“We have 1024 CPUs in our cluster.”

“This imaging job will be run on our 2000 CPU Linux cluster.”

“We have over 3000 CPUs dedicated to seismic processing.”

How many times have oil company representatives heard lines like these? How many times have those of us in the seismic processing industry delivered lines like these? Most importantly, does it really matter how many CPUs you have?

With the advent of low-cost Linux clusters, seismic processing options such as large-scale prestack depth migration and wave-equation migration became feasible on a commercial level. In turn, in the never-ending cycle of one-upsmanship that...

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