Seismic Analysis is used to build subsurface models in order to make decisions in hydrocarbon exploration and production. The most common practice in Seismic Analysis is called Wide Area Azimuth (WAZ). A vibration or sound wave is bounced off rock layers and differing physical properties of geological structures are recorded. The data capture is then processed into a visual mapping of the geological area. There are 2 types of WAZ that then can offer even greater resolutions of this data, Multi-Azimuth (MAZ) and Rich- Azimuth (RAZ). The results are then analyzed and converted into post-stack data. The post-stack data can then be rendered into 3D seismic volume maps using highly intensive algorithms to identify natural resources.
High Performance Computing utilizes highly scalable systems capable of running compute intensive reverse time algorithms that turn seismic data into 3D maps. The 3D rendering utilizes large amounts of memory for efficient processing, significant processor power and large amounts of storage space (some data sets exceed 100TB) to generate high resolution 3D sub surface maps. NSG utilizes chassis based systems in this environment since they provide increased cooling, lower power consumption, easier manageability and a lower total cost of ownership (TCO).
Small and medium E & P companies have found that they are at a distinct competitive disadvantage in trying to analyze seismic data without the proper tools and systems. High performance clusters were out of the reach of most of these companies in the past due to cost. SMB companies can now invest in a modestly priced system that is scaled to their level and requirements due to advances in technology, scalability and lower entry cost.
NSG specializes in providing 2 – 64 node clusters for the SMB market and can design a system that offers you the best value for your budget. NSG solutions are based on tier one manufacturers like Hewlett Packard and Hitachi.