The Saudi Arabian national oil company oversees a quarter of the world's oil reserves, said Intel, and collects seismic data for analysis using computer intensive software called Prestack Time Migration to make 2D and 3D images of oil and gas reserves.
The cluster of PCs is located at Dharam, HQ of the Saudi government's oil ventures, and Intel said it had helped the firm to program the code using its Fortran for Linux compiler and its Vtune performance software.
That optimisation is continuing, and Intel claimed it had managed to run the application 33 per cent faster on the Pentium III CPUs, with a goal to boost performance by 50 per cent. µ
* JOHN BROWNE, group chief executive of BP PLC, is an Intel director.
'Some of us like the misery'
That'll surely affect its credit score