Gaming technology helps finding oil
September 29th, 2007

With the help of an IBM supercomputer, University of Houston (UH) seismic researchers are using video game technology to help them more effectively target oil reserves. IBM has installed a Cell Broadband Engine (Cell/B.E.) system ‘that represents a new generation of powerful supercomputers with substantial parallelism built in at the core level.’ The Cell chip, which was developed by IBM, Sony and Toshiba, was originally designed for products such as the Sony PlayStation3. But it also can deliver supercomputing performance for data-intensive processing like seismic exploration. And according to UH, the Cell chip could soon have 34 core units instead of 9 today. But this not confirmed by other sources, so let’s wait to see if there is some truth behind this rumor.

Links: ZDNet, Primidi

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