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Wednesday, March 2 • 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Disruptive Technology 6: Solving the Oil & Gas Dilemma with Burst Buffer

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The largest compute systems in Oil and Gas have become nearly 20 times faster over the past five years, which means there is a growing performance gap between compute and I/O that poses a threat to scaling performance to Exascale levels. Traditional architectures are further accelerating IO bottlenecks. Increasingly leading Oil and Gas companies are looking at Burst Buffer based architectures that eliminate the IO bottlenecks. By buffering and aligning I/O, a Burst Buffer can drive a parallel file system at close to max hardware speeds and sustain peak workload performance requirements, making it a logical fit for extreme scale Oil & Gas applications. Most importantly, Burst Buffers have demonstrated unprecedented acceleration for key oil and gas codes like Reverse Time Migration, by accelerating RTM by 300% without any code modifications.

In this presentation, we will discuss the motivations for using a Burst Buffer, provide an overview of recent results achieved on production Reverse Time Migration (RTM) , and discuss how this relates to important Oil and Gas applications. Furthermore, we will explain why Oil & Gas is likely to be the first commercial sector to achieve Exascale computing by leveraging a Burst Buffer approach.


Robert McMillen

McMillen is a senior system architect at DDN where he works out of the office of the CTO to analyze the data flow of key applications to identify opportunities to optimize the company's products. He has extensive experience in inventing (21 patents issued), developing, and managing the creation of innovative products based on computer technology. This has spanned applications from high performance parallel processing database computer hardware... Read More →

Wednesday March 2, 2016 2:30pm - 3:00pm
BioScience Research Collaborative Building (BRC), Room 103

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