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Thursday, February 28 • 2:10pm - 2:30pm
Facility and Infrastructure: "Tape NAS – The Data Storage Game Changer!," Matt Star, Spectra Logic


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The Oil and Gas industry today faces many challenges. Among the most critical of those challenges is how to manage the onslaught of exponential data growth rates. As users create, gather and
move various data assets though the exploration and production life‐cycle, multiple applications are used to access, process, manipulate and output the data. For the Oil and Gas industry, today’s
storage infrastructures must be configured and tiered appropriately to enable an efficient workflow that allows timely, cost-effective access to data. They must also provide scalability as needed, as
well as performance and transparency for end users. The best technology platforms to accomplish this today are a combination of disk, tape and in some cases, flash with intelligent file system
applications on the front end. Current tape technologies combined with disk technologies, and eventually flash technologies in a strategically organized implementation can address the current and
future challenges and objectives of oil and gas storage administrators, including performance, compliance, security, cost, energy consumption, asset preservation, and data protection

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Keith Gray

Manager, High Performance Computing, BP
Keith Gray is Manager of High Performance Computing for BP. The HPC Team supports the computing requirements for BP’s Advanced Seismic Imaging Research efforts. This team supports one of the largest Linux Clusters dedicated to research in Oil and Gas. Mr. Gray graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in geophysics, and has worked for BP and Amoco since 1985. He was listed in HPCWire’s People to Watch 2006.
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Bill Menger

Director, HPC, Global Geophysical
Bill Menger is the Director of HPC at Global Geophysical Services, Inc. Bill started his career as a nuclear engineer for the US Navy prior to joining Conoco in 1982 to work on magnetotellurics and electrical methods. Bill has also worked on multicomponent seismic, data management, and seismic processing systems for Conoco and ConocoPhillips. He left Conoco for three years to join AGS, working on Kirchhoff and demultiple techniques. He returned... Read More →

Chap Wong

Chap Wong is a Chevron Fellow, he is recognized as Chevron’s thought leader in high-performance computing. He is currently a member of the Strategy, Architecture and Emerging Technology Team in Chevron Energy Technology Company’s Technical Computing Department. Chap is engaged in market evaluation, proof of concept and deployment of the emerging technologies required to maximize the performance of Chevron’s HPC environment. 
He has over... Read More →

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Matt Starr

CTO, Spectra Logic
I love solving problems, high tech, low tech I just love problem solving. I have worked at Spectra Logic for the last 23 years. Spectra Logic specializes in storing massive amounts of data, exabytes. That means we get to build the largest data storage systems in the world, using both disk and tape and flash. I have a BS in Electrical Engineering, specializing in VLSI design. I currently hold 41 US patents and have 65 under file. I have... Read More →

Thursday February 28, 2013 2:10pm - 2:30pm
McMurtry Auditorium Duncan Hall