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Magma brings computing to exploration in Latin America

Oilfield Technology,

Magma, manufacturer of PCI and PCIe expansion computing solutions, announced that it is expanding access to its solutions for oil and gas exploration to Mexico and Central and South America.

The suite of solutions includes high-performance expansion chassis designed to transform traditional workstations into high-performance computers capable of reducing exploration modelling times from weeks to hours.

Among the solutions most sought after by oil and gas customers is Magma’s recently released ExpressBox 3600 Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) expansion system. The EB3600 is targeted for applications in the High Performance Computing (HPC) market, with the capacity to handle the massive amounts of data processed with the modeling phases of the oil and gas industry. Featuring PCIe Gen 3 connectivity, the EB3600 is equipped with 9-PCIe X16 slots capable of running up to eight high-performance NVIDIA® Tesla® GPU accelerators simultaneously.

Magma is working with other companies in the industry to address prevalent issues within oil and gas exploration modeling. To this end, Lenovo, NVIDIA, Magma and Hue have created a visualisation technology for exploration geophysics. This new high-performance computing solution renders massive amounts of visualisation data in seconds, minimising delays and transforming the way geophysicists process seismic data. Delivering a 64-bit optimised environment, the solution analyses terabytes and even petabytes of data in seconds, enabling geophysicists to execute complex algorithms quickly in a seamless workflow.

“The Latin American oil and gas exploration industry has been waiting for this kind of high-performance technology for years,” said Tim Miller, President of Magma. “We understand from key contacts within the industry that our suite of solutions has the potential to change the way seismic data is managed and analysed, and represents a significant shift in the industry.”

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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