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Sun Microsystems Announces Installation of Platform at Unocal

Unocal Using UltraSPARC III-Based Sun Blade 1000 Workstation With Landmark Graphics Visualization Applications (September 12, 2001)
Sun Microsystems, Inc., announced the installation of Sun's low-cost workstation platform running Landmark Graphics' visualization software for Unocal, a leading energy resource and project development company. Unocal combined these two high-quality, affordable product offerings to help improve departmental-level collaboration and decision-making in oil and gas exploration and production.

The combination of these technologies takes the form of a flat-screen and single stereoscopic projector running on the Solaris 8 Operating Environment and the Sun Blade 1000 workstation with Sun Expert 3D graphics technology. The massive volume of seismic data is visualized through Landmark's 2003 versions of Earthcube and OpenVision graphics applications. Landmark optimized the performance of its visualization software applications to take advantage of Sun's mission critical graphics features and 64-bit UltraSPARC III-based architecture.

"Like any company in this market, we're focused on reducing the risks and costs associated with our projects, while making the outcomes as successful as possible," said Scharine Kirchoff, Unocal project lead. "Immersive visualization environments are essential to helping us do our jobs better and smarter. However, most companies can't afford a million-dollar, high-end solution. With the Landmark solution on the Sun platform, we're able to experience the performance of a high-end solution and all the benefits that a collaborative environment can yield-without breaking our bank."

Landmark's applications, running on the Sun Blade 1000 workstation, provide a cost-effective implementation of the theater-style "decisionarium" technology. The combination of these technology products can help companies like Unocal consider multiple low-cost visualization centers, allowing for increased collaborative decision-making across the company at the workgroup level. The successful union of Landmark software with Sun technology suggests that Sun's affordable platform can also allow other small companies to experience the benefits of a visualization environment, a powerful tool formerly restricted to large companies or high-cost, high-risk operations.

Already a key player in the desktop enterprise segments of the market, Sun is targeting this solution at departmental-sized (three-to-four team members) work groups, offering the possibility of more screen real estate and stereo capabilities that bring massive data sets to life.

"The benefits collaborative visualization technologies bring to the oil and gas industries are well understood," said Fred Kohout, director of marketing for the technical market products group at Sun Microsystems. "Working with industry leaders like Landmark, Sun is delivering the required technology at a price point that can help enable every company to broadly deploy world-class immersive visualization environments."

"We are bridging the gap between the end user's native environment desktop and high-end visualization systems," said John Gibson, Landmark Graphics' president and CEO. "The combination of this facility, which utilizes Sun workstations, servers and graphics technology with Landmark's unparalleled suite of integrated applications, is one more step in the revolution occurring in the ways that asset team members work together."

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