UTCS Corporate Connection: Bill Menger/ConocoPhillips (FoCS) Computing Frontiers in Today's Oil Industry ACES 2.302 Wednesday September 12 2007 4:30 p.m.

Contact Name: 
Jenna Whitney
Date: 
Sep 12, 2007 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Type of Talk: UTCS Corporate Connection/ConocoPhi

llips (FoCS)

Speaker Name/Affiliation: Bill Menger/Director Softwar

e Computing ConocoPhillips

Date/Time: Wednesday September 12 2007
at 4:30 p.m.
Mixer Following ACES Connector Lobby

at 5:30 p.m.

Location: ACES 2.302

Talk Title: Computing Fro

ntiers in Today''s Oil Industry

Talk Abstract:
Today''s Computer

Science graduate faces amazing
opportunities and challenges. Two quant

um shifts underway
affect CS professionals. First with an increasingly
flattened
world many companies have moved operations to the countries

that can provide the best technical people for the job. We are
se

eing an increase in the number of high tech complex jobs
moving outsid

e of the United States. Second computer hardware
has hit an inflectio

n point in its complexity curve. This inflection
point started when ch

ip manufacturers were unable to increase
performance by increasing sing

le-core processor speed. Out of
necessity they began creating multi-

core chips. Next generation
software design must take advantage of all

available aspects of
current hardware. The most successful software des

igns will be
portable to a variety of hardware and operating systems.
The energy business is one of the most exciting places to
be in t

his shifted environment. First we are trying to
find oil and gas toda

y in places where yesterday we had
given up. The scientific software t

hat we write and use
today solves physical models that have grown expon

entially
in their complexity and difficulty in comparison to the
ph

ysical models we were solving with our software code in
the 1980s. As

energy becomes scarcer software will need
to increase in complexity to
allow us to continue to find
those resources. Second shifting econom

ies have led to
corporate mergers. A large multi-national company like

ConocoPhillips requires a diverse array of skills and needs
to de

ploy those skills across the globe. For example look
at network engin

eering. Every office in our company needs
to connect hundreds of users
to dozens of servers terabytes
of disk storage backup systems etc.
and a wide area network.
We need to be able to do this with the lowest
latency highest
bandwidth and lowest cost for each of these connecti

ons.
Our network engineers need software skills hardware skills
a

nd the ability to supervise the technicians who deal with
the equipment

.

During my presentation I will show you a couple of projects
my
team is working on within the technology department on
the exploration
and production side of the business. One of
these involves high perfo

rmance computing (HPC) and the
other involves agile software developmen

t and a sustainable
software process we are using to build scientific a

pplications
for our internal customers.