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BW: Conoco Builds Next-Generation Geophysical Supercomputer

Aug 31, 2000, 00:50 (0 Talkback[s])

"Conoco announced it has achieved a technological and competitive milestone in seismic exploration, with the installation of the largest and most powerful Intel-based geophysical computer available in today's petroleum industry. Conoco's new supercomputer -- considered to be among the most powerful supercomputers worldwide -- is part of the company's state-of-the-art in-house seismic data processing system."

"The new supercomputer integrates cost-effective Intel chip technology, the Linux operating system, advanced tape robotics and 10 terabytes of massive hard-disk storage -- enough to hold the entire U.S. Library of Congress -- with Conoco's leading-edge proprietary seismic processing software...."

"The supercomputer and its accompanying disk farm are located in Conoco's seismic computing facility in Ponca City, Okla. However, the machine is designed so that it can be accessed from almost any Conoco location. Sub-clusters can be placed in any office location or aboard offshore seismic vessels worldwide to allow real-time processing of seismic data during the field acquisition stage. In order to allow flexible remote use in the new internet-driven computing era, Conoco has re-engineered its leading-edge seismic processing software to operate in the Linux system with an XML-compatible, JAVA-based user interface."

"Conoco believes that the future of geophysical computing lies in the new Intel cluster architecture and the Linux operating system; and we have merged these technologies with our own software to achieve a milestone in the seismic field," Dr. Huffman added. "Ultimately, these innovations will improve our reservoir management and assist other disciplines where advanced computing is critical to our ability to do certain types of analysis."

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