IBM Supercomputer to Help Compagnie Générale de Géophysique (CGG) Boost Computing and Processing Capacity

CGG to Deploy BladeCenter JS21 at Its Data Processing Centers

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PARIS, FRANCE - 02 Jun 2006: IBM announced today the deployment of Europe's most powerful seismic supercomputer at Compagnie Générale de Géophysique (CGG), one of the world leaders in geophysical services. CGG will use the system to respond to growing demand in the petroleum industry around the world.

To address these demands, CGG is seeking a way to significantly reduce its processing times from the moment the geophysical data is collected to the point when it is interpreted in the form of seismic imaging. These new clusters, based on the dual-core IBM BladeCenter® JS21, will also allow CGG to boost its worldwide computing capacity to a maximum of 113 teraflops (RPeak). The system will allow CGG unprecedented ability to respond to the extremely high performance requirements of the oil industry.

The Power Architecture based supercomputer is the first major implementation of the new generation advanced BladeCenter JS21 systems.

This acquisition of the cutting edge JS21 supercomputer is part of CGG's ongoing commitment to continually improve its performance and thus respond to the demands of a highly competitive market by optimizing the quality and speed of processing in specific applications. The new system is being deployed at the company's premises in Massy (France), London, Kuala Lumpur and Houston, Texas.

As a first step, CGG expanded its facilities by deploying over 2800 JS21 nodes, each node comprised of the latest dual-core PowerPC® 970MP processor, in conjunction with over 200 BladeCenter H high-speed chassis. This combination allowed CGG to enjoy maximum performance in the blade while enabling future performance enhancements through the chassis.

Using Geocluster, CGG's application software optimized for the VMX vector accelerator in the JS21, CGG's new high-performance clusters will dramatically improve calculations, reducing the processing time for seismic data while delivering better image quality and significantly improving oil field management for the oil companies.

"We have always seen technology as our number one ally. It's thanks at least in part to technology that we're able to improve our speed and efficiency and therefore conquer new markets," says Guillaume Cambois, Vice-President of Data Processing & Reservoir at CGG. "To maintain our competitive edge, we renew our calculating capabilities every 24 months. That's why we're constantly on the look-out for the most innovative, high-performance technology and listen to what manufacturers have to tell us. This new infrastructure, based on the IBM BladeCenter JS21, will enable us to increase our calculating power even further and provide our clients with even more accurate images within a shorter timeframe."

"We have a great deal of expertise in scientific calculations, and we are proud of the confidence that CGG has placed in us once again in its effort to continually improve performance and competitiveness," says Nicolas Sekkaki, Vice-President of the IBM Systems Technology Group France & NWA. "It's thanks to companies like CGG, with their passion for innovation, that our offerings evolve in terms of their technology and design. We are more than ever living in an age where innovation comes about through use."

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