Petroleum Geo Services

Mapping the earth's sub-surface

PGS and Cray will enable oil and gas companies to explore and produce offshore reserves worldwide.

PGS Powers Their Infrastructure with Cray Supercomputing and Storage

Cray will provide Petroleum Geo Services (PGS) with a five-petaflop Cray® XC40™ supercomputer and Cray® Sonexion® Lustre® file system.

With the Cray supercomputer, our imaging capabilities will leapfrog to a whole new level. We are using this technology investment to secure our market lead in broadband imaging and position ourselves for the future. With access to the greater compute efficiency and reliability of the Cray system, we can extract the full potential of our complex GeoStreamer® imaging technologies, such as SWIM and CWI.

-- Guillaume Cambois, Executive Vice President Imaging & Engineering, PGS

PGS The search for hydrocarbons is a high risk/reward process. Energy companies have typically led the way in the commercial HPC space in creating and implementing new technologies as a means to reduce risk and optimize rewards. The energy industry is facing massive increases in compute and storage requirements as an integral component of their core business, and companies are searching for technology partnerships to help them achieve their goal of providing energy for the world. Petroleum Geo Services chose Cray as a partner to provide their customers with the information needed to help find and produce hydrocarbons faster, safer and more efficiently.

Cray will provide Petroleum Geo Services with a Cray XC40 supercomputer and Cray Sonexion Lustre storage system. This five-petaflop supercomputer will be one of the largest systems Cray has delivered to a commercial customer, and among the largest supercomputers deployed in the commercial sector.

The new Cray XC40 supercomputer and Sonexion storage system will be integrated into the Petroleum Geo Services workflow and advance their computational capabilities necessary to run highly complex seismic processing and imaging applications. These applications include imaging algorithms for the PGS Triton survey, which is the most advanced seismic imaging survey ever conducted in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico.


Petroleum Geo Services is a focused marine geophysical company providing a broad range of seismic and reservoir services, including acquisition, imaging, interpretation, and field evaluation. The PGS MultiClient data library is among the largest in the seismic industry, with modern 3D coverage in all significant offshore hydrocarbon provinces of the world. Petroleum Geo-Service operates on a worldwide basis with headquarters at Oslo, Norway. For more information visit

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