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Old 01-Jul-2008, 17:12   #1
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Default Cell Processor Helps Repsol Find Deep Oil (Update 1)

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?p...=latin_america

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Repsol YPF SA, Spain's largest oil company, is using chips that International Business Machines Corp. designed for video-game consoles to find oil in deep water as much as six times faster.

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``Seventy-five percent of reserves are underwater and there are significant barriers because it is very hard to predict rock structures,'' said Srini Chari, an analyst with New York-based Cabot Partners, a research firm. The IBM technology lets companies survey regions that weren't accessible before, he said.

Working with the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Repsol is using so-called reverse time migration, a technique for mapping subsurface rock structures, to study the Gulf of Mexico.

EDIT: Argh... copied the title and then realized that it should read "Cell Processor Help Repsol Find Deep Oil (Update 1)" (Mods, help !)
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Old 01-Jul-2008, 19:47   #2
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Cool.

"PowerXCell 8i " - Is that some fancy name for the regular 8SPE+1PPE configuration?
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Old 01-Jul-2008, 21:26   #3
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This one: http://www.beyond3d.com/content/news/640
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Cool.

"PowerXCell 8i " - Is that some fancy name for the regular 8SPE+1PPE configuration?
No, it indicates the DP enhanced variant... each SPE can now execute DP FP operations at a much higher throughput than before (now only only 0.5 so you get 25 .6 SP GFLOPS per SPE and 12.8 DP GFLOPS per SPE).

http://www-03.ibm.com/technology/cel...ay2008_pub.pdf
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Old 02-Jul-2008, 04:16   #5
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@Alstrong - What's the PowerXCell 8i?

Great to see a big name putting the architecture to work in oil exploration. This gives us now some decent wins in several of the industries IBM is targeting with the architecture. Que bueno!
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Old 02-Jul-2008, 18:38   #6
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Cell has struck oil! Okay...not so much but it's nice to see another serious application of the Cell processor.
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