3D seismic analysis software and services provider ffA has introduced the latest version of its flagship product SVI Pro utilising a graphics processing unit (GPU) for 3D seismic analysis. Working in partnership with Nvidia, ffA has ported its SVI Pro 2009 application to harness the parallel architecture of Nvidia Tesla GPUs, achieving workflow speed-ups of more than 35 times.

In today's oil and gas industry, 3D seismic data is a primary source of the subsurface information necessary for successful hydrocarbon exploration and production. Traditional seismic interpretation workflows are labour intensive, lengthy and use only a fraction of the information available within the 3D seismic image. With ffA's 3D seismic analysis software, geoscientists can more completely and accurately access the information within their data, improving accuracy and significantly reducing interpretation times.

The productivity gains from using SVI Pro are made even larger through GPU-based acceleration, allowing complex analysis of thousands of square kilometres of seismic data to be carried out on desktop workstations in days rather than weeks or months. 

Over the past 10 months, ffA has been working with Nvidia to port its SVI Pro application to the Cuda architecture and to date around 30 per cent of the processes in SVI Pro are GPU accelerated.

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