Geophysics firm to set up IT hub in Malaysia


  • Business
  • Thursday, 29 May 2003

CGGAP Sdn Bhd, a geophysics company, has decided to deploy IBM Linux Cluster technology for seismic data processing in the Asia-Pacific region from an information technology (IT) hub to be set up in Malaysia. 

CGGAP is a local partner of the multinational Compagnie Generale de Geophysique (CGG) based in France. 

Its managing director Azmi Ismail said in a statement that the business of detailed seismic data processing required technologies that would help the company deliver high quality data within an acceptable timeframe and cost. 

Azmi Ismail (left) exchanging documents with Chong Chee Neo. In the centre is Intel Electronics (M) Sdn Bhd country manager Peter Choong.

“We are happy to work with a leading technology provider like IBM to continually explore innovative ways to improve our efforts,” he said. 

Under the IBM-CGGAP agreement, IBM has provided CGGAP with an additional 256 nodes IBM Linux clusters powered by Intel XeonTM processors. 

This will increase CGGAP capacity to more than 1,000 equivalent PC processors. 

The move is to address CGGAP's ongoing business needs of supplying accurate seismic data to the oil and gas companies operating within the Asia-Pacific region. 

IBM system group country manager Chong Chye Neo said that the IBM eServer XSeries-based Linux clusters were highly scalable. 

She said that the system could be fully adapted to meet the high performance needs of the oil and gas market. 

Chong said that the CGGAP ex-pertise in seismic data processing, combined with IBM and Intel's cost-effective, scalable high performance technology and processing power, would strengthen Malaysia's ability to compete globally. 

Chong said that the partnership would also highlight the country's potential as a preferred location for companies to set up regional hubs. 

According to Chong, the agreement would also see CGGAP becoming the first reference site demonstrating the latest in supercomputing prowess in the energy sector for IBM in Malaysia. – Bernama 

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