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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

Mercury Computer Systems and NVIDIA to Provide Oil Industry with Data Computation on the Fly

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RENO, Nev., Nov. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Mercury Computer Systems,Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) and NVIDIA(R) Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) announced a collaboration to combine their expertise to provide exploration and production(E&P) application developers with a comprehensive solution for simultaneous computation and visualization of huge 3D seismic data sets, or any highly demanding computing tasks in the interpretation and simulation workflows.

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Mercury will integrate NVIDIA's Tesla(TM) GPU compute power inside the Open Inventor(TM) by Mercury Computer Systems 3D development toolkit for highly demanding computing tasks in the data analysis, interpretation, andsimulation E&P workflows. E&P application solutions can harness thisunprecedented computing capability to enable interoperability between 3D visualization and the computation on the fly.

During Supercomputing 2007 in Reno, NV , Mercury will show a prototype application developed with Ocean, an application development framework for extending the Schlumberger Petrel seismic-to-simulation software that demonstrates seamless integration between high-performance computing and high-quality visualization for huge 3D seismic data sets. Both Petrel and Ocean arebuilt on top of the Open Inventor and VolumeViz(TM) LDM technologies from Mercury. This new computing offering allows software developers to integrate high-performance computing CUDA code through the Open Inventor(TM) by Mercury Computer Systems toolkit.

"3D visualization has revolutionized the understanding of seismic data,thanks to the performance provided by the GPU," said Jean Bernard Cazeaux,Vice President of the Visualization Sciences Group at Mercury Computer Systems,Inc. "GPUs allow much more than visualization -- they provide amazingcomputing capabilities for interactive applications. Mercury has facilitatedthe interoperability of Open Inventor with NVIDIA's CUDA language, to provide application developers with a unique, integrated solution."

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