Note: This is the third and final blog in the Dell EMC HPC vertical blog series. For more information, visit past blogs on HPC in healthcare and manufacturing.As the economic opportunities, demand and stakes continue to rise, the oil and gas industry attracts some of the leading scientific minds in the world. Gone are the days of intuition and trial and error in favor of incredibly advanced, sophisticated seismic exploration techniques that can pinpoint hydrocarbons with unprecedented accuracy. But the recent emphasis on more complex and challenging offshore and on-shore production has brought with it a new set of difficult seismic challenges. As the risks, rewards and global competition have ratcheted up, so too has the pressure on scientists to deliver even greater precision and ensure optimal production.High performance computing (HPC) has played a critical role in oil and gas industry innovation for more than 30 years because the data sizes and physics computations are incredibly compute intensive. It seems that every seven or eight years additional compute, storage and network throughput capacity increases, so an algorithm that’s been laying around for a while can finally be put to use. Over the years, some truly incredible scientific discoveries have revolutionized oil and gas exploration. One of the earliest seismic migration methods, Kirchhoff Time Migration, required what was for that time great amounts of compute, but allowed us to “see” beneath the ground. Then Kirchhoff depth migration came along providing even finer gradation producing HD-like images, and reverse time migration is allowing oil and gas companies to visualize what’s under salt with incredible accuracy, but these require 10 to 12 times more compute and data than any other techniques.These rapidly evolving research and technical computing workloads are now pushing the limits of many HPC systems, creating severe computing bottlenecks and major performance issues. We are now also seeing data management and storage requirements becoming a concern for customers. With the integration of legacy Dell and legacy EMC portfolios, Dell EMC as a combined company has an even broader set of offerings designed to solve these customer challenges.From workstations to large clusters, Dell EMC is proud to work with some of the world’s top oil and gas providers and some emerging ones to address all aspects of HPC, enabling them to scale by choosing with confidence when, where and how to integrate new HPC capabilities to complement or replace existing capacity. We ensure that all aspects of our oil and gas customers’ HPC systems are interconnected and impact their overall business success, performance and productivity. By looking at the whole system and these interconnections, our future-ready infrastructure of servers, storage and networking solutions ensures that HPC clusters are prepared for the new exploration technologies we all know are coming.Some of these innovations focus on efficiency rather than exploration accuracy. For example, machine learning could have a huge impact on the industry and bring with it massive new compute demands. By learning how to perform certain difficult and expensive tasks such as seismic velocity modeling and automating those processes, computers could save oil and gas companies tremendous amounts of time and money. Velocity Picking is expensive both in time and money during the flow of a seismic operation. An auto-picker would shorten the time spent in the hands of geophysical technicians and would become another calculated portion of the job flow. Also, increased processing power can help eliminate redundant work to ensure better computing utilization, which is critical for profitability.For oil and gas companies of all sizes, continued success in a volatile market will depend on innovation that only HPC can support. HPC in the cloud is gaining momentum so smaller companies can compete by handling huge jobs. As the scientists in the industry continue to develop breakthrough technologies at a breakneck pace that get us closer to the elusive goal of perfectly pinpointing oil and gas reserves, flexible and scalable HPC systems will be more critical than ever.For additional information on Dell EMC HPC offerings, visit the following:@DellHPC on TwitterDell HPC Customer Case StudiesDell HPC CommunityDell4Enterprise Blogs:High performance computing drives innovation for manufacturersAdvancing healthcare innovation through high performance computing
SOUTHBURY, Conn. (AP) — Police in Connecticut say Friday’s frigid weather may have contributed to the death of a street sweeper whose body was found after an early morning accident. The 47-year-old victim was discovered at about 5:30 a.m. by police responding to a report that a small sweeper vehicle had crashed into the side of a building at the Southbury Green shopping center. Police say the man was lying on the ground outside the cab of the sweeper and could have been unconscious for an extended time in temperatures hovering around 0 degrees Fahrenheit before he was found. His name was not released.
GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (AP) — Police say four people have been arrested and a teenage suspect is on the run following a shooting that left one person dead and another wounded at a mall in northern Wisconsin. Police say 17-year-old Dezman Ellis is being sought after gunfire erupted around 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Fox River Mall in Grand Chute. Police say they arrested four people, including three more teenagers, on Monday, but could not say how or if they are connected to Ellis. Police say 19-year-old Jovanni J. Frausto was killed in the shooting and a second person who was shot was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
NEW DELHI (AP) — About 200 supporters of Indian farmers have scuffled with police after being blocked from marching to an area for protests near the Parliament building in the Indian capital. Waving flags and banners, the protesters demanded the repeal of new agriculture reform laws which farmers say will favor large corporations. The police barricaded the road and some protesters tried unsuccessfully to push their way through. Tens of thousands of farmers have been camping on the outskirts of New Delhi for more than two months in an effort to force the repeal of laws they believe would end government-set prices and force them to sell to powerful corporations rather than government-run markets.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan group that has delayed safety recommendations after two dams failed last year, destroying 150 houses and causing over $200 million damage in Midland County. The Michigan Dam Safety Task Force drafted 86 recommendations, including increased monitoring and other risk mitigation efforts. They will revise some of the language later in the week to send to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and state regulators. Recommendations also must be approved by the Legislature. The failure of the Edenville Dam, which led to the failure of the Sanford dam and the flooding, had a history of violating safety regulations. The flooding forced the evacuation of 10,000 people.
HOUSTON (AP) — U.S. border agents have since Saturday detained a Cuban woman with her newborn son, one day after she gave birth in a Texas hospital, but were expected to release both of them later Wednesday. Advocates say the woman’s detention by U.S. Customs and Border Protection raised concerns that she was being held in a sparse holding cell without beds or the food and care needed by a new mother or a newborn. Under federal rules, CBP is supposed to release most detained immigrants after 72 hours, a deadline that passed Tuesday. CBP said Wednesday it would release the family.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The state of Virginia has moved another step closer to ending capital punishment. The state House has joined the Senate in voting to abolish the death penalty. Gov. Ralph Northam supports this legislation. His signature would make Virginia the 23rd state to stop executing prisoners. It’s a dramatic shift for Virginia, which has executed nearly 1,400 people since its days as a colony. The Death Penalty Information Center says that’s more than any other state. In modern times, Virginia trails only Texas in the number of executions since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976.