Open Source Technologies Deliver Ten-Fold Improvement in Processing Time for
Leading Petroleum Firm
São Paulo, 16 July 2004. - Petrobras, Brazil's largest company and one of
the largest oil companies in the world, has chosen a Linux-based Grid
comprised of IBM eServer BladeCenter systems to speed deep-sea oil
exploration in the state of Espirito Santo. This is the largest cluster of
Blade Servers implemented by IBM Brazil and one of the largest in Latin
The new Grid has already delivered a significant improvement in processing
power and performance for Petrobras, while dramatically reducing floor
space. Comprised of 18 IBM BladeCenter systems holding a total of 252
Bladeservers, the entire system occupies only three racks (each containing
84 blades), less than half the space required by similar, competitive
"Petrobras discovered that IBM's solution offers the best technological
features and price," remarked Anicelso Bissoli, the IT services coordinator
for Petrobras in the state of Espirito Santo. "The results have considerably
exceeded our expectations. We have already obtained figures from the users
themselves, which show there has been a ten-fold reduction in processing
time following the introduction of the new solution."
The servers also come equipped with IBM Director software, which manages the
entire system, enhancing performance and reliability.
According to Francisco Marcondes, IBM Brazil System Sales executive, "The
challenge faced by Petrobras is to minimize the risk of coming up empty when
drilling for gas or oil. With this high performance infrastructure, the
gathering of data and mapping of a particular region can be done much faster
and much more accurately, diminishing that risk. Another reason Petrobras
chose the IBM solution is the fact that the Blades use applications that run
on the Linux platform, an important factor for them."
Deep-sea oil exploration is a highly complex operation that entails
radiography of the soil, and analysis and interpretation of information to
determine the best locations for drilling for oil or gas. "The seismic
process considerably reduces the margin of error when identifying the area
to be drilled", asserts Bissoli.
IBM Solution Details
- 18 BladeCenter systems, each containing 14 blades, totaling 252 nodes
- Software: IBM Director - Premium Edition
- Operating System: Linux - Red Hat 7.3
- Solution: High Performance Cluster (HPC) for seismic exploration, using
Landmark SW (Promax)
Information about the Petrobras unit in Espirito Santo Petrobras is one of
the largest companies in Brazil and one of the largest oil companies in the
world. The company operates in the oil, gas and energy sectors. In 2003,
Petrobras posted net profits of BRL 17.7 billion. The company is renowned in
the oil industry for its development of deep-sea technology. At the
Petrobras unit in Espirito Santo, the company produces
42 thousand barrels of oil and 1,200,000 cubic meters of gas annually, and
employs approximately 2,000 people.
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