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ComputerWorld: Update: Conoco deploys Linux-based supercomputer for use in oil exploration

Sep 06, 2000, 17:09 (2 Talkback[s])
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"The new geophysical computer -- which Conoco said boasts enough storage capacity to house the complete U.S. Library of Congress -- was built entirely by an internal information technology and engineering team headed by Dr. Alan Huffman, manager of the $27 billion company's Seismic Imaging Technology Center. ...the system already has been used to analyze seismic data from the North Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, where Conoco recently discovered oil and is drilling two deep-water wells."

"The supercomputer and its accompanying disk farm are located at Conoco's seismic computing facility in Ponca City, Okla. But the new system has been designed in such a way that it's accessible from almost any Conoco substation, according to company officials. Making that possible involved re-engineering the company's seismic software to run under Linux with a Java-based and XML-compatible user interface."

"We jumped on Linux because it had the flexibility to customize to our needs," Huffman said. In addition to re-engineering its software, he added, Conoco designed the hardware so that mini-clusters of processors can be split off for use by geophysicists who want to process data at oil exploration sites."

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