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February 28th, 2013
DownUnder GeoSolutions Selects SGI to Advance Exploration and Production for the Oil and Gas Industry

DownUnder GeoSolutions is a Perth-based service provider to the oil andgas industry. While being a 100 percent Australian-owned company, it is a truly global enterprise with offices in Perth, Brisbane, KualaLumpur, Jakarta, Singapore, London and Houston. SGI has been providing HPC resources to DownUnder GeoSolutions from its inception in December 2003, and the company has been expanding its operations and footprint substantially since then. DownUnder GeoSolutions is now a recognised leader globally in geosciences services. Its portfolio includes a software suite for data interpretation and analysis, along with a range of professional services.

“Our business relies on being able to process significant amounts ofour client’s data, fast,” said Matt Lamont, Managing Director of DownUnder GeoSolutions. “The new SGI server technology considerably increases our memory capacity as well as increases the efficiency of our algorithms. Our processing speed is as much as 30 percent faster.”

DownUnder GeoSolutions assists its clients to vastly improveinvestments and operations. By using unique software tools andalgorithms, DownUnder GeoSolutions improves interpretation of clients’data resulting in more accurate drilling. DownUnder GeoSolutionsapplies an integrated services and software approach across seismicdata processing, depth imaging, and quantitative interpretationservices that include modelling, rock physics, various inversionapproaches and algorithms and probabilistic lithology and fluidprediction.

The current SGI configuration across DownUnder GeoSolutions’ datacentres produces approximately 330 teraflops of compute power. SGI(R)Rackable(R) servers with tens of thousands of processor cores aredeployed, making it equivalent in power to some of the biggestsupercomputers in the world. Servers are running the latest Intel(R)Xeon(R) processor E5 family or the AMD Opteron(R) 6200 Seriesprocessor. Massive data storage capability can support five petabytesof online storage.

The new SGI server technology has reduced floor space requirements inthe data center by delivering greater data processing and storagedensity. Further, DownUnder GeoSolution’s CPU-intensive code runs 20-30percent more efficiently. Energy use of the upgraded servers from SGIis also 10 percent lower and the total cost of ownership of thisinfrastructure over a three-year period expected to be 25 percent lessthan the previous server infrastructure.

“This is another example of SGI’s expertise in solving challenges inthe oil and gas industry. SGI provides the speed and scale necessary tosupport our customers who leverage massive data analysis and Big Datato optimize investments and operations,” said Bill Mannel, vicepresident of Product Marketing, SGI.

About DownUnder GeoSolutions

DownUnder GeoSolutions is an innovative geosciences company whoseproducts are at the cutting edge of exploration and production servicesto the global oil and gas industry. Visit for moreinformation.

About SGI

SGI, the trusted leader in technical computing, is focused on helpingcustomers solve their most demanding business and technologychallenges. Visit for more information.