Paradigm آ‘Super Computerآ’ for ONGC

Vol 4, PW 24 (17 Jan 01) Exploration & Production

Paradigm Geophysical usually hides the fact it's an Israeli company.

Luckily, relations between Tel Aviv and Delhi are good, so India is one country Paradigm can afford to play up its Jewish origins. Paradigm is responsible for giving ONGC the most powerful computer this country has ever seen.

On 27th January ONGC inaugurates a new seismic data processing centre conceived and constructed by Paradigm at its GEOPIC data processing division at Dehra Dun. Petrowatch learns this 20 CPU silicon graphics IBM operated computer suite can operate at a staggering 12,000 million theoretical operations per second, making it the most powerful computer in the land - a record previously held by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing at Pune, where India's self-proclaimed 'Super-Computer', PARAM, operates at a speed of 10,000 million theoretical operations per second.

Paradigm was awarded the $10.5m contract in January 1999 against bids from Landmark, Western Geophysical, Compagnie Generale de Geophysique, and PGS Reservoir. Its ONGC deal includes free on site maintenance for a year.

Negotiations are underway to extend this to three years. US sanctions against India briefly delayed construction ofthe computer suite, which took 5 months to build.

When awarded, the GEOPIC contract was Paradigm's first contract in India. It has since reprocessed Neelam data for ONGC at Perth and has done some work for Cairn and Hardy.