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October 5, 2006 - Features

Linux Supercomputers Power Oil and Gas Exploration

by Barry Weinman
CEO, Weinman Geosciences

Founded over twenty years ago, Weinman Geosciences provides exploration consulting and seismic data processing services to the energy industry. For most of Weinman's history, seismic data processing was conducted on desktop computers. Applications such as seismic analysis, pre-stack data migration, reservoir management, modeling and visualization were data intensive and monopolized most of the company's computing resources. For many years, this was acceptable; however trends in the energy industry, coupled with the evolution of computing technology prompted Weinman to adapt. [more]

Oil & Gas Sector Exploring Grid Technologies

by Dr. Jikku Venkat
CTO, United Devices

Dr. Jikku Venkat, chief technology officer at United Devices, delivered a presentation in the Visualization Theater at the annual meeting of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists in New Orleans, La. this week that described the emerging use of Grid technologies for IT in the oil & gas industry sector. Based on projects United Devices has under way with a number of energy and services companies, Dr. Venkat described how he expects Grid technologies to be adopted in the oil & gas space. [more]

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October 4, 2006 - Features

Why Should Oil & Gas Companies Care About HPC Storage?

by Larry Jones, VP of Marketing,
Panasas Inc.

To find oil and gas quickly, businesses are dependent on data -- acquiring it, processing it, analyzing it and interpreting it. For these companies to shorten their business cycle by getting to the oil and gas faster, they need to have the computational power to move data through the processing workflow. And the right HPC storage system is essential to this success. While there are several storage approaches (Direct Attached, NAS, SAN), sometimes the approach isn't the problem; it is the storage architecture or implementation that results in serious tradeoffs. [more]

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The Cluster Challenge in Energy Exploration

by Bob Woolery, VP of Product Marketing,
DataDirect Networks

Energy exploration is one of the most compute and data intensive businesses on the planet. Advancements in data gathering technologies, analysis algorithms, geological and seismic modeling have resulted in a rapid proliferation of data, with raw seismic data sets growing upwards of several terabytes, quickly moving to petabytes. Energy companies are seeking innovative approaches that improve access and processing at dramatically lower costs, affording continuous and timely access of this vital data. These drivers have energy companies reevaluating and moving away from "commodity storage" and towards "cluster specific storage." [more]

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October 3, 2006 - Features

3D Visualization for Oil and Gas Evolves

by Michael M. Heck, Technical Director,
Visualization Sciences Group,
Mercury Computer Systems Inc.

3D visualization has been the key to increased success and efficiency in many areas of exploration and production (E&P). In this industry visualization plays a critical role in gaining insight from data. But often when we discuss visualization, we are talking only about the actual rendering of images on the screen. In fact, the visualization challenge for E&P is characterized by computationally expensive algorithms, a very large number of diverse data sets, and a need for greater interactivity and collaboration. To meet this challenge, we must make data management, computation and rendering work together smoothly and efficiently. [more]

Compute-on-Demand Drives Efficiencies in Oil and Gas

by Blake McLane, VP, Strategic Business Development,
CyrusOne and Maria McLaughlin, Marketing Director, Appro

Appro's blade servers and CyrusOne's compute-on-demand center in Houston, Texas are helping companies use high performance computing with a return on technology investment while ensuring application availability, data security and superior network performance. Customers contracting for flexible computing pay for only the amount of capacity reserved for the duration of the contract period with minimum financial and technical risk. In addition, they can tap into a scalable, secure and resilient on-demand operating environment while taking advantage of service and support. [more]

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