Supercomputers may help oil companies

Oct 10, 2005

Ohio State University scientists say oil companies may soon be using supercomputers to solve problems such as how to fight oil spills.

For decades, the industry has used computers to maximize profit and minimize environmental impact, explained Tahsin Kurc, assistant professor of biomedical informatics at Ohio State University.

Typically, companies take seismic measurements of an oil reservoir and simulate drilling scenarios on a local computer. But Kurc and colleagues are developing a software system to allow supercomputers at different locations to share workload.

Kurc says the system runs simulations faster and in much greater detail, allowing analysis of very large amounts of data.

Kurc and his colleagues are enabling technologies to distribute data to supercomputers at different institutions. In a recent issue of the journal Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience, they described a software program they developed called DataCutter that assigns data analysis tasks among networked computer systems.

The project is part of a larger collaboration with researchers at the University of Texas at Austin, Oregon State University, University of Maryland, and Rutgers University.

Copyright 2005 by United Press International

Explore further: Hackers of Oman news agency target Bouteflika

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Large streams of data warn cars, banks and oil drillers

Apr 16, 2014

Better warning systems that alert motorists to a collision, make banks aware of the risk of losses on bad customers, and tell oil companies about potential problems with new drilling. This is the aim of AMIDST, the EU project ...

Hard cold work and unsung science heroes

Oct 21, 2013

The Sierra went down over the Arctic Ocean, about 60 miles from the northernmost tip of North America. One moment the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with its 20-foot wingspan was up in the sky, gathering ...

Recommended for you

Hackers of Oman news agency target Bouteflika

2 hours ago

Hackers on Sunday targeted the website of Oman's official news agency, singling out and mocking Algeria's newly re-elected president Abdelaziz Bouteflika as a handicapped "dictator".

Ex-Apple chief plans mobile phone for India

19 hours ago

Former Apple chief executive John Sculley, whose marketing skills helped bring the personal computer to desktops worldwide, says he plans to launch a mobile phone in India to exploit its still largely untapped ...

Health care site flagged in Heartbleed review

Apr 19, 2014

People with accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the ...

User comments : 0

More news stories

Hackers of Oman news agency target Bouteflika

Hackers on Sunday targeted the website of Oman's official news agency, singling out and mocking Algeria's newly re-elected president Abdelaziz Bouteflika as a handicapped "dictator".

Ex-Apple chief plans mobile phone for India

Former Apple chief executive John Sculley, whose marketing skills helped bring the personal computer to desktops worldwide, says he plans to launch a mobile phone in India to exploit its still largely untapped ...