Leostream: Under the Hood of a High-Performance Compute and Visualization Platform

I admit it, we’re not that flashy here at Leostream. We focus on our jobs, our customers, our software and don’t spend a lot of time doubling down on how great we are at doing those things.

We prefer to talk about our partners’ and customers’ successes. We’re like proud parents, taking more joy watching what others can do with the tools we give them than in talking about our tools themselves.

Which is why we’re super excited about the upcoming NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference, where our partner GeoComputing Group will be presenting their high-performance compute and visualization platform for oil & gas companies. You guessed it, one of the pieces under the hood is Leostream!

 

What is the RiVA Platform?

 RiVA is a brand of computing platforms designed for geological and geophysical (G&G) workloads and workflows, specifically for Oil & Gas companies. It was designed to address the business and technical challenges posed by subsurface exploration.

Oil and gas companies have struggled to find experts to manage the complex systems needed for subsurface exploration. Not to mention that the large data sets these engineers require often take more than eight hours to load. Who has that kind of time to wait?

RiVA was built to address the problems of slow data transfers, providing performance 30 times faster than other solutions. And, as a fully configured solution, it reduces deployment time from years to months.

 

What else is under the hood?

 Like all solutions, the whole is the sum of many parts. The RiVA platform leverages NVIDIA GPUs and virtual GPU technology (this is a GPU Technology Conference, after all) to meet the performance requirements of the graphics-intense applications frequently used in the Oil & Gas sector.  NVIDIA Quadro vDWS with data center GPUS delivers high-quality, 3D virtual workstations accessible anytime, anywhere.

Since these applications are hosted in a data center, you need a display protocol that connects users in a way that provides graphics-rich rendering on the user’s display.  Enter another of Leostream’s partners – Mechdyne. Mechdyne TGX provides a seamless 3-D desktop experience, including resizing the user’s session to match their client’s displays as the user roams from location to location.

 

So, where’s Leostream?

Leostream serves as the end user access point and manages the end user’s TGX connections. In Leostream, administrators define rules that present users with the correct pools of resources based on the user’s discipline. Users don’t need to track which systems match their requirements, they simply log into the Web portal and see what they need.

Leostream makes it possible for the user to quickly and efficiently connect to the systems they require to perform their work. And, Leostream automatically reboots the system after the user logs out, to clear up shared memory segments between user sessions, a problem often associated with G&G applications.

In short, Leostream is critical in coordinating all the components into one, cohesive solution that users can access from a single-pane-of-glass interface.

 

Learn more

So, come hear more about it at GTC. And, if you’re there, come see me! I’ll be in the crowd for the GeoComputing Group presentation at 9 am PDT on Wednesday, March 20, beaming like a proud parent.

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