Mercury Computer Systems (ticker: MRCY, exchange: NASDAQ Global Select Market (.O))
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Mercury Computer Systems Provides Enhanced Volume Rendering and Visualization for Industry-Leading Seismic Processing Solution by CGGVolumeViz LDM Software is Key Enabling Technology for Geocluster Software
CHELMSFORD, Mass., March 15, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Mercury Computer
Systems, Inc. announced that Compagnie Generale de Geophysique (CGG) selected
Open Inventor(R) from Mercury and VolumeViz(TM) LDM (large data management)
visualization components, to develop the latest version of its Geocluster(TM)
seismic processing software.
CGG, a principal supplier of geophysical products and services to the
worldwide oil and gas industry, has integrated the VolumeViz LDM technology
into the latest release of Geocluster, its industry-leading seismic processing
and interpretation software application. With the incorporation of VolumeViz
LDM technology, Geocluster can address the growing need of geophysicists for
greater autonomy to run increasingly compute-intensive applications involving
the visualization of large data volumes and detailed graphic interpretation.
"One of the most important shifts currently taking place in seismic
processing, visualization and interpretation is in the area of interaction,"
said Pascal Rosset, CGG's vice president of Research, Development &
Industrialization for Data Processing & Reservoir Services. "The VolumeViz
LDM software from Mercury is a key enabling technology for our application
developers working on this shift -- it provides the latest volume-rendering
visualization technology in terms of scalability, flexibility and performance,
even on desktop platforms. It is very exciting because it enables us to
continue bringing our Geocluster end users ever-increasing levels of
interaction with continuously growing seismic data volumes."
Today CGG raises the standard by delivering the most cost-effective, high-
performance processing services and solutions available to the worldwide oil
and gas industry. Mercury technology is integrated as a standard in the
geophysicist's desktop and interpretation workstation and will contribute to
increased accuracy as well as facilitate decision-making. CGG continues to be
closely involved in enhancing the specifications of Open Inventor from Mercury
and VolumeViz LDM software.
"Mercury is very proud to have been selected by CGG to provide
visualization technologies participating in the interpretation of ever larger
seismic data sets," said Jean Bernard Cazeaux, vice president of Geosciences,
Imaging and Visualization Solutions, Mercury Computer Systems. "Our VolumeViz
LDM technology allows unprecedented access to extremely large data sets, and
at the same time provides a remarkably interactive user experience. The user
perceives that any portion of the volume can be displayed immediately, the
volume can be navigated smoothly at all times, slices and probes are
responsive at all times, and image quality is automatically managed to the
best possible level."
With Geocluster, CGG runs parallel cluster computing power to process
large-volume modern datasets through intensive workflows (e.g., Pre-SDM) and
leverages on the latest generation of PCs. Geocluster runs on major UNIX
platforms as well as on economical Intel servers using the Linux operating
system. Geocluster is designed to run in true parallel mode on several UNIX
and Linux systems. New technologies are incorporated in Geocluster as a
network-wide distributed processing and distributed operating environment to
ensure optimum workload balancing and flexible hardware management.
About VolumeViz LDM
VolumeViz LDM from Mercury provides a complete solution for rendering
volume data using a variety of techniques including slices, skins, direct
volume rendering, and much more. VolumeViz LDM takes this visualization
capability even further by allowing you to view huge amounts of data on
systems ranging from laptops to fully immersive virtual environments.
Today many volume data sets, for example seismic data, commonly exceed
10's or even 100's of gigabytes. The VolumeViz LDM solution is an innovative
hierarchical, multi-resolution data manager allowing the rendering of
extremely large data sets with reliable interactive navigation even on
relatively low-end machines. For best results, the data is pre-processed to
create a hierarchy of lower-resolution (sub sampled) "bricks." The bricks at
each higher level represent a larger portion of the total volume at a lower
resolution. So overall, the top level brick contains a low resolution
"overview" of the entire volume, and the lowest level bricks contain the full-
resolution data. For more information on Open Inventor from Mercury and
VolumeViz, visit Mercury's website at www.mc.com/tgs/volumeviz.
About Compagnie Generale de Geophysique
The Compagnie Generale de Geophysique group is a global participant in the
oilfield services industry, providing a wide range of seismic data
acquisition, processing and geoscience services and software to clients in the
oil and gas exploration and production business. It is also a global
manufacturer of geophysical equipment. CGG develops, markets and supports a
broad portfolio of advanced geoscience software systems that cover seismic
data acquisition and processing, as well as geoscience interpretation and E&P
data management. With an installed base exceeding 150 sites and the
industrial use of its own software in over 20 processing service centers, CGG
is a strategic supplier of geoscience software. More information at
About Mercury Computer Systems, Inc.
Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) is the leading provider of
high-performance embedded, real-time digital signal and image processing
computer systems. Mercury's products play a critical role in a wide range of
applications, transforming sensor data to information for analysis and
interpretation. In military reconnaissance and surveillance platforms the
company's systems process real-time radar, sonar, and signals intelligence
data. Mercury's systems are also used in state-of-the-art medical diagnostic
imaging devices including MRI, CT, PET, and digital X-ray, and in
semiconductor imaging applications including photomask generation and wafer
inspection. Mercury provides advanced 3D image processing and visualization
software and optimized systems to diverse end markets including life sciences,
geosciences, and simulation. The Company also provides radio frequency (RF)
products for enhanced communications capabilities in military and commercial
Based in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Mercury serves customers in North
America, Europe and Asia through its direct sales force and a network of
subsidiaries and distributors. Visit Mercury on the web at www.mc.com.
Forward-Looking Safe Harbor Statement
This news release contains certain forward-looking statements, as that
term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995,
including those relating to Open Inventor from Mercury, VolumeViz, and
Mercury's relationship with CGG. You can identify these statements by our use
of the words "may," "will," "should," "plans," "expects," "anticipates,"
"continue," "estimate," "project," "intend," and similar expressions. These
forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause
actual results to differ materially from those projected or anticipated. Such
risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, general economic and
business conditions in the oil and gas industry, effects of continued geo-
political unrest and regional conflicts, competition, changes in technology,
delays in completing engineering and manufacturing programs, continued success
in technological advances and delivering technological innovations, market
acceptance of the Company's products, shortages in components, and production
delays due to performance quality issues with outsourced components. These
risks and uncertainties also include such additional risk factors as are
discussed in the Company's recent filings with the U.S. Securities and
Exchange Commission, including its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the
quarter ended December 31, 2004. The Company cautions readers not to place
undue reliance upon any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as
of the date made. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-
looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which
such statement is made.
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