Case Study: MicroSeismic

“The HP ProLiant SL390s G7 servers greatly improved performance, processing jobs in just a few minutes that once took 20 minutes —about eight times faster.”

Brian Gibbons, IT Manager, MicroSeismic, Inc.


MicroSeismic, a geophysical service company providing real-time monitoring and mapping of hydraulic fracture operations for the development of unconventional oil and gas extraction, has grown tremendously in recent years. Its backlog of data to process had increased to 5 days, which was not acceptable to its customers. That was the business problem that MicroSeismic needed to get solved and by working with TSA and HP they were able to provide real business benefits now and in the future for their customers.



Decrease processing cycles by deploying a more powerful processing solution for oil and gas field data



Turn to HP Elite Partner TSA for advice on how to speed processing with HP Converged Infrastructure-based technologies


IT improvements

• 8 times faster server management with HP S6500/SL390 and BladeSystem

• 50% reduction in power consumption with HP S6500/SL390 and BladeSystem

• Business continuity solution with replication of data across two sites


Business benefits

• 8 times faster processing of data for optimizing well stimulation

• 20% reduction in TCO for total server count due to virtualization

• Increase in revenue due to faster turnaround and improved productivity

• Faster growth with enhanced ability to service more customers

• $100,000 USD in equipment savings with HP Storage P4000 storage area network (SAN)


The results speak for themselves.

MicroSeismic turned to HP Elite Partner Technical & Scientific Application, Inc. (TSA), also based in Houston. “I invited TSA to come in and make some recommendations on how we could upgrade our infrastructure,” says Brian Gibbons, IT manager, MicroSeismic, Inc. “TSA suggested that we incorporate NVIDIA Tesla graphics processing units (GPUs) with HP ProLiant rack-mounted servers. We went to the HP High Performance Computing Group and they recommended the HP ProLiant DL160se G6 with the Tesla 1070. TSA demonstrated those for us and they greatly improved the performance of our code, processing jobs in just a few minutes that once took 20 minutes — about eight times faster. We could also run two jobs per server, which really accelerated the process.”


Despite the massive performance improvements from the HP servers, MicroSeismic, Inc. saw its business grow so rapidly that it still had a backlog of 20,000 jobs. It looked to TSA and HP for the next generation of servers to power its analysis solution and decided to upgrade to the HP ProLiant SL390s G7 server with two NVIDIA Tesla M2070 GPUs housed in an HP S6500 chassis. The grid at the main data center now consists of 88 SL390s servers, and MicroSeismic has an additional 60 severs on order. The company repurposed its DL160se servers for its field units, which are just smaller grids running the same analysis software at its field sites.

The new equipment has helped MicroSeismic reduce its backlog and get data back to its customers faster. “Our customers want their data back immediately. A rig can cost $1 million per day, so we’re doing everything we can to turn these jobs around to save them money,” says Gibbons. “Plus the more jobs we can process in a day, the more revenue we earn.”


Take a look at this fascinating story of the MicroSeismic case study and then see if you can hear that “Sweet sound of oil and gas”.

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