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Wednesday, March 15 • 4:40pm - 5:00pm
Facilities, Infrastructure & Networking: A Case Study of the Impact of System Profiling in a Seismic Processing Data Center

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An effort began three years ago to profile various types of equipment in CGG’s Houston data center to better understand the composite workload. This paper gives an overview of the effort as well as specific examples of how it has led to improved equipment selection. The paper begins with a sketch of the Houston data center and the main types of equipment. Two types of storage system profiles are covered followed by two types of GPU system profiles. The study concludes with two types of CPU workload profiles. In each of the subsystem categories the profiling effort has resulted in improved equipment selection (HW), improved utilization, or deployment of new technologies. In most of these cases profiling has resulted in an increase of Performance/$ by 25% or more. A common theme of these improvements is to shift the data center design point from “+3 standard deviations” to “+1 standard deviation” with respect to workload requirements.

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Keith Gray

Manager, High Performance Computing, BP
Keith Gray is Manager of High Performance Computing for BP. The HPC Team supports the computing requirements for BP’s Advanced Seismic Imaging Research efforts. This team supports one of the largest Linux Clusters dedicated to research in Oil and Gas. Mr. Gray graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in geophysics, and has worked for BP and Amoco since 1985. He was listed in HPCWire’s People to Watch 2006.


Wednesday March 15, 2017 4:40pm - 5:00pm
Room 103 BRC

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