SGI Altix helps ADCO to see bigger picture

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By  Published  December 8, 2006

Emirates Computers has deployed a single image computer for Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Co-operation (ADCO), which will enable the oil giant to conduct reservoir simulation tests four times faster.

The SGI Altix 4700 solution was selected by ADCO’s Petroleum Development Division to conduct reservoir simulations on and features 384 processor cores, 768Gbytes dual in-line memory modules (DIMMS) and 10.8Tbytes of storage capacity.

Its supercluster uses the latest Intel Dual Core Itanium Montecito and will enable several oil field teams to work on the system, inputting data sets for oil reservoirs to run compositional simulations using Schlumberger “Eclipse” or other simulation applications.

Normally these simulations can take days to complete and are used as the basis for oil field development planning.

However, by using the Altix solution, these tests can be run up to four times faster than on ADCO’s previous hardware.

Explaining why ADCO selected the SGI image computer, Altix, Masoud Al-Mughairy, Team Leader (IS/IT) at ADCO, said: “Judging on the ratio of price versus performance, no other vendors were able to compete with the SGI figures.

“We were also attracted by the long history of SGI in technical computing, and the revolutionary technology that was being proposed.”

He went on to say these considerations were backed with solid service standards and warranty conditions from the local supplier, Emirates Computers.

According to Al-Mughairy the implementation of the solution was a smooth process: “We are very excited about our new acquisition. We found Emirates Computers to be a committed partner as always, their installation team together with SGI’s hardware specialists went well beyond the call of duty to ensure that the implementation was as smooth as possible.”

Tony Abou Jawad, Emirates Computers’ manager of technical computing, claimed the project was a milestone for the firm which has serviced the UAE’s oil and gas industry since 1978.

He said that a particular ach- ievement was the fact that it had managed to get Altix up and running for ADCO within 48 hours.

“You might have thought providing the biggest single image super computer in the Middle East was challenging, however SGI and Emirates Computers engineers managed to get the machine operational in less than 48 hours,” Jawad said.

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