In these days of high-energy demand, IT as a part of an oil industry is providing enabler tools and supports for day-to-day decision-making and operations. Geo-computing has found new challenges: to be faster, more precise and more economic. In IT perspective these corporate requirements meet a market phenomenon: Linux, an open system operation that can run on a great range of computing infrastructure platforms. This Linux evolutionary shifts proprietary Unix, which already sits on the throne of geo-computing for a decade. Managing the infrastructure life cycle to suite company requirements with the market proven computing and software technology is IT role to add competitive value for its company. Especially on Reservoir Simulation domain, the strategy to choose Linux cluster from other platforms proofs immediate opportunity saving on procurement and gives significant positive result on the operation.
Using the best practices across corporate business units, implementing appropriate processes, and taking advantage from other industry achievements are the strategies to manage the geo-computing infrastructure. At the other hand by using same operating system on several computing platforms, from desktops to big computing clusters or database servers, the organization will gain another economic advantage on the TCO of the infrastructure. On the other side, reservoir engineers as main users of Linux cluster infrastructures develops new behavior on utilizing Linux infrastructure, how to share, how to work together with IT to optimize the infrastructure, and provide feedback to make future plan.
Some key effects of the transition to Linux are: faster processing time, smooth shifting from Unix including minimal investment on user training, vast support from Geo-computing software vendors, and requirement of more hard disk space to accommodate faster and better computing devices.
Author : Wijaya