Cray System Shows Huge Runtime Reductions on SeisSpace ProMAX

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To all of the doodlebuggers, geologists, geophysicists, engineers and exploration IT folks out there, I have a question for you — well, maybe a few.  Is your compute and exploration application environment ready for exascale? Are you ready for seismic surveys that are multisource, multi-azimuth, with thousands of sensors, and 500 TB to 1 PB in size? Are your new spectral algorithms capable of functioning in your current environment without breaking the system architecture? These are the questions you should be asking yourself right now. As an avid watcher and participant in the exploration industry, the barometers I use to determine where the industry is headed are the exploration service companies and industry ISVs. Both Halliburton and ... [ Read More ]

Boosting Productivity and Reducing Costs in Petroleum E&P

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For the month of April, I am fulfilling a long-time dream of living in Florence and learning the Italian language. I’ve been thinking about the vastly different world it was when my grandparents left Italy in the 1930s. I arrived comfortably by air in about seven hours, while it took weeks for them to cross the ocean on a ship. Vast technological advances allow me to communicate real-time with my family and my office essentially at will from almost anywhere in the world. However, a mere two generations back, it took months for letters to cross the Atlantic. There is great value in speed and in embracing the technology that enables it, as the benefits can be both disruptive and transformative to our life experience. In the field of ... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Blog Posts From 2015

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Happy New Year! Check out some of the top blog posts from 2015: Why Do Better Forecasts Matter? Meteorologists have been striving to increase the accuracy of their work since the first weather forecasts were issued in the mid-19th century by pioneers such as Robert FitzRoy. In the 1950s and 1960s, the development of computers and observational technologies enabled forecast generation using the numerical weather prediction theories of Vilhelm Bjerknes and Lewis Fry Richardson. Today the numerical models that support our weather and climate forecasts are true “grand challenge” problems, requiring on the order of 10,000 billion (1016) mathematical operations and the exchange of 150 billion (1.5 x 1014) bytes of information to generate a ... [ Read More ]

[Video] Innovative HPC Models Give Oil and Gas Companies an Edge

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  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. At Cray, we’ve been working hard to stay ahead of oil and gas companies’ needs, and our efforts over the past few years have made our solutions an excellent match for them. Understanding the HPC problems facing oil and gas organizations Traditionally, efforts to improve seismic processing throughput have come from a match between the availability of newer CPUs featuring faster clock speeds, and new algorithms designed to take advantage of ... [ Read More ]

The Increase in Processing Demands of Seismic Workloads Continues

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I always enjoy working with our oil and gas customers.  Like many of our research and scientific customers, their computational problems are challenging, difficult to solve and directly impact their business. Cray works closely with these customers to advance full-waveform inversion (FWI), reverse time migration (RTM) and other seismic workloads. Substantial challenges loom for this sector, as problem sizes, resolution requirements and business pressures to reduce computing costs all continue to increase. The historical answers to seismic computing challenges have included raw improvements in hardware subsystems; however, we are at a point where a number of conventional performance indicators are declining: Single core/thread ... [ Read More ]