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Primeur weekly 2014-10-27

Special

European research prominently addressed in ISC Big Data'14 Conference ...

Focus

CloudFlow to leverage HPC and Cloud-based simulation services to manufacturing and engineering SMEs  ...

The Cloud

NIST's Cloud Computing Roadmap details research requirements and action plans ...

IBM and Microsoft to offer greater choice in the hybrid Cloud ...

IBM expands global Cloud footprint with first SoftLayer Cloud centre in France ...

German Public Transportation Co. adopts IBM Software Defined Storage to tackle Big Data ...

Desktop Grids

Crowd computing Project seeks better understanding of DNA and improved quality of life ...

World Community Grid to launch 'Uncovering Genome Mysteries' Project ...

Crowd computing power to solve microbe mysteries ...

EuroFlash

SysFera and Kitware integrate HPC products for improved scientific data analysis ...

ADVA Optical Networking and BT show real value of transport SDN at SDN and OpenFlow World Congress ...

Major oil and gas software providers integrate with Altair PBS Professional ...

New computational method allows the identification of genetic alterations in cancer patients within hours ...

DANTE and TERENA join forces to become the GÉANT Association ...

ISC High Performance'15 team to issue Call for Workshops ...

Mellanox InfiniBand powers top European high performance computing centres ...

'CT scan' of distant universe reveals cosmic web in 3D ...

Brain simulation raises questions ...

PRACE in search of two Peer-review Officers ...

USFlash

ESnet extends 100G connectivity across Atlantic ...

Mellanox Ethernet solutions selected for new HP 64-bit ARM data centre platform ...

Take a tour of high performance computing with "Optimizing HPC Applications with Intel Cluster Tools" ...

SGI supercomputer places DownUnder GeoSolutions at the forefront of oil and gas exploration ...

Supercomputers link proteins to drug side effects ...

HP supercomputer at NREL garners top honour ...

UTA engineer uses advanced sensing, crowdsourcing to predict urban water flow, city needs ...

GLOBALFOUNDRIES to acquire IBM's Microelectronics business ...

Mellanox Technologies announces third quarter 2014 financial results ...

SGI supercomputer places DownUnder GeoSolutions at the forefront of oil and gas exploration

21 Oct 2014 Milpitas, Perth - DownUnder GeoSolutions (DUG), a global geosciences company offering seismic processing and interpretation solutions to the oil and gas industry, has purchased high performance computing (HPC) hardware from SGI, a global expert in high performance solutions for compute, data analytics, and data management, significantly improving the rate of discovery and analysis for oil and gas exploration.

The SGI custom solution, powered by Intel Xeon processors and Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors, significantly accelerates DUG's turnaround times for processing seismic data. The system benefits DUG customers by assisting to bring oil and gas projects on-line earlier, potentially saving them millions of dollars.

With its previous systems, all of DUG's heavier workloads would take anywhere from hours to months to run. DUG turned to SGI, its trusted advisor for the last decade, to accelerate these processes. Working closely with Intel and SGI, DUG deployed a customized SGI Rackable HPC environment, including 3,800 Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors, making it one of the largest commercial deployments of Xeon Phi coprocessors. This provides DUG with an added compute capacity of up to six peak petaflops.

"We've already started to see dramatic improvements in turn-around times when we compare our upgraded machines to those without co-processors. Our time migration now runs more than 10 times faster. Our depth migration runs six times faster. DUG has also seen its Reverse Time Migration (RTM) run significantly faster through this new technology", stated Dr. Matt Lamont, DUG's managing director.

Working closely with DUG and Intel, SGI created a customized solution that gives DUG the best combination of performance, density and power consumption for its needs. "SGI's thorough understanding of our business and the needs of our clients has created a trusted relationship based on innovation and service reliability", stated Dr. Matt Lamont.

"In a market where cost and time is tight, DUG continues its commitment to development, innovation and research. Combining the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors with our proprietary software, DUG Insight, we're able to provide our customers with one of the most powerful geo-processing production systems to date", stated Dr. Matt Lamont. "Our Intel Xeon Phi powered solutions enable interactive processing and imaging from each of our geophysicists' individual computers. A testing regime that once took weeks can now be achieved in days. Production on the cluster that once took from weeks to months now takes days."

"DUG's innovative use of Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors is enabling its geophysicists to work with large seismic data sets interactively", stated Charles Wuischpard, vice president and general manager of Workstations and HPC at Intel. "In an industry where time is invaluable, the Intel Xeon Phi-based SGI system allows DUG to test more and faster, leading to better results in a much shorter period of time. Its integration of Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors has enabled them to quickly adapt its existing code and immediately pass this value on to its customers."

"SGI is excited to further build on its 10-year history with DUG, helping them realize significant performance improvement, through our reliable, industry-leading hardware", stated Jorge Titinger, president and CEO of SGI. "We look forward to expanding our partnership with DUG as we both continue to find innovative solutions to today's most complex problems in the oil and gas industry."

The SGI custom-built, high performance workstations have dual socket Intel Xeon E5-2660 v2 processors coupled with dual Intel Xeon Phi 7120A coprocessors, with 16GB of onboard memory per Xeon Phi and 256GB of system memory. Local storage is provided by 24TB of disk and each custom solution is connected by a 10GB non-blocking network.

SGI, Intel and DUG will jointly showcase the systems at SEG Denver, which takes place October 26-31, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.
Source: Rackable Systems

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Primeur weekly 2014-10-27

Special

European research prominently addressed in ISC Big Data'14 Conference ...

Focus

CloudFlow to leverage HPC and Cloud-based simulation services to manufacturing and engineering SMEs  ...

The Cloud

NIST's Cloud Computing Roadmap details research requirements and action plans ...

IBM and Microsoft to offer greater choice in the hybrid Cloud ...

IBM expands global Cloud footprint with first SoftLayer Cloud centre in France ...

German Public Transportation Co. adopts IBM Software Defined Storage to tackle Big Data ...

Desktop Grids

Crowd computing Project seeks better understanding of DNA and improved quality of life ...

World Community Grid to launch 'Uncovering Genome Mysteries' Project ...

Crowd computing power to solve microbe mysteries ...

EuroFlash

SysFera and Kitware integrate HPC products for improved scientific data analysis ...

ADVA Optical Networking and BT show real value of transport SDN at SDN and OpenFlow World Congress ...

Major oil and gas software providers integrate with Altair PBS Professional ...

New computational method allows the identification of genetic alterations in cancer patients within hours ...

DANTE and TERENA join forces to become the GÉANT Association ...

ISC High Performance'15 team to issue Call for Workshops ...

Mellanox InfiniBand powers top European high performance computing centres ...

'CT scan' of distant universe reveals cosmic web in 3D ...

Brain simulation raises questions ...

PRACE in search of two Peer-review Officers ...

USFlash

ESnet extends 100G connectivity across Atlantic ...

Mellanox Ethernet solutions selected for new HP 64-bit ARM data centre platform ...

Take a tour of high performance computing with "Optimizing HPC Applications with Intel Cluster Tools" ...

SGI supercomputer places DownUnder GeoSolutions at the forefront of oil and gas exploration ...

Supercomputers link proteins to drug side effects ...

HP supercomputer at NREL garners top honour ...

UTA engineer uses advanced sensing, crowdsourcing to predict urban water flow, city needs ...

GLOBALFOUNDRIES to acquire IBM's Microelectronics business ...

Mellanox Technologies announces third quarter 2014 financial results ...