The Challenge

Virtually every piece of advanced technology involved in the exploration and production of oil and gas monitors, analyzes, retrieves, or processes large amounts of data.  The problem facing oil and gas companies revolves around the exponential growth of data compounded by the need to analyze it in real-time.

Seismic surveys can produce huge amounts of data that must be captured in ultra-high 3D resolutions and quickly processed for display on computer monitors.  To further complicate the matter, multiple renderings of the same large data set are often being maintained simultaneously, requiring multi-petabytes of available data storage space.

To quickly and effectively manage, use, and access petabytes of data, Oil & Gas companies are in need of an established, enterprise-reliable Big Data storage partner.

The Solution

AMAX, a leader in High-Performance Computing (HPC) and advanced Big Data storage technologies, provides a comprehensive line of highly scalable and highly available hardware and software solutions engineered to provide superior, sustained high-performance with robust & reliable storage.

At AMAX, our engineers understand that most customers’ data does not consist of just one type of data.  We design our storage solutions, such as our StorMax-X2 iSCSI clustered storage (designed to deliver over 96GB/s of data) or our StorMax-X3 Scale-Out NAS storage solution (with 1.8PB of storage per 42U rack), to service customer demand for smaller meta-data as well as large datasets used in applications like 3D seismic imaging and Kirchhoff Time Migration.  The enormous data collected from these types of applications are often well into the 100+terabyte range, necessitating the need for ultra dense storage that can continue to be scaled without a performance hit.  AMAX’s StorMax-X3 was created to be infinitely scalable, supporting up to 1.8PB per 42U standard rack within a single unified file system. A 120PB (or 120 million gigabytes) storage array is now feasible, supporting the powerful simulations of complex systems, such as seismic processing.  AMAX also understands that businesses need cost effective, high performance storage that features enterprise-level benefits.  

AMAX’s open-architecture designed storage offerings range from individual storage servers to full turnkey multi-petabyte rack storage solutions, are intended to specifically address performance scalability, extreme density, and robust storage management and includes industry leading features such as Flexible Volume Management, Data Security Protection, Data De-duplication, and Multi-fabric\Multi-protocol support.

The Impact

The many issues related to data storage in the Oil & Gas industry can be demanding.  Nevertheless, with the appropriate equipment and the right partner, companies in the industry can improve efficiency and ROI across many application areas and gain a competitive advantage.  AMAX supplies the advanced data storage solutions that help reduce complex seismic processing cycle times and increase job throughput.

AMAX will exhibit at the upcoming SEG Annual Meeting 2011 starting this Sunday, September 18th – 23rd at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, TX at booth # 3436. We will be showcasing our unique line of best-of-breed, high performance GPU Computing and Storage solutions fitted for intense computational applications that is a must-have for today’s oil & gas industries for more efficient use of resources, faster real-time data access and more accurate imaging giving companies the edge in discovery that could potentially be worth billions.

For more information about AMAX solutions for Oil & Gas exploration, please visit www.amax.com or send your inquiry to sales@amax.com and an AMAX solutions architect will further assist you.

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The Challenge

As the search for Oil & Gas becomes increasingly complex and expensive, companies are dependent on the most powerful and cutting edge technologies driving 3D Seismic Imaging to accurately evaluate subsurface conditions, determine the geological structure of the ground, and minimize failed drilling of deep wells in a fiercely competitive industry where the fastest discovery  can be worth billions.

The competitive edge in Seismic Imaging is dependent on massive computational power and efficiency, which traditionally means the purchase of expensive equipment and excessive operational costs. The imaging of intricate geological areas is a monumental task, easily involving multiple terabytes upon terabytes of complex data and severe capital investments.

The Solution

AMAX, a pioneer in the High-Performance Computing (HPC) and GPU space, understands that discovery is revenue, and for oil & gas companies, the win goes to companies who can process massive sets of data in the least amount of time with the highest amount of accuracy. AMAX developed a comprehensive line of solutions based on Nvidia’s powerful, massively parallel Tesla GPUs, to tackle these larger, increasingly complex problems, exponentially outperforming traditional CPU-based systems using fewer systems, leading to lower operational costs, using 40% less power than traditional computing technologies.

Extensively-tested to ensure optimum thermal levels in extreme conditions and engineered using the highest level of quality manufacturing, AMAX GPU tower workstations, rackmount servers and powerful turnkey clusters are configured to drive unparalleled compute performance for computationally-intensive Seismic Imaging software such as Kirchhoff Time and Depth Migration (KTM, KDM), Wave Equation Migration (WEM), Spectral Inversion and Reverse Time Migration (RTM).

Using only two GPUs working in parallel, compared to two current-generation CPUs, companies can realize up to a 10x improvement in compute performance, and nearly a 5x efficiency improvement on performance / watt.

This substantial increase in ROI is further compounded as you continue to scale, with clusters potentially featuring hundreds to thousands of GPUs, shattering the barrier of discovery.

For companies interested in gaining an industry advantage with GPU technology but whose applications are not currently compatible with CUDA language, AMAX Professional Services has you covered to make this transition quick and painless. With Nvidia CUDA-certified programmers and experts in house, AMAX can retool and optimize your application code into CUDA-compatible language so you can quickly harness GPU technology to power your breakthroughs.

The Impact

In the race to discovery potentially worth billions, you need the fastest technology with the most powerful engine. The sheer dynamic computing power of AMAX’s High Performance GPU Solutions dominates Oil & Gas applications with dramatic increases in speed and accuracy for 3D Seismic Depth Imaging, allowing drillers to assertively proceed in areas previously obscured by unclear seismic data, and be able to make this determination at a rate of up to 5-600x faster. If you can process the data faster, you can find the oil faster, you can make billions faster. You have the competitive edge. That’s the AMAX advantage.

AMAX will exhibit at the upcoming SEG Annual Meeting 2011 starting this Sunday, September 18th – 23rd at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, TX at booth # 3436.  We will be showcasing our unique line of best-of-breed, high performance GPU Computing and Storage solutions fitted for intense computational applications that is a must-have for today’s oil & gas industries for more efficient use of resources, faster real-time data access and more accurate imaging giving companies the edge in discovery that could potentially be worth billions.

For more information about AMAX solutions for Oil & Gas exploration, please visit www.amax.com or send your inquiry to sales@amax.com, and an AMAX solutions architect will further assist you.

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