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SCHEDULE: NOV 12-18, 2011

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High Performance Computing Reservoir Simulation in the Oil Industry

SESSION: Research Poster Reception

EVENT TYPE: ACM Student Research Competition Poster, Poster, Electronic Poster

TIME: 5:15PM - 7:00PM


AUTHOR(S):Mohamad Sindi, Majdi Baddourah, M. Ehtesham Hayder

ROOM:WSCC North Galleria 2nd/3rd Floors

Large reservoir simulation is computationally challenging. High resolution reservoir models provide necessary realism in heterogeneous reservoirs. Large number of simulations of such models is necessary in reducing uncertainties in reservoir characterizations and creating efficient field development plans. To meet such challenges, Saudi Aramco, the world’s leading oil producing company, developed a parallel reservoir simulator, POWERS, and built a computing center currently hosting computing power of over 300 teraflops. Both reservoir simulator and computing center are world leaders in the oil industry. In this poster we review some of most innovative HPC works in the oil industry. We review computational characteristics of the POWERS simulator and benchmark results for computations of large reservoir simulation models throughout the past few years. We also share studies to enhance POWERS in various aspects such as GPU usage to solve critical computing blocks, MPI tuning, and reducing the Eco footprint of the simulator.

Chair/Author Details:

Bernd Mohr (Chair) - Juelich Supercomputing Centre

Mohamad Sindi - Saudi Aramco

Majdi Baddourah - Saudi Aramco

M. Ehtesham Hayder - Saudi Aramco

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