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Santos is Red Hat 'innovator of the year'

Friday, June 3, 2011

Australian oil and gas company Santos reports that it has been named "innovator of the year" at an open source software summit, organised Red Hat, one of the leading suppliers of Linux services.

Santos won the award for its TurboVNC project, which helps send 20 frames of jpg images per second from a server to a remote PC.

Santos developed TurboVNC so it could enable its geoscientists to work on reservoir models using light clients, with all of the processing being done in central servers.

Also competing for the award were Nissan, DreamWorks, Verizon and Emirates. The award winner was chosen by voting by the open source developers at the summit.

Santos decided to compete for the award to draw attention to what it had done, to encourage other companies to get involved in TurboVNC, which would in turn make Santos' own efforts to improve the software provide a bigger return.

Santos reports that movie animation company Dreamworks is talking to the TurboVNC open source team about potentially using it.

The award was accepted by Darren Stanton, senior geoscience systems specialist at Santos.

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