BOS Seismic Fleet Benefits from IBM's Advanced High-Tech Computers

IBM has delivered advanced high-tech computers to Bergen Oilfield Services for use during seismic surveys. The agreement is valued at $4.65 million.

Bergen Oilfield Services AS has acquired and newly installed three IBM High Performance Computing cluster solutions, including two to be used onboard their vessels BOS Arctic and BOS Angler, for rapid processing of seismic data collected. The third is used by a major land-processing center. The advanced systems include three Intel-cluster solutions consisting of a total of 24 nodes with 192 cores and 160 terabytes of storage.

This first part of the contract was signed this summer and is now already in place. In addition, the company recently purchased an IBM bladeserver HC10 with a CP20-converter, which will run office applications at sea.

Seismic Processing

The Computer Cluster solution will be used to process the seismic data that the boats collect. This data form the basis for 3D visualization process, also called "Deep Computing Visualization," which creates three-dimensional images of the areas on and under the seabed. Based on these images geologists can calculate where you have the greatest chance of finding oil and gas.

"IBM's high performance computing solutions are ideal for fast processing of large amounts of seismic data, and supports open source applications based on Linux, which is what we run on. We selected a solution from IBM because of price, service and delivery. In addition, we considered this solution as the safest in terms of quality of processors and disc technology,"said John Ege who is Vice President Data Processing in Bergen Oilfield Services AS.

"The oil industry is an important priority area for IBM Norway. For example, we have built up a global center for oil and gas in Stavanger. Therefore, the contracts with clients within the seismic industry is also exciting for us. IBM's high performance solutions have qualities that are adapted to the needs this industry has," said European director of oil and gas division of IBM, Jon Staerkebye.