Chip Shot: Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessors Help Accelerate Oil and Gas Exploration

Today, SGI and DownUnder GeoSolutions (DUG), a geosciences company, announced a new SGI custom HPC system featuring a total of 3,800 Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessors, making it one of the largest commercial deployments of Xeon Phi coprocessors. With added compute capacity of up to six peak petaflops, the system significantly accelerates DUG’s turnaround times for processing seismic data. In an industry where time is invaluable, the Intel Xeon Phi-based system allows DUG to test more and faster, leading to better results in a much shorter period of time. This has enabled DUG’s customers to bring their oil and gas projects online earlier, potentially saving them millions of dollars. For more information, please read the Intel blog and SGI news release.