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  1. 1. IBM Case Study Tricon Geophysics accelerates oil and gas discovery with IBM iDataPlex supercomputer Overview ■ Challenge To improve customer service, Tricon Geophysics needed to upgrade its supercomputing facilities, but faced strict limita- tions in the available floorspace, cooling capacity and electrical power in its data center ■ Solution Tricon Geophysics selected an IBM System x iDataPlex Tricon Geophysics, Inc. is a processing, “ IBM iDataPlex has and IBM System x3950 and seismic imaging and reservoir charac- given us a significant System x3950M2 servers to terization company for the oil and gas process large volumes of seis- advantage over our industry with offices located in Denver, mic data on behalf of its CO, Houston, TX, Caracas, Venezuela, local competitors, customers and Bogota, Colombia. Tricon provides enabling us to carry ■ Benefits 3D and 2D seismic imaging services out complex seismic — Quadrupled processing including 3D pre-stack migration. Tricon migrations much more speed has become a recognized leader in the rapidly.” — Helps customers to pinpoint process of pre-stack merging of exist- ing 3D volumes. — Bernardo Briones, Tricon the best places to drill, Geophysics Venezuela General enabling them to find new Manager reserves faster and at lower The discovery of new underground cost reserves of oil and gas relies heavily on — Consumes 40 percent less seismography. Prospecting companies energy than alternative create vibrations using vibroseis trucks solutions or explosives on land, and air guns under sea, and measure the reflected pressure waves from underground structures using sensors. When the
  2. 2. underground rocks are uniform, it is relatively simple to use the reflected pressurewaves to build up detailed and accurate three-dimensional underground maps.These maps help prospecting companies identify the most likely places to find oilor gas reserves, maximizing the likelihood that costly exploratory drilling will pro-duce a return on investment.However, when there is underground structural complexity, the pressure waves willbe scattered (reflected and diffracted), creating an inaccurate picture. The tech-nique of “seismic migration” uses advanced computational algorithms to performan inversion operation involving the rearrangement of seismic information elementsso that reflections and diffractions are plotted at their true locations.The need for speedIn general terms, oil and gas companies are under increasing pressure from theirstakeholders to find new reserves faster, and this creates constant demand formore compute power in seismic migration. In the particular case of TriconGeophysics, there were two additional factors driving the need to invest in newsupercomputing facilities. First, the Venezuelan government had started offshoreprospecting north of the Paria Peninsula, in 2,500 km2 blocks (much larger thantypical onshore blocks). Second, there was increasing demand for more sophisti-cated onshore seismic migrations, fueling explosive growth in data volumes.The existing cluster at Tricon Geophysics was not powerful enough to meet cus-tomer demands, and there were significant physical constraints on building a newsupercomputer. The company’s Caracas data center had very limited floorspace,cooling capacity and electrical power-making it vital to find a solution that offeredextremely high compute power within a compact and energy-efficientform-factor.Cool, compact, efficientWorking with IBM Systems Lab Services and Training, IBM Global TechnologyServices and IBM Business Partner Strix Technologies, S.A., Tricon Geophysicsselected an IBM System x® iDataPlex™ running Red Hat Enterprise Linux® asthe basis for its new supercomputer. The iDataPlex is half the depth of a standard42U rack, but can hold twice the usual number of servers. Each of the84 iDataPlex dx340 nodes in the rack features two quad-core Intel® Xeon®5440 Series 2.83GHz processors and 32GB RAM. Cooling is provided by anIBM Rear Door Heat eXchanger, which cuts cooling costs by 20 percent,
  3. 3. compared to a standard rack with equivalent compute power. Pre-processing of Solution Componentsthe seismic data for the TSUNAMI Migration Suite application running on theiDataPlex is handled by an IBM System x3950 M2 server also running Red Hat HardwareEnterprise Linux. ● IBM System x® iDataPlex™ ● IBM System x3950iDataPlex is a key solution in the IBM Dynamic Infrastructure portfolio, providing a ● IBM System x3950 M2flexible and highly efficient platform that enables businesses to manage the signifi-cant ongoing growth in data volumes while decreasing their energy costs and Softwarecarbon footprint. ● Red Hat Enterprise Linux® Services“IBM proposed iDataPlex, which solved all three physical problems in our data cen-ter, giving us a flexible, low-cost solution that helps us improve customer service,” ● IBM Global Technology Servicessays Bernardo Briones, Tricon Geophysics Venezuela General Manager. “We esti- ● IBM Systems Lab Services andmate that the iDataPlex consumes 40 percent less energy than the alternative solu- Trainingtions we considered, and the cooling requirements are similarly reduced. It is also ● IBM Server Product Services forextremely compact, packing 672 processor cores in a double-density rack includ- IBM System x serversing the Rear Door heat Exchanger, making it the ideal solution for us. Without ● IBM Hardware Maintenance ServicesiDataPlex, we would have needed to move offices in order to have a larger data Business Partnercenter.” ● Strix Technologies, S.A.Technology and service and Systems Lab Services and TrainingThe IBM Global Technology Services and Systems Lab Services and Training teamhelped Tricon Geophysics to set up and operate the new platform, and now pro-vides ongoing maintenance and technical support. “Our in-house system engineerworked closely with IBM Global Technology Services, and the skills-transfer gaveus confidence that we could operate the iDataPlex cluster,” says Bernardo Briones.“IBM provides a very responsive service when we require expert external support,and the consultants from Strix are also highly capable.”Green light for business successThe iDataPlex solution has quadrupled the speed of processing at TriconGeophysics, enabling the company to process larger and more complex geophysi-cal data sets within shorter timeframes. Faster computation enables TriconGeophysics’ customers to find new reserves faster and with a greater degree ofcertainty, minimizing the need for costly exploratory drilling.“IBM iDataPlex has given us a significant advantage over our local competitors,enabling us to carry out complex seismic migrations on massive data sets muchmore rapidly,” says Bernardo Briones. “Seismic data in Venezuela is classified as
  4. 4. nonexportable by the government, so prospecting companies can no longer send © Copyright IBM Corporation 2009 IBM Systems and Technology Groupit to very large computational clusters abroad. With iDataPlex, we can meet their Route 100deadlines while keeping the data in-country - this means that we can deliver a Somers, NY 10589 U.S.A.much more attractive service.” Produced in the United States of America October 2009The iDataPlex solution actually delivered even better results than expected at Tricon All Rights ReservedGeophysics. Bernardo Briones cites the example of a particular migration that pre- IBM, the IBM logo,, iDataPlex and System x are trademarks or registeredviously took two months to run, and can now be completed within just two weeks. trademarks of International Business MachinesThe company’s customers get their results faster, which contributes to their ability Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both. If these and otherto find and bring new reserves to production faster. IBM trademarked terms are marked on their first occurrence in this information with a trademark symbol (® or ™), these symbols indicate U.S.“In addition to giving us a significant increase in processing power, while keeping registered or common law trademarks ownedenergy and cooling requirements low, the IBM iDataPlex solution was quick and by IBM at the time this information was published. Such trademarks may also beeasy to deploy,” says Bernardo Briones. “The iDataPlex solution is effectively a registered or common law trademarks in othersupercomputer-in-a-box: a packaged solution that we were able to deploy in our countries. A current list of IBM trademarks is available on the Web at “Copyright andexisting data center without any requirement for specialist racks or cooling sys- trademark information” at We can now run more sophisticated migrations on larger data sets and pro- copytrade.shtml Intel and Intel Xeon are trademarks or registeredduce faster results for our customers - the IBM technology has effectively opened trademarks of Intel Corporation or itsup a new market for us, enabling us to compete against larger data processing subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.companies in the US.” Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in the United States, other countries, or both.For more information Other product, company or service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.Contact your IBM sales representative or IBM Business Partner, or visit us at: IBM and Strix Technologies, C.A. are companies and each is responsible for its own products. Neither IBM nor Strix Technologies, S.A. makes any warranties, express or implied,For more information about Tricon Geophysics Inc., visit: concerning the other’s References in this publication to IBM products, programs or services do not imply that IBM intends to make these available in allFor more information about Strix Technologies, C.A., visit: countries in which IBM operates. Any reference to an IBM product, program or service is not intended to imply that only IBM’s product, program or service may be used. Any functionally equivalent product, program or service may be used instead. Offerings are subject to change, extension or withdrawal without notice. All client examples cited represent how some clients have used IBM products and the results they may have achieved. THE INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT IS PROVIDED “AS-IS” WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY, EITHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED. XSC03045-USEN-00