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GPU Computing used to find oil and gas

Geophysicists in the oil and gas industry are seeking more accurate images of what lies beneath the earth. In order to find what’s been buried for millions of years, Calgary-based OpenGeoSolutions uses a technique called “Spectral Decomposition” specifically to reveal geological information that goes beyond classic seismic resolution and detection. The quality of the data produced by this technique is improved when large regional datasets are processed, but more importantly when that data is “inverted,” allowing it to be translated into real geological structures. On a CPU-based cluster, this process could take anywhere from two hours to several days. In an effort to improve this, the team acquired a workstation equipped with an NVIDIA Tesla C1060 GPU Computing processor, based on the NVIDIA CUDA parallel computing architecture.