PGS Opens Seismic Data Processing Center in Rio de Janeiro

Petroleum Geo-Services has opened a major new Seismic Data Processing Center in Rio de Janeiro. With this center, PGS will be the only seismic contractor able to provide an in-country solution for large-scale projects, many of which require the enhanced subsurface imaging afforded by compute intensive applications such as Pre-Stack Time Migration and Pre-Stack Depth Migration.

The technology infrastructure of the new PGS center, comprised of 519 IBM eServer xSeries 335s, was provided by IBM Brazil and it is currently one of the largest supercomputing clusters running the Linux operating system in South America. The center is comprised of 1024 Intel Xeon processors that deliver 6 tflops of compute capacity, a holoSeis visualization system and a dedicated link to all of PGS' R&D and support resources at our Houston Hub Center.

"The Rio Center is a significant additional component to our service portfolio for Brazil," said Mark Wilkinson, President of PGS' Marine Geophysical NSA business unit. "This center will allow domestic and foreign operators to tap into the expertise of PGS geoscientists to maximize the value of producing or marginal assets as well as the opportunity to fully evaluate the exploration potential of a given area." Mark added, "Providing these services in country also has the added benefits of allowing processing projects to be managed without leaving the country and satisfying local content commitments."

"IBM is pleased to partner with PGS and to provide them with a leading-edge infrastructure for seismic processing that will accelerate the adoption of high performance computing in the region," said Marcelo Braunstein, Manager of Linux Solutions for IBM Latin America. "Our solution combines parallel processing with an excellent price/performance ratio, which is characteristic of Linux-based systems. This will certainly ensure a competitive advantage for PGS."