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Computing Models Advancing as Oil and Gas Industry Demands Change

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The oil and gas industry has long been among the leading practitioners of supercomputing technology, as 3D seismic data processing has been a staple of the sector for years. Recent developments in the industry have added additional layers of complexity and opportunity that promise to improve exploration and production operations - Permanent Reservoir Monitoring, or PRM. In the past, the development plan for a newly discovered field was based entirely on the original seismic data, observations made by the discovery and subsequent wells. In the previous two decades, it had been demonstrated at more than twenty producing fields around the world that when 3D seismic surveys were repeated two or three times a year it was possible to detect … [Read more...]

Open & Trusted Storage Solutions for Cluster Systems

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I’ve worked in the data management and storage business since 1999.  One of the things that struck me early on was how supply-side and proprietary the industry was.  Storage vendors often pushed extraneous hardware or over-provisioned configurations.  Systems were proprietary and didn’t interop.   You could not replicate data from vendor A’s system to vendor B’s system and the worst part was that customers often were burdened carrying the tab for years, integrating and making due with supply-side configurations. For example, one customer I worked with described how a storage vendor dropped the gear off at the loading dock and walked away.  The customer was stuck figuring out how to put the pieces together. In HPC, … [Read more...]

Chapel Parallel Iterators: Giving Programmers Productivity with Control

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As described in my previous blog article, Chapel is an emerging parallel programming language that we’re developing at Cray to dramatically simplify parallel programming, from your multicore laptop to the world’s most powerful Cray systems.  Chapel is being developed in an open-source manner and is designed and implemented with portability as a key concern. While the previous article gave a high-level overview of Chapel's concepts, implementation, and next steps, in this article I'll provide a deeper dive into one specific Chapel feature area—its support for user-defined parallel iterators.  This feature is designed to give programmers full control over the parallelism and scheduling used to implement parallel loops, yet in a … [Read more...]

A look at Indiana University’s New “Big Red II” Supercomputer

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Twenty-five times faster than its predecessor, Indiana University’s new “Big Red II” Cray supercomputer is up and running, and ready to speed engineering innovation and scientific discovery to the tune of one thousand trillion floating-point operations per second. Leveraging years of experience with Cray machines and embracing the same HPC architecture as other large national lab machines, IU is now more equipped than ever to take on the increasing challenges of data-intensive computing. Utilizing the world’s fastest university-owned supercomputer, IU will now be able address new science and technology challenges, addressing much larger and vastly more complex problems. Building on the success of the original Big Red 1 system, … [Read more...]

One of the world’s most powerful supercomputers opens for business…and Science!

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The Blue Waters supercomputer, which is housed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), recently opened for use in a ceremony that featured a variety of movers and shakers in the high-performance computing, corporate, government and science sectors. Among those industry leaders was Pete Ungaro, President and CEO of Cray Inc., who spoke at the event along with Pat Quinn, the Governor of the State of Illinois. The event represented Blue Waters' formal introduction into research society, as it has already been used for important early projects and is now being made more widely available. With tight HPC-integration across compute, memory and storage, Blue Waters, a Cray XK7 … [Read more...]