement of a new performance benchmark for reservoir simulations using Stone Ridge Technology’s ECHELON reservoir simulation software and the Cray CS-Storm cluster supercomputer.
Today Qumulo announced that Sinclair Oil has chosen the company’s scale-out NAS storage for increased performance and real-time data visibility necessary to properly monitor the companys rapidly growing digital system.
Oil and gas are becoming increasingly harder to find. This article looks at how oil and gas companies are using cutting edge technology, like HPC servers, compute accelerators and flash storage arrays for applications such as seismic processing, seismic interpretation and reservoir modeling.
Substantial challenges loom for the Oil and Gas sector, as problem sizes, resolution requirements and business pressures to reduce computing costs all continue to increase. To address these challenges, suppliers like Intel and NVIDIA are relentlessly increasing the number of cores and threads available in their CPU and GPU/co-processor modules.
Ace Computers in Illinois reports that the company is expanding its high performance computer footprint in the Oil & Gas Industry. Not a stranger to this space, the company has than 30 years of experience designing powerful, scalable computers for leading energy suppliers.
As worldwide demand for energy continues to rise, the oil industry is working to satisfy demand for the hydrocarbon part of that equation. High performance computing is becoming critical to companies that are seeking new sources of hydrocarbons and trying to maximize existing reserves.
Today SGI announced that PETRONAS in Malaysia has procured an SGI ICE X system to accelerate its research and development in subsurface imaging.