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French oil conglomerate Total has inaugurated the world’s ninth-most-powerful supercomputer, Panega. Its purpose: seek out new reservoirs of oil and gas.
The supercomputer’s total output is 2.3 petaflops, which should place it about ninth on today’s TOP500 list, last updated in November. The announcement came as Dell and others prepare to inaugurate a new supercomputer, Stampede, in Texas on March 27.


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This is a key indicator that Gas & Oil are becoming scarce, and if you are financially minded this is HUGE PROFITABLE INFORMATION!!
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This is a key indicator that Gas & Oil are becoming scarce, and if you are financially minded this is HUGE PROFITABLE INFORMATION!!

Either that, or computing power for the 9th most powerful computer in the world is freed up for very important things like energy, which we all need. It doesn't mean they are becoming scare, it means that the oil industry wishes to better predict where oil and gas is, and not waste billions in bad guesses.

Still interesting though.
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I'm thinking people need to start thinking about the ramifications of removing 150 Million Barrels of oil from the earth A DAY, because there has got to be some serious consequences to that...
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I'm thinking people need to start thinking about the ramifications of removing 150 Million Barrels of oil from the earth A DAY, because there has got to be some serious consequences to that...

the big companies will see us all die before giving up on a profit. and that is a literal statement
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I'm thinking people need to start thinking about the ramifications of removing 150 Million Barrels of oil from the earth A DAY, because there has got to be some serious consequences to that...

Well, that is a whole different discussion, which isn't suited for OCN.

I was simply commenting that just because oil companies are using technology to better and more efficiently find gas and oil fields doesn't necessarily mean that gas and oil is getting harder to find, but rather that they want to find in more efficiently and thus no waste as much money on dead ends.
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I work in the oil and gas industry....and there is and has been a big push for more "technology" and "21st century" methods rather than just drilling wildcat wells everywhere...this is a logical step in an ever-evolving industry...i would think it would actually lower environmental impact and spending while allowing for more accurate educated guesses and allocation of resources...theres nothing wrong with adapting modern tech to an "old" industry...you'd be surprised how much computing power is needed for interpreting real-time seismic monitoring of hydraulic fracturing jobs, as well as seismic interpretation of logging runs, monitoring one well from an adjacent well down hole, etc....I for one am all for this
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I'm thinking people need to start thinking about the ramifications of removing 150 Million Barrels of oil from the earth A DAY, because there has got to be some serious consequences to that...

Well, that is a whole different discussion, which isn't suited for OCN.

I was simply commenting that just because oil companies are using technology to better and more efficiently find gas and oil fields doesn't necessarily mean that gas and oil is getting harder to find, but rather that they want to find in more efficiently and thus no waste as much money on dead ends.

Your probably correct...
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Why the hell aren't we pushing for mass adoption of solar technology or wind technology or hydro technology. DITCH THE OIL ALREADY!!!
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Why the hell aren't we pushing for mass adoption of solar technology or wind technology or hydro technology. DITCH THE OIL ALREADY!!!

Because the oil industry has so much money they can buy (or influentially force out) anyone who isn't for big oil. They also use the same patent trolling techniques companies like Apple use to slow progress of alternative energy technologies development in years of legal red tape.
 
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Why the hell aren't we pushing for mass adoption of solar technology or wind technology or hydro technology. DITCH THE OIL ALREADY!!!

Because the cost per watt for wind and solar is multitudes of times more expensive than gas and oil ... not to mention in many locations, wind or solar or hydro just aren't possible.
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