Fuel firm enlists Linux supercomputer

U.K.-based petroleum giant WesternGeco will use an IBM Linux supercomputer for its seismic imaging applications.

The 512-processor system comprises 256 clustered IBM eServer xSeries systems, all running Linux and based on Intel's 1-GHz Pentium III processors.

The system will allow WesternGeco to create detailed 3-D maps of hidden oil and gas reservoirs in about half the time it currently takes with other systems, according to IBM.

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