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Home / Issue Archive / 2008 / April #4 / News from the Russian Branch of Paradigm™

№ 4 (April 2008)

News from the Russian Branch of Paradigm™

In the second half of February, НР and Intel made an announcement of the completion of realization of the project on construction of a computer complex intended for solving problems of seismic data processing and migration for the company Paradigm™

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This complex is based on the innovative clustering technology of НР and Intel and provides computational capabilities necessary for the oil and gas sector of Russia.

New computational capabilities of the complex will enable Paradigm™ to significantly accelerate seismic data processing for their customers by reducing the time of the operational cycle and improving the quality of the results. While the volume of data to be processed is constantly increasing, and time allocated for its processing is being reduced, the new complex will enable the Paradigm customers to quicker and more efficiently perform computation, search and exploration of new hydrocarbon resources and increase reserves.

“Being a leading supplier of technologies for processing and interpretation of geological and geophysical data, and also – designing of well drilling, Paradigm™ devotes special attention to extending of its own computational capabilities, which will enable them to reduce the operational cycle time during data processing, – said Nikolai Baranskiy, Paradigm vice president for operations in Russia and the CIS countries. – Working in close cooperation with our engineers, НР and Intel proposed the optimal innovative solution developed for our sector, which will enable Paradigm™ to expand the range of rendered services and meet the demands for seismic data processing and migration.”

HP ProLiant DL140G3 servers on the basis of quad-core processors Intel® Xeon®, series 5300 were used as computational nodes; they are characterized by a balanced system architecture and optimal price/performance ratio. Total amount of processor cores in the complex is 512; the planned peak performance will be over 4.7 teraflops, total RAM space – over 1 TByte. Network infrastructure of the computational cluster is built on the basis of ProCurve solutions of HP. OS Linux is used as the operating system for the computational nodes of HP cluster.

This is the first installation of Paradigm on the basis of the quad-core technology. The project of the computational complex integration was realized by the specialists of HP and Paradigm, and the cluster was delivered in the record time – within one month.

“We see today that HPC become more and more important in the business of oil-and-gas companies worldwide including Russia, as the results of computations affect decision-making on the field development and evaluation of possible risks, – mentioned Owen Camp, vice president and general director of НР Russia. – The developed cluster will enable the Russian customers to considerably reduce costs, efficiently use resources and, therefore, improve their commercial performance by quick and high-quality computations.”

“For development of an oil or gas field, the exploration company has to process information of at least 100 TByte, which is ten times more than the total volume of the published information accumulated by the U.S. Congress Library, – said Dmitry Konash, tegional director of Intel Corporation in the CIS countries. – That is why the oil and gas sector has got one of the most dynamically developing computer infrastructures on the basis of high-performance systems – annual growth of computational capabilities of the world oil and gas sector varies from 50 to 100 percent. Software algorithms used by exploratory companies for discovery of oil fields are extremely sophisticated, and their complexity is still developing. Quad-core processors Intel Xeon on the basis of micro-architecture Intel Core display excellent performance, especially in applications for seismic analysis used for hydrocarbon field exploration.”

It is necessary to note that, according to the recent rating listing of 500 high-performance computer systems in the world (Top500), 354 positions in it are taken by SMP-systems and clusters on the basis of Intel® processors.   
In the 4th Quarter of the last year, Intel officially announced that a new generation products were released – a family of processors code-named Penryn which is created on the basis of the advanced 45-nm manufacturing technology.  Intel anticipates that computational nodes on the basis of the latest 2- and 4-core processors, designed based on the 45-nm technology, will find the widest application in clustering complexes used by the oil industry for hydrodynamic calculations, seismic data processing and graphical simulation (for more detailed information on 45-nm Intel technology see OGE, Issue 2, 2008, page 13, and also our web-site: http://www.oilandgaseurasia.com/ru/news/p/2/news/1772).

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