CGG buys IBM PowerPC supercomputer

Geophysical company renews compute hardware on two year cycle—113 teraflop peak announced.

French geophysical contractor Compagnie Générale de Géophysique (CGG) is to deploy IBM BladeCenter JS21 clusters at its data processing centers in France, London, Kuala Lumpur and Houston. CGG expects it total compute bandwidth to grow to a theoretical peak of 113 teraflops. The supercomputers will be used to speed CGG’s seismic imaging effort.

Power PC

The Power PC-based supercomputers leverage IBM’s new BladeCenter JS21 systems. Initially, CGG has expanded its facilities by deploying some 2,800 JS21 nodes, comprising dual-core PowerPC 970MP 2.5 GHz processors with a 1MB L2 cache per core, in 200 BladeCenter H chassis. CGG’s Geocluster seismic processing package has been optimized for the VMX vector accelerator in the JS21.


CGG VP Guillaume Cambois said, ‘Technology is our number one ally and we renew our calculating capabilities every 24 months. BladeCenters will increase our calculating power and provide clients with more accurate, faster imaging.’

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