Exploration and production (E&P) visualization systems use a number of diverse complex data sets and data management tools to aid in collaboration. The areas of computation, rendering and data management must work cohesively for an effective system. There is significantly more to consider than only the actual image that appears on the screen with 3D rendering.
Cluster computing has accelerated the use and functionality of the visualization of seismic results. Software ISV’s have added more features and functionality allow engineers to take advantage of high performance clusters by utilizing multiple cores in processors. Geophysical engineers can now use larger data sets with these systems and generate more detailed maps of an area or formation. An effective system to achieve linear application scalability requires interconnects that provide low latency on each core. The bandwidth must be large enough to handle the data streams since each core shares data with other nodes. A delay in data streams can cause system wait time which decreases system efficiency.
NordStar will work with you to determine each of the requirements below to optimize the cluster based on your requirements.
• Number of servers,
• Number and speed of processors,
• Number of processor cores,
• Memory size and speed,
• Interconnects (1Gb to Infiniband), and
Benchmarking of systems is important in achieving the balance between the functionality of your visualization application and hardware cost. NSG can assist you in the entire process, from design to implementation, to achieve the proper balance between functionality and cost.
NSG specializes in providing 2 – 64 node clusters for the SMB market and can design a system that offers you the best value and return on investment for your budget. NSG solutions are based on tier one manufacturers like Hewlett Packard and Hitachi.