Landmark optimises for Intel

Landmark Graphics has optimised its VIP reservoir simulation suite for Intel’s Itanium 2 platform. The work was carried out at the Energy Competence Centre in Abu Dhabi.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  June 2, 2004

Landmark Graphics has optimised its VIP reservoir simulation suite for Intel’s Itanium 2 platform. The work was carried out at the Energy Competence Centre in Abu Dhabi and has been done to improve the application’s simulation capabilities. The move should also help the software vendor tap into the local oil & gas industry’s enthusiasm for commodity hardware in high performance computing (HPC) environments, a trend initiated by Saudi Aramco but soon followed by the likes of Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) and Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (ADMA-OPCO). “When undertaking oil reservoir simulation you’re virtually predicting the future and have to account for a huge range of variables. As a result, the energy industry is increasingly turning to the high performance and vast memory capacity that Intel Itanium 2 processors deliver to handle the massive data volumes critical to such projects,” says Dr. John Killough, senior research fellow of research & development at Landmark. “VIP’s optimisation to Itanium 2 architecture means that jobs that previously took weeks to complete can now be turned around in a couple of hours, significantly increasing time-to-market and translating into real cost-savings for energy companies using the software,” he says. VIP was optimised using a cluster of Intel Itanium 2 processor-based servers, enabled with a Myrinet switch that scaled between 6 and 38 nodes. According to Landmark and Intel, the cluster allows the simulation app to significantly reduce the time it takes to run full-scale reservoir modelling tests. “Our work with Landmark further builds on this tradition by utilising the powerful industry-leading resources at Intel’s Energy Competency Centre,” says Tom Garrison, director of enterprise marketing at Intel Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA). “Ultimately, the high performance enabled by Landmark’s software optimisation for Itanium 2-based processors will enable the energy sector to locate and extract oil faster and more effectively,” he adds.

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