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Oil and gas (O&G) may be the highest-stakes industry on the planet. Regardless of the current price of oil, exploration and production (E&P) companies consistently face tremendous pressure to innovate in order to improve efficiency and increase profitability — all in an extremely volatile marketplace.

Cray has been partnering with the brightest minds in exploration and production for several decades, helping organizations push the limits of technologies ranging from seismic processing to reservoir simulation.

Exploration

  • Supercomputers for seismic processing — Capable of addressing the world’s most demanding seismic processing and seismic processing challenges, the Cray® XC™ series supercomputer delivers world-class performance and efficiency.
  • GPU-cluster supercomputers for seismic processing — Powered by the latest GPU architectures, the Cray® CS-Storm™ solution for reverse time migration (RTM) provides geophysicists with a fast, efficient and reliable way to run their most complex seismic processing workflows.
  • Agile analytics platform for O&G — The Cray® Urika®-GX converged analytics platform streamlines E&P workflows and uncovers critical insights.

Production

  • Reservoir simulation — Combining the dense and efficient CS-Storm GPU platform with ECHELON, the industry’s first reservoir simulator developed and optimized for GPU platforms, gives users a solution with proven performance at unparalleled resolution and scale.
  • Subsea riser design — 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.

Featured Resources

Cray Urika-GX Agile Analytics Platform for Oil & Gas

A converged E&P analytics platform to streamline workflows and uncover critical insights

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

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

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Energy Solutions

Next-Generation Reservoir Simulation

The landscape of the oil and gas industry is changing, and these changes are driving a need for scalable high-performance reservoir simulation. Higher-fidelity models that offer improved and often essential resolution to capture complex heterogeneity can improve recovery prediction.

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The Solution: Cray® CS-Storm™ Cluster and ECHELON Software

Combining the dense and efficient CS-Storm GPU platform with ECHELON, the industry's first reservoir simulator developed and optimized for GPU platforms, gives users a solution with proven performance at unparalleled resolution and scale.

Unmatched Performance and Efficiency, Delivered Reliably

The combination of software and hardware has been tested extensively, with both x86 and GPU components operated at sustained rates of performance approaching maximum utilization. Unlike many GPU clusters, there was no throttling, stuttering or outages.

Unconventional Resources in the Permian Basin

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Cray GPU Cluster Supercomputers for Seismic Processing

The Cray CS-Storm solution for reverse time migration (RTM) increases geophysicists' productivity by giving them a fast, efficient and reliable way to process their most complex seismic processing workflows.

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The Safest and Easiest Path to GPUs for Seismic Processing

Taking the leap of faith to port from x86 to graphical processing unit (GPU) architectures can introduce risks, including overall system reliability, upgrade suitability and system manageability.

Cray's CS-Storm solution for RTM has been validated and optimized to provide peak seismic processing performance, and it includes the tools necessary for geophysicists to unlock that performance for their RTM applications. The solution includes the Cray Compiler Environment, GPU software development kits and CUDA application libraries, which simplify the move from x86 to GPU environments. And it includes tools for provisioning and performance monitoring to simplify ongoing optimization and management.

Performance to Accelerate Seismic Exploration

While migrating to GPU architectures can theoretically improve performance by four to 10 times for RTM applications, there are potentially many bottlenecks in getting there. The CS-Storm system solution is holistic, optimized to eliminate bottlenecks and ensure extremely high performance at every level.

The CS-Storm solution for RTM provides GPU-centric performance, with a 4:1 GPU-to-processor ratio and a proprietary I/O design that eliminates communication bottlenecks that impede the performance of other clusters. It provides GPU capacity of up to one-third PF per rack, leveraging the latest K80 accelerators.

GPU architectures are well suited for RTM applications, and Cray's CS-Storm platform for RTM gives today's geophysicists the best tool for these critical workflows.

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Improving the Design of Subsea Riser Systems

With Altair's AcuSolve™ CFD solver running on Cray® XC40™ supercomputer systems, operators and engineers responsible for riser system design and analysis can increase component life, reduce uncertainty and improve the overall safety of their ultra-deep-water systems while still meeting their demanding development schedule.

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Challenge: Predicting Riser Behavior to Improve Performance and Lifespan

Subsea riser systems are conduits that safely transport hydrocarbon products from subsea wells and equipment up to fixed and floating structures operating on the ocean surface, such as semisubmersibles, spars and floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels.

As the oil and gas industry has made advances in topside performance, drilling techniques and subsea equipment, riser systems have continued to increase in complexity. In the harsh environment of the ultra-deep-water play, the safety, reliability and performance of the riser system are critical. And the longevity of the riser system directly impacts overall field performance, since cost and downtime associated with replacement and repair are very high. The riser system's reliability and fatigue life depend largely on subsea currents and the risers' response to them; this response is primarily driven by vortex-induced vibration (VIV) and vortex-induced motion (VIM).

Though top-tier global oil & gas companies have used CFD simulations to conduct small-scale analyses of risers and their VIV countermeasures, large-scale numerical simulations of VIV and VIM have proven to be a challenge for most general-purpose CFD codes. In particular, due to the riser system's very large length to diameter (L/D) ratio, the number of nodes required for a full-scale simulation has historically challenged the capacity of many computational facilities and were thus not feasible for real product-development cycles.

To address these challenges, simulation software vendors like Altair and supercomputing providers like Cray have continued to advance their technology for scalable and realistic simulations. As a result, engineers can now conduct these simulations successfully and still stay well within their system development schedule.

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Cray Supercomputers for Scalable, Uncompromised Seismic Processing

Cray supercomputers have been tackling the most demanding seismic challenges for decades. In both commercial and academic settings, Cray has been tried, tested and successfully used in the world's most compute- and data-intensive environments.

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Uncompromised Seismic Capabilities

The Cray® XC™ series supercomputer brings transformational capabilities to the already intense data and compute requirements of seismic processing and seismic imaging. The XC system's intelligent Aries™ interconnect helps deliver unprecedented performance and scalability for spectral algorithms such as reverse time migration and full waveform inversion by accelerating the many-to-many communications.

Cray's DataWarp™ I/O accelerator technology reduces or eliminates I/O wait for compute resources, reduces total storage requirements and supports greater levels of I/O scalability.

Flexibility to Address a Wide Range of Seismic Needs

A standout feature for the oil and gas industry is the XC40 system's flexibility for using GPUs and CPUs. This allows exploration organizations to handle seismic workflows that incorporate optimized codes for both compute infrastructures.

The XC40 system's comprehensive software environment and highly adaptive system design enable its open architecture to scale beyond your standard clustered system. The Cray XC series delivers maximum value by making it easy to customize and upgrade your environment. From a single air-cooled rack to the densest liquid-cooled systems in the industry, Cray's XC40 supercomputer is installed around the world, solving some of the most challenging problems our industry faces.

With new spectral processing algorithms and imaging workflows being used for leading-edge geophysics, leveraging the shared memory and fast interconnect of the XC40 system in seismic processing is becoming the new standard. Cray makes the impossible possible.

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Agile Analytics Platform for Oil & Gas

The Cray® Urika®-GX agile analytics platform converges supercomputing with the most advanced big data capabilities in one powerful analytics solution. The Urika-GX system gives engineers and analysts the flexibility and agility they need to tackle the widest range of data and analytics projects at the speed this highly competitive marketplace demands — both today and as needs evolve.

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Key Capabilities for Oil & Gas Companies

  • Run multiple types of workloads (including both HPC and high-performance data analytics) on a single system.
  • Gain breakthrough insights by combining big data workloads — from Hadoop® and Spark™ for massive, variable data and iterative demands to complex graph analytics for hard-to-find production patterns.
  • Get blazing-fast results due to Cray's systems expertise: Aries™ interconnect, a high degree of parallelism, in-memory performance and optimized design.
  • Ensure your analytics infrastructure is built on an open framework, with standard software and integrated design, that reduces complexity and resource requirements and can evolve as new analytics technologies emerge.

Benefits for Oil & Gas Companies

  • Increased power and productivity: Moving analytics into the exploration workflow enables engineers and analysts to uncover profound insights faster and deliver results more rapidly to the field decision-making teams who need them.
  • Analytical agility: With the Urika-GX platform, businesses can easily adapt to changing data sources, business questions and analytical approaches to gain the agility so crucial in this volatile industry, supporting business growth both now and in the future.
  • Lower time to, and cost of, insight: The Urika-GX system accelerates workflow and minimize the complexities and resource needs of implementing, operating and evolving an end-to-end analytics pipeline — so energy companies can more quickly and affordably acquire the knowledge needed to steer their businesses in the right direction.

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Addressing Security Threats in Oil & Gas

For energy and oil and gas companies, the question has become not whether they will be hacked, but when. Cyberattacks are now one of the biggest and most critical safety challenges faced by companies in this space, and companies need to seek and protect against these threats in real time. Yet most are not prepared to handle the big data analytics hurdles this issue presents.

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To protect company information and key equipment — and ensure confidence in the safety of day-to-day operations — oil and gas leaders trust Cray to deliver the technology and expertise needed for powerful and effective cybersecurity.

Challenges to Oil & Gas Company Security

  • Due to the valuable and critical nature of oil and gas infrastructure and operations, they are high-value targets for cyberattackers.
  • Effectively locating and remediating cybersecurity vulnerabilities can require a significant time and personnel commitment from companies that are already resource strapped.
  • Existing systems are not suited to address the new and evolving data analytics challenges presented by threat detection.

Ensuring the Cybersafety of Oil & Gas Operations

  • Identify real and potential threats faster – With its unprecedented versatility and speed, Cray's Urika®-GX system allows oil and gas companies to gain the insights needed to draw conclusions faster about likely threats.
  • Improve responsiveness and agility – The Urika-GX platform lets users run multiple analytics workloads concurrently, including Hadoop®, Spark™ and graph, as well as HPC, so companies can bring more techniques to bear in identifying threats faster.
  • Get up and running in days, not months – The Urika-GX system combines the convenience of a turnkey appliance with the flexibility of an open, customizable, homegrown solution — so oil and gas users have a quick path to the solution they need, with a scalable, adaptable platform for growth.

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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”

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

Cray Urika-GX Agile Analytics Platform for Oil & Gas

A converged E&P analytics platform to streamline workflows and uncover critical insights

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.

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

Blog

Cray Blog - Energy

Commentary and insight from Cray’s top experts and customers