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Leaders in energy exploration and research choose Cray

From oil and gas exploration and production to investigating renewable energy sources, reliable and scalable supercomputing and storage systems are core technologies for the essential tasks of data acquisition, seismic imaging and processing, data management and computational modeling.

Leading exploration and production companies like Petrobras and Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) rely on Cray technology to provide performance that matters.

Reduce risk and gain a competitive advantage with Cray systems for processing and analyzing massive amounts of data quickly and accurately:

  • Cray® XC™ series systems have highly scalable networks and the unmatched compute density to handle to most challenging FWI seismic algorithms and workflows.
  • Capacity-oriented Cray® CS™ series cluster supercomputers offer high performance and maximum configuration flexibility, as well as support for GPU computing accelerators.
  • The CS-Storm GPU-accelerated system was designed to speed up massively parallel computing workloads like RTM, in widespread use at petroleum exploration and production organizations.
  • Cray scalable storage solutions provide integrated, reliable and modular scale-out Lustre® storage that maximizes file system performance and scalability at any size.
  • Cray Tiered Adaptive Storage, powered by Versity, is designed to meet the expansive seismic data preservation and access needs of exploration companies.
  • As the need to exploit big data grows, the Urika® family of analytics appliances transforms big data problems into meaningful information.

Leaders in energy research choose Cray. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, large integrated oil companies and more are using their Cray systems to revolutionize energy science — providing insights on everything from fusion to wind energy.

The oil and gas industry's acute need for scalable high performance storage and its willingness to adopt cutting-edge technologies plays well into Cray’s strength of delivering sophisticated, productive HPC systems. The company has a long track record of successful deployments, which includes storage systems even larger and faster than any currently used in seismic analysis. Finally, Cray’s position as a supercomputing leader of long-standing makes it a trusted choice for businesses looking for a proven HPC technology partner.

—Michael Feldman, Senior Analyst, Intersect360 Research

Featured Resources

Rice O&G HPC Keynote: “Exploration Seismology and the Return of the Supercomputer”

Sverre Brandsberg-Dahl, Petroleum Geo-Services

Learn why PGS is utilizing the world’s largest commercial supercomputer, while describing the new geophysics capabilities they’re implementing on their Cray® XC40™ supercomputer.

Optimizing Reservoir Simulation with ECHELON and the CS-Storm Cluster

This ultra-fast and scalable GPU-optimized solution combines Cray's CS-Storm platform with Stone Ridge Technology's ECHELON software.

Petroleum Geo-Services

PGS Powers Their Infrastructure with Cray Supercomputing and Storage

GPU-Packed Cray CS-Storm Cluster Supercomputer Speeds Reverse Time Migration Calculations

The Cray CS-Storm solution for reverse time migration (RTM) increases geophysicists’ productivity by giving them the fastest, most efficient way to process their most complex seismic imaging workflows.

Improving the Design of Subsea Riser Systems

With Cray and Altair, engineers have the computational systems they need to perform advanced subsea computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis with better speed, scalability and accuracy.

Brazil’s Petrobras Enhances Seismic Processing with Cray Technology

To help solve the challenge of managing and processing massive datasets for seismic processing, Petrobras deployed Cray Cluster Connect and two Sonexion storage systems.

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View Reservoir Simulation Applications
Application
Owner
Description
Application:ECHELON
Owner:Stone Ridge Technology

ECHELON is a technical software product for high performance reservoir simulation. It was developed from inception for fine-grained parallelism targeting GPUs. It is exceptionally fast, typically achieving between 10x to 50x faster runtimes than leading commercial simulators and has demonstrated scaling to very large systems with hundreds of millions of cells.

Application:Eclipse
Owner:Schlumberger

Eclipse covers the entire spectrum of reservoir models, including black oil, compositional, thermal finite-volume and streamline simulation. Users can choose from numerous add-on options — such as local grid refinements, coalbed methane, gas field operations, advanced wells, reservoir coupling and surface networks — to tailor the simulator’s capabilities to their needs.

Application:INTERSECT
Owner:Schlumberger

INTERSECT accurately models complex geology and wells, honoring detailed reservoir characterizations with minimal or no upscaling. This supports simulation of highly heterogeneous or complex reservoirs. Unstructured gridding enables accurate modeling of detail around faults, fractures and wells Multisegment well capabilities provide accurate representation of fluid behavior in horizontal wells and complex completions.

View Seismic Processing Applications
Application
Owner
Description
Application:Omega
Owner:Schlumberger

Omega is a flexible, scalable system that enables processing and imaging on a single workstation or massive compute clusters, or from a single 2-D line to an immense 3-D seismic survey.

Videos & Webinars

Rice O&G HPC Keynote: “Exploration Seismology and the Return of the Supercomputer”

Sverre Brandsberg-Dahl, Petroleum Geo-Services

Learn why PGS is utilizing the world’s largest commercial supercomputer, while describing the new geophysics capabilities they’re implementing on their Cray® XC40™ supercomputer.

Accelerating Seismic Exploration with Dense GPU Systems

Learn about advances in seismic processing including the evolution of high performance computing, performance improvements from GPU accelerators, and system design that addresses dense GPU packaging.

Case Studies

Brazil’s Petrobras Enhances Seismic Processing with Cray Technology

To help solve the challenge of managing and processing massive datasets for seismic processing, Petrobras deployed Cray Cluster Connect and two Sonexion storage systems.

Cray Solutions, White Papers and Briefs

Optimizing Reservoir Simulation with ECHELON and the CS-Storm Cluster

This ultra-fast and scalable GPU-optimized solution combines Cray's CS-Storm platform with Stone Ridge Technology's ECHELON software.

GPU-Packed Cray CS-Storm Cluster Supercomputer Speeds Reverse Time Migration Calculations

The Cray CS-Storm solution for reverse time migration (RTM) increases geophysicists’ productivity by giving them the fastest, most efficient way to process their most complex seismic imaging workflows.

Improving the Design of Subsea Riser Systems

With Cray and Altair, engineers have the computational systems they need to perform advanced subsea computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis with better speed, scalability and accuracy.

Cray Accelerates Energy Insight with NVIDIA GPU Technology

Cray enables the speedup of oil and gas applications with NVIDIA Tesla K40 and K80 GPU accelerators.

High Performance Computing, Storage and Data Analytics Solutions for the Oil and Gas Industry

Oil and gas may be the highest stakes industry on the planet. With the demand for energy surging and its globe-spanning impact, exploration and production companies face tremendous pressure.

Cray Expands Storage to HPC Clusters for Oil and Gas

In oil and gas as in other industries, storage performance needs to keep pace with compute. Cray Cluster Connect delivers results.

Cray Offers Scalable High Performance Storage for Energy Sector

For the past 80 years, geoscientists have used sound waves to probe underground rock formations for oil and gas deposits.

News

Raising the Bar for Reservoir Simulation

Cray's High-Density GPU System Sets New Performance Standard for ECHELON Reservoir Simulation Software

Cray News Release: PGS

Cray to Deliver Five-Petaflop Supercomputer and High-Performance Storage System to Petroleum Geo-Services

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Cray Blog - Energy

Commentary and insight from Cray’s top experts and customers