ADNOC gets SGI makeover

Oil producer ADNOC has purchased a new high-end processing solution from SGI which is four times faster than its existing oil reservoir simulation system.

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By  Eliot Beer Published  December 17, 2005

Oil producer ADNOC has purchased a new high-end processing solution from SGI which is four times faster than its existing oil reservoir simulation system. The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)’s new system is SGI’s Altix 3700 BX2 product. The 3700 BX2 is capable of using up to 512 Intel Itanium 2 processors, and of accessing up to 6TB of global shared memory. “SGI’s leading edge technology has helped ADNOC in critical areas of oil and gas exploration and production,” says Gilbert Soufan, general manager for SGI Middle East and North Africa. “The newly installed high performance computer at ADNOC will provide the company a significant advantage in the area of oil reservoir studies. The computing capabilities of our system are unsurpassed in the industry and we are certain that ADNOC will benefit immensely from this implementation.” SGI says this new system is much more efficient than alternative clustered models, as it uses only one single image of the operating system across the cluster. This is not only easier to deploy and use, but also allows fast access to all the data in the system’s memory, according to the company. The Altix 3700 BX2 system uses SGI’s Numaflex global shared memory architecture, and its Numalink 4 interconnect technology. The firm claims this interconnect technology is the industry’s fastest, at 6.4GBs, with less than 1ms MPI latency. SGI, formerly known as Silicon Graphics, became a household name when its high-end hardware allowed realistic 3G animation for the first time, leading to such films as Jurassic Park, Monsters, Inc, and the recent Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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