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    Petrobras turns to Linux, Grid and IBM Bladecenter to Speed Oil Exploration
    Friday July 16 2004 @ 02:14PM EDT

    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 America.

    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 systems.

    "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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