SAN ANTONIO, Texas –Acceleware Corp. demonstrated its system to accelerate a Kirchhoff Pre-stack Time Migration by applying software designed to take advantage of NVIDIA's Tesla graphic processing unit at the Society of Exploration Geophysicists annual meeting in San Antonio.
The product roll-out of the system is expected to come before year end following on-going field trials.
According to Acceleware, the result processes seismic data eight times faster than on standard computing platforms. Acceleware also provides certification that the system will work with an existing computer to give quality results without disrupting existing IT operations.
The key to the system is that the software takes advantage of the GPU's inherent advantage in floating point operations compared to a CPU. The GPU can simultaneously use 128 channels concurrently rather than one-at-a-time. The software manages the flow to optimize the Kirchhoff processing. The GPU can process 25 times faster than a CPU in this type of application, said Acceleware.
Acceleware has worked with accelerating electromagnetic modeling for the past two years and is moving that experience into the seismic arena.