Continuing computing challenges

The spotlight shines on the many advances made in handling terabytes of 3D seismic and other oil field data and manipulating it almost instantaneously in visualization centers or remotely from worldwide locations to determine the best site and way for drilling for and producing oil and gas.As a gauge for the tremendous size of a terabyte, 20 terabytes can hold the information contained in the 20 million books, not counting pictures, in the US Library of Congress, and 1 terabyte can hold the information in 1,000 copies of the Encyclopedia Britannica.To handle these swelling data volumes are such technologies that involve sophisticated algorithms, better data archiving, portals for bridging...

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