Total Selects Petascale Class SGI Compute and Storage Solution for Oil and Gas Exploration

Total Selects Petascale Class SGI Compute and Storage Solution for Oil and Gas

Supercomputer Solution is the Largest Commercial HPC System on the Planet
Designed to Streamline and Enhance Research Efforts While Reducing Energy

FREMONT, Calif., March 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SGI (Nasdaq:SGI), the
trusted leader in technical computing, today announced that Total has selected
the SGI® ICE™ X High Performance Computing (HPC) system as the platform for
its new supercomputer named "Pangea." Pangea provides the necessary data
processing power for the identification of oil and gas reserves below the
Earth's surface. The massive amount of data the system generates is managed by
the SGI InfiniteStorage ecosystem and the SGI DMF tiered storage
virtualization solution. Pangea is the largest commercial HPC system in the
world^1, giving Total's in-house engineers and geologists an extremely
powerful tool to enable the application of analytical and numerical models
that support the development of three dimensional visualizations of
underground geological formations, key to identifying potential deposits of
oil and gas and to determining optimal extraction methods.

Total's investment in Pangea will enable research scientists to develop more
complete visualizations of seismic landscapes over time, while concurrently
running simulations at 10 times the resolution of existing oil and gas
reservoir models. Ultimately this new research should provide a clearer
picture of what is happening beneath Earth's surface, allowing for more
efficient upstream oil and gas exploration, as well as the discovery of
reserves under more challenging geological conditions.

"Total is committed to leveraging technological innovation and high
performance computing to provide the best response to growing global energy
demand," said Philippe Malzac, CIO Exploration and Production for Total. "The
efficiency of the SGI ICE X system, which represents high computational power
using a minimal amount of energy, gives Total the smallest footprint and
lowest TCO possible. This was a key factor in our selection of SGI ICE X for
the Pangea system."

To achieve an unprecedented level of energy efficiency in a solution of this
scale and class, Total selected an innovative water-cooled SGI ICE X solution
based on its M-Cell design. M-Cells utilize closed-loop airflow and warm-water
cooling to create embedded hot-aisle containment, thereby lowering overall
cooling requirements and significantly reducing overall energy consumption as
compared to traditional HPC designs. Furthermore, by integrating this solution
with a multi-tiered storage environment using SGI storage software and
hardware, the SGI professional services team has ensured that the large data
storage environment is optimized for efficiency as well.

"Total is recognized as being at the forefront of oil and gas exploration
technology and we are proud to be a part of a continuing legacy that will help
the company deliver sustainable production growth in the future," said Jorge
Titinger, president and CEO, SGI. "This is another proof point of SGI's
ability to deliver the differentiated compute and storage technologies that
truly solve Big Data challenges."

Take a virtual tour of SGI ICE X and its innovative cooling technology.

About Total's Pangea Supercomputer

Pangea is based at Total's Jean Feger Scientific and Computing Centre (CSTJF)
in southwest France. It is a 2.3 PFlop system based on the Intel® Xeon®
E5-2670 processor that consists of 110,592 cores and contains 442 terabytes of
memory built on SGI ICE X, the world's fastest distributed memory
supercomputer^2. The data management solution for seven petabytes of storage
includes SGI InfiniteStorage™ 17000 disk arrays, SGI DMF tiered storage
virtualization and a Lustre file system integrated by SGI professional

"HPC has become central to competitiveness in a wide range of industries, none
more than in energy exploration," said Dr. Rajeeb Hazra, Intel VP GM Technical
Computing Group. "The Intel Xeon processors in the SGI ICE X HPC system drives
the performance that is imperative to that competitiveness. We are excited to
be a part of such an important system for energy exploration."

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^1 Based on theoretical peak linpack calculations for Pangea (Rpeak = 2300
Tflops) compared to highest system (Rpeak = 1044 Tflops) posted as an
"Industry" system on the November 2012 Top 500 list.

^2 SGI has submitted a world record SPECmpiL_2007 result of 60.5 (base) for
SGI ICE on the SPEC MPI2007 benchmark. More information on this result is
found here:

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