March 12, 2007

Partnership to provide computing services

CyrusOne, Houston, and Appro International Inc., Milpitas, Calif., have formed a partnership to provide secure, reliable, high performance computing, or flexible computing services to the industry.

Combining Appro’s advanced blade technology with CyrusOne’s flexible computing service, customers can perform reservoir modeling, seismic processing, and run simulations during times of high demand.

The partnership provides customers with scalable, cost-effective solutions. Using on-demand computing services, customers can immediately begin interpreting seismic data without investing capital into hardware or data center floor space.

Source: CyrusOne, 4201 Southwest Freeway, Houston, 77027.

New natural gas flow computer works fast

The new AutoEXEC multirun flow computer measures and controls the flow of natural gas products on 32 lines simultaneously and calculates flow rate at 10 times/sec.

The unit is powered by the 32-bit Free- scale Coldfire processor, which calculates at 300 million instructions/sec to solve complicated mathematical equations rapidly and accurately. In addition to speed and expandability, the AutoEXEC is simple to operate and requires no programming. Optional devices, or input-output, can be turned on or off and are as simple to operate as a switch. The flow computer also features a customizable default configuration that enables measurement to begin upon the system receiving power.

Source: Thermo Electron Corp., 81 Wyman St., Waltham, MA 02454.

New laser aids seismic surveys

The new AG-1 distributed feedback laser implements its company’s patent-pending multivariable control system (MVCS) for dynamic signal feedback in seismic servey operations.

The laser with MVCS incorporates multiple feedback loops to deliver an effective line width of 10-400 kHz and frequency stability of ±5 MHz. Its narrow line width offers high signal coherency for accurate measurements over long distances. The AG-1 is tunable across C&L bands with a tuning range of 3 nm and a minimum step size of 0.5 pm. In systems that operate at multiple wavelengths, the tunable AG-1 reduces overall system cost because a 1:1 sparing ratio is not required-also facilitating support logistics.

The laser provides a solution for a new generation of fiber-optic seismic survey systems being deployed to map the earth’s subsurface, using interferometric interrogation techniques. The laser features coherency over long distances, and can be used in harsh undersea or downhole applications. It needs no costly isolation for accurate measurements, and it is capable of reading twice the number of sensors previously possible.

Source: Sabeus Inc., 26610 Agoura Road, Suite 100, Calabasas, CA 91302.