Supercomputing in Reservoir Simulation
The problem of efficient utilization of computational resources gets more vital taking into account growing demands in the quality and details of 3D reservoir models. Nowadays, reservoir engineers typically have to upscale geological models when dealing with medium and large reservoirs in order to meet the deadlines with the available computation resources. Low resolution details of the dynamic model coupled to the upscalling errors lead to questionable results in production forecasting.
The efficiency of modern computer systems exhibit continuous growth due to increasing numbers of computational cores. High-performance hardware costs are decreasing every day, and hardware-software systems that were extremely expensive just a couple of years ago can be purchased for a reasonable price even for small service companies. Taking into account the availability of multi-CPU computers, we should pay more attention to the software side in order to utilize all computational resources in parallel simulations. Due to outdated software architecture, most common reservoir simulators skip most of the available computation power.
Our technology allows simulations on the finest grids due to utilization of the most recent developments in the software. According to our vision, this approach not only improves the model details, but also assists in collaboration between geologists and reservoir engineers.