Cray Bags Contract to Provide Supercomputer and High-Performance Storage System to PGS

By CIOReview | Tuesday, March 24, 2015

SEATTLE, WA: Cray supercomputers successfully grab a contract to provide Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS), a global oil-and-gas company, with a Cray XC40 supercomputer and a Cray Sonexion 2000 storage system. PGS, headquartered in Oslo generates high-resolution seismic maps and 3D models of the earth's sub-surface, used by oil and gas companies to investigate and come up with offshore reserves worldwide.

The five-petaflop Cray 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 latest Cray XC40 supercomputer and Sonexion storage system will provide PGS with the sophisticated computational functionalities required to run highly-complex seismic processing and imaging applications. These comprises 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.

"With the Cray supercomputer, our imaging capabilities will leapfrog to a whole new level," says Guillaume Cambois, Executive Vice President Imaging & Engineering for PGS.  “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."

Engineered to keep up with performance challenges of the most demanding HPC users, Cray XC40 supercomputers has special features like: the Aries system interconnect; a Dragonfly network topology that frees applications from locality constraints; optional DataWarp applications I/O flash SSD accelerator technology; innovative cooling systems to lower customers' total cost of ownership; scalable, high performance Cray Linux Environment supporting a wide range of applications; Cray's HPC optimized programming environment for improved performance and programmability, and the ability to handle a wide variety of processor types, including Intel Xeon processors, Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors, and NVIDIA Tesla GPU accelerators.

Cray's Sonexion 2000 storage solution also imbibes Cray's Lustre expertise with a tightly integrated, unique design that allows for maximum scalability and performance. Management and operations are simplified through an appliance design with all storage components including software, storage and infrastructure.

On bagging the contract Peter Ungaro, President and CEO of Cray states, "This is another significant commercial win for Cray, including both high-end supercomputing and storage. We are thrilled that a company that is continually at the forefront of using new technologies to advance seismic imaging partnered with Cray to provide the computational and storage resources they need to advance their data-intensive business."