Seismic Research at University of Houston

What do video games and seismic explorations have in common? Both require very demanding computer applications that call for the ability to process massive quantities of data rapidly. Using computer technology originally co-designed by IBM for video-game consoles, University of Houston seismic researchers are employing this extremely fast technology to more effectively target oil reserves.

Originally designed for use in consumer-based computer entertainment products such as the Sony PlayStation3, the Cell/B.E. processor is not limited to game systems and delivers supercomputing performance on a single chip through the architecture of the Cell Synergistic Processor Unit (SPU) for data-intensive processing like that found in cryptography, media, matrix operations and certain scientific applications.

IBM is supporting the UH Mission-Oriented Seismic Research Program (M-OSRP) and its petroleum industry sponsors with a Cell Broadband Engine (Cell/B.E.) system that represents a new generation of powerful supercomputers with substantial parallelism built in at the core level. Such highly parallel computing technology is characterized by multiple processors executing and analyzing different types of data at once.

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ReBurn4140d ago (Edited 4140d ago )

Does this mean that in addition to curing cancer the PS3 also prevents earthquakes?

Scratch looks like it is going to find more oil and solve the world's energy crisis.

ShiftyLookingCow4140d ago

its a pretty good number cruncher.

ShiftyLookingCow4140d ago

I wish they would give more info but still very interesting stuff.

ReBurn4140d ago

The story has been changed to a link with more information. Very interesting stuff.

ShiftyLookingCow4139d ago

nice, thanks for the link with more info.

MikeGdaGod4140d ago

PS3 will save the world!!!