Nor-Tech Introduces Affordable Portable HPC Clusters for the Oil & Gas Industry

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Nor-Tech just introduced the first portable HPC cluster for the oil and gas industry with a price point starting at $20,000.

Nor-Tech President and CEO David Bollig

Nor-Tech President and CEO David Bollig

Our goal is to have clients up and running with their new cluster within a couple hours of delivery. We also back that up with no wait time support.

Nor-Tech (Northern Computer Technologies), the leading provider of HPC clusters and high performance workstations, just introduced the first portable HPC cluster for the oil and gas industry with a price point starting at $20,000. Nor-Tech designed the cluster with the understanding that the oil and gas industry is looking for providers:

  • With deep FEA/CFD/CAE experience and an engineering staff that understands the concepts and challenges.
  • With knowledge of all software integration options and assurance of agnostic recommendations.
  • That have the willingness to listen to clients, the ability to understand their needs, and the ability to incorporate those needs into the design.
  • That can deliver a superior cost/performance ratio and a competitive total cost of ownership.
  • That have an excellent reputation within the HPC community, and
  • That offer a strong product lineup backed by quality service and prompt support.

Nor-Tech President and CEO David Bollig said, “Many businesses in the oil and gas industry in particular have been putting off upgrading from a workstation to a cluster even though they know it will dramatically reduce modeling time. Part of the reason is the price and the other part is the anticipated disruption. We’ve been working with clients in just this situation for many years and have perfected the transition process. Our goal is to have clients up and running with their new cluster within a couple hours of delivery. We also back that up with no wait time support.”

Nor-Tech’s cluster was developed with dual goals of mitigating risk and maximizing the speed of obtaining accurate, actionable results at a price within reach of even the smallest oil and gas companies. The cluster aggregates, processes, and interprets a terabyte or more of data originating in simulations, surveys, historical geological sources, etc.

Often, as organizations need more processing power than a single workstation can provide, they will add another workstation. It seems like a cost-saving strategy at first, but as they continue to add workstations, they soon exceed the price of a single cluster—which would also have about 3x the processing power.

“We always recommend the most cost-effective solution for the long term,” Bollig said. “So we do offer high end workstations that may make more sense for start-ups still struggling with desktops.”

2016 HPCwire award finalist, Nor-Tech is renowned throughout the scientific, academic, and business communities for easy to deploy turnkey clusters and expert, no wait time support. All of Nor-Tech’s technology is made by Nor-Tech in Minnesota and supported by Nor-Tech around the world. In addition to HPC clusters, Nor-Tech’s custom technology includes workstations, desktops, and servers for a range of applications including CAE, CFD, and FEA. Nor-Tech engineers average 20+ years of experience and are responsible for significant high performance computing innovations. The company has been in business since 1998 and is headquartered in Burnsville, Minn. just outside of Minneapolis. To contact Nor-Tech call 952-808-1000/toll free: 877-808-1010 or visit http://www.nor-tech.com. For more information on Nor-Tech’s clusters visit: http://www.nor-tech.com/solutions/hpc.

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