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Total Relies on High Performance Computing with SGI and SUSE As new oil and gas reserves become more elusive, companies like Total rely increasingly on high performance computing (HPC) to find opportunities in an ocean of seismic data. With SUSE Linux Enterprise Server as the operating system for its new SGI supercomputer, Total now has an optimal combination of performance, price and efficiency. The solution – called “Pangea” – delivers 10 times the computing capacity of the system it replaced, helping Total identify and exploit new reserves more effectively. “We clearly saw that the price-performance of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server on the SGI platform was better than the competing OS options,” said Diego Klahr, HPC engineer at Total E&P. “And from our point of view, SGI plus SUSE Linux Enterprise Server was a complete, integrated solution.” Operating in 130 countries, Total is the fifth-largest publicly traded integrated oil and gas company. In addition to downstream activities in refining, marketing, trading and shipping of crude oil and petroleum products, Total has upstream exploration and production capabilities in more than 50 countries. The challenge for Total Exploration & Production (Total E&P) is to continually improve its ability to locate new reserves and cost effectively bring them into production. This process depends heavily on the computer-aided analysis and visualization of huge sets of seismic data, which is gathered by generating waves of vibration and measuring how hidden geological structures reflect them. To discover and exploit smaller and less accessible reserves, Total E&P set out to improve the resolution of its visualizations, which meant significantly increasing the computing power at its disposal. Total E&P selected SGI to build the new Pangea supercomputer based on the SGI ICE X High Performance Computing platform, including innovative M-Cell water cooling. “Pangea is an extremely powerful solution for running numerical models in support of three-dimensional visualizations of subterranean geological formations,” Klahr said. “Using the system, we can run 10 times the number of simulations we run with our previous supercomputer, helping us to identify potential deposits and determine the best extraction methods more easily.” The combination of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server with SGI hardware, cluster management software and deployment services has given Total E&P a supercomputer that is both powerful and highly efficient. The SUSE Linux Enterprise Server operating system provides a fast and stable platform for Total E&P’s specialized applications, and its small footprint helps to maximize performance by minimizing overhead on the Xeon processors.

LyondellBasell Introduces New Hostalen RESIST Grade for Gas Distribution Piping Systems LyondellBasell announced the addition of Hostalen CRP 100 RESIST CR Orange to its comprehensive portfolio of high density polyethylene (HDPE) resins for pipe applications. This new RESIST grade is used by customers in non-conventional pipe installation methods, such as no-dig or sand bed free installation for gas distribution piping systems. “This new grade fulfills the material requirements of the Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 1075:2009-04, which defines properties and requirements for PE piping for alternative installation methods“, said Detlef Schramm, polyethylene pipe marketing manager for LyondellBasell. “The quality control and safety levels described by this PAS define a useful service life of at least 100 years for this type of material, including higher resistance properties“. Outstanding stress crack resistance Hostalen CRP 100 RESIST CR Orange is classified as PE 100-RC and provides outstanding long term hydrostatic strength, which is confirmed by the Exova technical laboratory, the standard method ISO 9080:2003 and the Hessel testing laboratory. This resin has superior resistance to slow crack growth, achieving more than 9,500 hours without failure in the Notched Pipe Pressure Test (NPT) and over 8,760 hours in the Full Notch Creep Test (FNCT). In addition, it provides high safety for installations without sand embedding, with direct back filling or reuse of excavated soil, by ploughing-in or milling, and for no dig installations (such as horizontal drilling or burst lining). Hostalen CRP 100 RESIST CR Orange offers good processing capability with high melt viscosity for extrusion, injection and compression molding. Extensive RESIST portfolio The comprehensive Hostalen RESIST family of grades is produced using LyondellBasell’s Advanced Cascade Process (ACP) technology. In addition to Hostalen CRP 100 RESIST CR Orange, these HDPE resins are also selected by customers for use in alternative installation methods for pressure pipes, where Hostalen CRP 100 RESIST CR Black is preferred, and for drinking water pipes, where Hostalen CRP 100 RESIST CR W Blue is used.


OGI Autumn 2014  
OGI Autumn 2014