IBM PureSystems for Chinese contractor

‘Smarter computing’ solution provides processing speed up to Sichuan Geophysical Company.

Chinese geophysical contractor Sichuan Geophysical Company of Petroleum Administration Bureau (SCGC), a China National Petroleum Corporation unit, has ‘adopted’ IBM PureSystems. IBM’s PureFlex ‘smarter computing solution’ is claimed to speed up its computing seven fold over SCGC’s previous system. SCGC operates in China, Turkmenistan, Pakistan and Ecuador providing services from engineering and geological research, seismic acquisition and down hole services.

SCGC’s Deng Yali said, ‘Exploration can generate a terabyte of data per day and petroleum engineers may devote up to 70% of his or her time mining this data.’ IBM and local partner Sichuan Zhonglu T&T deployed the new solution which (according to the release at least) runs ‘CAD/CAE’ professional software on Flex System x240, PureFlex p750 and IBM’s general parallel file system.

Reading between the lines of a rather obscure release (and obfuscating marketing material) it appears that the system targets principally seismic processing. The PureSystems ‘family’ is claimed to be an alternative to current enterprise computing models, where multiple and disparate systems require ‘significant resources to set up and maintain.’ The ‘Pure’ ecosystem comprises application deployment, data management ‘tuned for cloud computing’ and is capable of consolidating ‘over 100 databases on a single system.’ More from IBM.

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