Oil & Gas Industry Embracing High Performance Computing

The business of exploration and production has always been a high stakes one. As an asset, risk, and potential-intensive critical industry the very nature of the oil and gas sector has required companies committed to success to push the performance envelope. This is becoming more evident today than at any other time in the history of energy. As global demand continues its inevitable climb, getting the most from mature assets, while competitively pursuing unconventional ones, means leveraging the most sophisticated yet vast information ocean that advanced technologies can provide.

As advanced technologies continue to refine imaging, mapping, simulation, and monitoring of exploration and production, companies are further challenged to not just collect, but quantify this data for better results. At the heart of effective Big Data analytics and operations for oil and gas exploration is high performance computing (HPC). The complexities inherent in gathering and utilizing such massive amounts of data require HPC as the first critical step in transforming indiscriminate data into actionable data.  More importantly, current industry trends support this assertion.

The oil and gas industry, along with the financial sector, is the premier commercial consumer of supercomputing systems and solutions. According to a recent IDC survey1, supercomputer deployments are dominating growth in the HPC sector. While sales of all HPC servers grew 7.7 percent from 2011 to 2012, sales of supercomputers over the same period grew by 30 percent. Supercomputer revenues accounted for $5.6 billion of the total $11 billion HPC server market in 2012.

An IDC survey, HPC Market Update, HPC Trends In the Oil/Gas Sector and IDC’s Top 10 Predictions for 2014, found that companies in the oil and gas sector are budgeting an average of 12 percent of all HPC spending to support Big Data analytics (HPDA) — more than is spent on storage hardware, middleware or server maintenance. What this reveals is that forward-looking companies are invested in finding new ways to utilize high performance computing (HPC) to satisfy the growing need for faster, more impactive analysis.

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Hewlett Packard (HP) combines its industry-leading standards-based systems with targeted HPC technologies and expertise to deliver purpose-built HPC solutions for upstream oil & gas. HP accelerated platforms offer multi-fold performance increases to reduce processing times and deliver faster time-to-oil for the E&P industry—significantly reducing both CapEx and OpEx costs.

HP works closely with oil & gas companies around the world to ensure they characterize and tune their solutions to the specific workloads you use during seismic exploration and reservoir management and simulation. Solutions are then delivered using a modular approach through the HP Unified Cluster Portfolio (UCP). This way, HP can quickly deploy each tailor-made solution with an application-ready cluster that meets your needs today, while assuring a strong growth path to the future.

To learn more about how HP solutions accelerate innovation in oil & gas with HPC platforms access the free on-demand webinar, Strategic Opportunities for Oil & Gas with High Performance Computing, where you will hear from subject matter experts on how your enterprise can implement industry-leading, HPC infrastructure with highly efficient systems and solutions. Click here to access the HP webinar now!

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